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Dr. E. (Eftychia) Stamkou

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Social Psychology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number:2.31
Postal address
  • Postbus 15900
    1001 NK Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Biographical Sketch

    Eftychia Stamkou (1985) is a social and cultural psychologist. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Panteion University of Athens (summa cum laude) alongside her music composition studies at Conservatorium of Athens (cum laude). She then moved to the University of Amsterdam where she completed a Research Master’s in social and organizational psychology (cum laude) and conducted her dissertation research in social psychology (PhD in 2018). After her PhD, she was appointed assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, where she also coordinates the Cultural Psychology Master’s. She has held temporary positions at Columbia University, Columbia Business School, and the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, where she is currently visiting faculty. Eftychia’s research is supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO: Rubicon, Veni), the Fulbright Program, and the European Commission (Horizon-2020 Societal Challenges). In 2020, she received the triennial Early Career Award of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). 

    Research Interests

    My research interests lie at the realms of art, culture, power, and norm violations. In my past research I studied how people react to norm violators and under which circumstances people confer violators power. This line of research revealed important constraints to norm violators’ upward mobility, such as the cultural context (e.g., norm violators are seen as powerless in collectivistic cultures), the observer’s status (e.g., high-status observers block violator’s way up), and the domain of the violation (e.g., deviance is rewarded in art but not in business settings). I then took a novel and positive perspective on norm violations to study how deviant actors gain influence in art. Building upon this line of research, I am currently studying how people respond to art that violates and challenges widely-shared norms (e.g., heteronormativity) and how socio-cultural factors may account for the suppression of deviant artistic content (i.e., censorship). I see art as a “soft” form of power that can challenge our preconceptions and study the processes through which art transforms our cultural worldviews.

     

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  • CV

    Academic Positions

    • 2019 - 2021: Visiting Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
    • 2018 - to date: Assistant Professor of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam
    • 2014: Visiting Scholar, Columbia Business School, Columbia University

    Education

    • 2018: Ph.D in Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 
    • 2011: M.Sc. in Social and Organizational Psychology (research master), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (cum laude)
    • 2008: B.Sc. in Psychology, Panteion University of Athens, Greece (summa cum laude) 

    Research Grants

    • 2021 - 2025: Talent Programme Veni grant (€250,000) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the research project "From fiction to reality: Can art that violates gender norms counteract bias against women leaders?"
    • 2020 - 2024: Horizon 2020 Consortium grant (€524,054) from the European Commission for the project “Art and research on transformation of individuals and societies (ARTIS)”, in collaboration with the University of Vienna, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Belgrade, Aarhus University, Weissensee Art School Berlin, Royal Holloway University of London, Interdisciplinary Forum Neurourbanism, University of Oxford, and UNESCO (total budget: €2,994,276).
    • 2019: Fulbright-Schuman grant (€23,000) from the Fulbright Program for the research project “The cultural mapping of social status” at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
    • 2019 - 2021: Rubicon grant (€102,790) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the research project “The cultural mapping of social status” at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
    • 2017: Conference grant (€5,000) from the Kurt Lewin Institute for the conference "Cultural perspectives on social norms: Insights from research and the field". 
    • 2012 - 2015: Research Talent grant (€168,076) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project "Climbing the ladder or falling from grace: How norm violations shape social hierarchies".
    • 2009 - 2011: Postgraduate studies scholarship (€38,400) from Propondis Foundation for the Research Master's program at the University of Amsterdam.
    • 2004 - 2006: Undergraduate studies scholarship (€3,000) from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY).

    Awards & Honors

    • 2020 - Early Career Award of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
    • 2019 - Finalist for the Dissertation Award of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) 
    • 2019 - Seal of Excellence from the European Commission
    • 2018 - Honorable Mention for the Best Dissertation Award of the Dutch Association for Social Psychology (ASPO)
    • 2018 - Finalist for the Best Dissertation Award of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), The Harry and Pola Triandis award for best dissertation in Cross-Cultural psychology.
    • 2011 - Best Research Master Thesis Award of the University of Amsterdam, Department of Psychology.
    • 2008 - Top 1% of the Psychology Bachelor program of the Panteion University of Athens, Department of Psychology.

    Membership in Professional Organizations

    • Academy of Management (AOM)
    • Dutch Association for Social Psychology (ASPO)
    • European Association of Social Psychology  (EASP)
    • International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
    • International Association for Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA)

    Teaching

    PhD supervision

    • Rohan Dunham (2020 - present)

    Service

    • 2020 - present: Associate Editor of Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology
    • 2020 - present: Reviewer for the public funding agency of Czech Republic, Czech Science Foundation
    • 2016 - 2019: Coordinator of the Cultural Psychology Master's Program, Social Psychology Department, University of Amsterdam
    • 2013 - present: Ad-hoc reviewer for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Personality, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Social and Psychological Personality Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Current Opinion in Psychology
  • Full Publication List

