Sasha Kimel, Ph.D., is a Harvard College Fellow (equivalent to a visiting professor) at Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from University of Michigan and her B.A. from the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on understanding the psychological factors that influence conflict between groups while taking seriously the impact of cultural context and inequality. She uses field-experiments, measures of real consequences, and collects data from groups that are actually involved in conflict. Broadly, she seeks to both advance theories underlying significant societal problems and to help create scientifically-tested interventions that are applicable to diverse contexts.
To develop her research program on the nature of inter-ethnic conflict, she use an interdisciplinary approach (i.e., political science, communications, public policy, organizational behavior, biology, neuroscience) and multiple levels of analysis. For instance, at the Cultural level, she examines how conflict intervention strategies vary by context; at the Societal level, how power and status impact intergroup interactions; and, at the Biological level, how the psychological processes underlying conflict are affected by genetic information as well as neural and physiological factors.
Sasha teaches a number of courses at Harvard, including Cultural Psychology, Psychology of the Political Left & Right, and Psychology of Being Rich or Poor. She also teaches Experimental Research Methods at UMass Boston.