Sasha Kimel, Ph.D. serves in the role of a visiting assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at Harvard University and recently completed the competitive Harvard College Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from University of Michigan and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Kimel's goal is to understand the social psychological factors that drive conflicts and to find interventions that can reduce them. To develop her research program of the nature of conflict, she use multiple levels of analysis. At the Cultural level, she examines how conflict intervention strategies vary by cultural contexts and diverse social identities; at the Societal level, she examines how societal inequality impacts conflict; and at the Biological level, she examines how conflict is impacted by DNA information and other biological factors. These levels of analyses require using an interdisciplinary approach (e.g., communications, neurobiological, public policy) as well as cross-cultural methods, field experiments, measures of behavioral and policy outcomes, and data from groups that are currently engaged in conflict (e.g., Israeli Jews, Palestinians, foreign volunteers fighting against ISIS). To devise strategies that can create real world change, she also draws on her public policy education and her experience working in the Peace & Security cluster at UN Women and in social justice focused non-profits.
Dr. Kimel's research has been published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and NeuroImage. Her work has also been featured in popular press outlets, including The Washington Post and Scientific American. Dr. Kimel teaches a number of courses at Harvard, including Cultural Psychology: Diverse Social Identities in the US and Beyond; Psychology of the Political Left & Right; and Psychology of Being Rich or Poor. She has also taught Experimental Research Methods at both Harvard and UMass Boston.