    International Journal Articles

    • van Kleef, G. A., Heerdink, M. W., Cheshin, A., Stamkou, E., Wanders, F., Koning, L. F., Fang, X., & Georgeac, O. A. M. (2021). No guts, no glory? How risk-taking shapes dominance, prestige, and leadership endorsement. Journal of Applied Psychologyhttps://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000868
    • Gelfand. M. J., Li, R., Stamkou, E., Denison, E., Fernandez, J., Chatman, J., Jackson, J., Pieper, D., Dimant, E. (2021). Persuading conservatives and liberals to comply with mask wearing: An intervention tournament. Registered Report accepted at Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
    • Dobrowolska, M., Groyecka-Bernard, A., Sorokowski, P., Randall, A. K., Hilpert, P., Ahmadi, K., Alghraibeh, A. M., Aryeetey, R., Bertoni, A., Bettache, K., Błażejewska, M., Bodenmann, G., Bortolini, T. S., Bosc, C., Butovskaya, M., Castro, F. N., Cetinkaya, H., Cunha, D., ... Stamkou, E., ... Sorokowska, A. (2020). Global perspective on marital satisfaction. Sustainability12(21), [8817]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218817
    • Specker, E., Stamkou, E., Pelowski, M., & Leder, H.  (2020). Radically revolutionary or pretty flowers? The impact of curatorial narrative of artistic deviance on perceived artist influence. Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts. doi:10.1037/aca0000320
    • Stamkou, E., Homan, A. C., & Van Kleef, G. A. (2020). Climbing the ladder or falling from grace? A threat-opportunity framework of the effects of norm violations on social rank. Current Opinion in Psychology, 33, 74-79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.07.012
    • Stamkou, E., Van Kleef, G. A., & Homan, A. C. (2019). Feeling entitled to rules: Entitled individuals prevent norm violators from rising up the ranks. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 84, 103790https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2019.03.001
    • Stamkou, E., Van Kleef, G. A., Homan, A. C., Gelfand, M. J., Van de Vijver, F., van Egmond, M. C., Boer, D., … Lee, I. C. (2019). Cultural collectivism and tightness moderate responses to norm violators: Effects on power perception, moral emotions, and leader support. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45, 947-964. doi.org/10.1177/0146167218802832 
    • Cantarero, K., Szarota, P., Stamkou, E., Navas, M. & Espinosa, A. C. D. (2018). The effects of culture and moral foundations on moral judgments: The ethics of authority mediates the relationship between power distance and attitude towards lying to one's supervisor. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-018-9945-0 
    • Stamkou, E., Van Kleef, G. A., & Homan, A. C. (2018). The art of influence: When and why deviant artists gain impact. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115, 276-303. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000131
    • Cantarero, K., Szarota, P., Stamkou, E., Navas, M. & Espinosa, A. C. D. (2018). When is a lie acceptable? Work and private life lying acceptance depends on its beneficiary. The Journal of Social Psychology, 158, 220-235. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2017.1327404
    • Sorokowska, A., Groyecka, A., Karwowski, M., Frackowiak, T., Ahmadi, K., … Stamkou., E., … Pierce, J. D (2018). Global study of social odor awareness. Chemical Senses, 43, 503-513. https://doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjy038
    • Sorokowska, A., Sorokowski, P., Hilpert, P., Cantarero, K., Frackowiak, T., … Stamkou., E., … Pierce, J. D. (2017). Preferred interpersonal distances: A global comparison. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 577-592. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022117698039
    • Sorokowski P., Randall, A. K., Groyecka, A., Frackowiak, T., Cantarero, K., … Stamkou, E., … Sorokowska, A. (2017). Marital satisfaction, sex, age, marriage duration, religion, number of children, economic status, education, and collectivistic values: Data from 33 countries. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01199
    • Stamkou, E., Van Kleef, G. A., Homan, A. C., & Galinsky, A. D. (2016). How norm violations shape social hierarchies: Those who stand on top block norm violators from rising up. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 19, 608–629. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430216641305
    • Stamkou, E., van Kleef, G. A., Fischer, A. H., & Kret, M. E. (2016). Are the powerful really blind to the feelings of others? How hierarchical concerns shape attention to emotions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 755–768. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167216636632
    • Hilpert, P., Randall, A. K., Sorokowski, P., Atkins, D. C., Sorokowska, A., … Stamkou., E., … Bettache, K. (2016). The associations of dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction vary between and within nations: A 35-nation study. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01106
    • Van Elk, M., Karinen, A., Specker, E., Stamkou, E., & Baas, M. (2016). “Standing in Awe”: The effects of awe on body perception and the relation with absorption. Collabra, 2. http://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.36
    • Van Kleef, G. A., Wanders, F., Stamkou, E., & Homan, A. C. (2015). The social dynamics of breaking the rules: antecedents and consequences of norm-violating behavior. Current Opinion in Psychology, 6, 25–31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.03.013
    • Van Kleef, G. A., Homan, A. C., Finkenauer, C., Gündemir, S., & Stamkou, E. (2011). Breaking the rules to rise to power: How norm violators gain power in the eyes of others. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 2, 500–507. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550611398416
    • Dobrowolska, M., Sorokowski, P., Randall, A., Groyecka, A., Hilpert, P., … Stamkou., E., … Sorokowska, A. (2020). Global perspective on marital satisfaction. Sustainability (accepted for publication).

    Book Chapters

    • Stamkou, E. & Van Kleef, G. A. (2014). Do we give power to the right people? When and how norm violators rise to the top. In J.-W. van Prooijen and P. A. M. van Lange (Eds.), Power, politics, and paranoia: Why people are suspicious of their leaders. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

    Dissertation

    • Stamkou, E. (2018). The dynamic nature of social hierarchies: The role of norm violations and hierarchical concerns. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Ipskamp.

    Popular Articles

    Research Under Review 

    • Stamkou, E. & Keltner. D. (2021). Aesthetic revolution: Art as culture and catalyst for social change. Manuscript In Preparation (Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3578575)
    • Stamkou, E., Homan, A. H., Van Kleef, G. A., & Gelfand. M. J. (2021). Follow the leader? The spatial representation of human leadership depends on ecological threat. Manuscript Under Review
    • Van der Woerdt, S. & Stamkou, E. (2021). Predicting populist support: Studying the effect of issue ownership in an automated newspaper content analysis. Manuscript Under Review
  • Online Study: Images and Sounds

    Images & Sounds

    We invite you and your child to be a part of our online research! Our studies are for children between the ages of 8 and 13, and we would love for your child to participate!

    • What do we research? We research the emotional experiences children have when they look at art.
    • What happens during the study? In this online study, your child (aged 8-13) will watch a 5-min audio-video clip and then answer few simple questions. 
    • Who is eligible? Children between 8 and 13 years old, who are native Dutch or English speakers are welcome to participate.
    • What do I need in order to participate? All you need to participate is a laptop or desktop computer or tablet or phone, with reliable internet connection!
    • How long does it take to participate? Participation takes about 15 minutes, including parental consent. Participating is completely voluntary, so if your child gets bored or uncomfortable, you can stop the study at any time by simply closing the web browser.
    • What is the purpose of this research? Your participation will contribute to understanding children's early social development.
    • Where can I participate? You can participate from home or any quiet place where you have good internet connection.

    English: PARTICIPATE NOW!

    Dutch: DOE NU MEE!

  • Publications

    2021

    • Cantarero, K., Szarota, P., Stamkou, E., Navas, M., & Dominguez Espinosa, A. C. (2021). The effects of culture and moral foundations on moral judgments: The ethics of authority mediates the relationship between power distance and attitude towards lying to one's supervisor. Current Psychology, 40(2), 675–683. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-018-9945-0 [details]
    • van Kleef, G. A., Heerdink, M. W., Cheshin, A., Stamkou, E., Wanders, F., Koning, L. F., Fang, X., & Georgeac, O. A. M. (2021). No guts, no glory? How risk-taking shapes dominance, prestige, and leadership endorsement. Journal of Applied Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000868

    2020

    • Dobrowolska, M., Groyecka-Bernard, A., Sorokowski, P., Randall, A. K., Hilpert, P., Ahmadi, K., Alghraibeh, A. M., Aryeetey, R., Bertoni, A., Bettache, K., Błażejewska, M., Bodenmann, G., Bortolini, T. S., Bosc, C., Butovskaya, M., Castro, F. N., Cetinkaya, H., Cunha, D., David, D., ... Sorokowska, A. (2020). Global perspective on marital satisfaction. Sustainability (Switzerland), 12(21), [8817]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218817 [details]
    • Specker, E., Stamkou, E., Pelowski, M., & Leder, H. (2020). Radically Revolutionary or Pretty Flowers? The Impact of Curatorial Narrative of Artistic Deviance on Perceived Artist Influence. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000320
    • Stamkou, E., Homan, A. C., & van Kleef, G. A. (2020). Climbing the ladder or falling from grace? A threat-opportunity framework of the effects of norm violations on social rank. Current Opinion in Psychology, 33, 74-79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.07.012 [details]

    2019

    2018

    2017

    • Sorokowska, A., Sorokowski, P., Hilpert, P., Cantarero, K., Frackowiak, T., Ahmadi, K., ... Stamkou, E. (2017). Preferred Interpersonal Distances: A Global Comparison. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48(4), 577-592. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022117698039 [details]
    • Sorokowski, P., Randall, A. K., Groyecka, A., Frackowiak, T., Cantarero, K., Hilpert, P., ... Sorokowska, A. (2017). Marital Satisfaction, Sex, Age, Marriage Duration, Religion, Number of Children, Economic Status, Education, and Collectivistic Values: Data from 33 Countries. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, [1199]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01199 [details]

    2016

    2015

    2011

    • van Kleef, G. A., Homan, A. C., Finkenauer, C., Gündemir, S., & Stamkou, E. (2011). Breaking the rules to rise to power: how norm violators gain power in the eyes of others. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(5), 500-507. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550611398416 [details]

    2017

    • Sorokowski, P., Randall, A. K., Groyecka, A., Frackowiak, T., Cantarero, K., Hilpert, P., ... Stamkou, E. (2017). Corrigendum: Marital Satisfaction, Sex, Age, Marriage Duration, Religion, Number of Children, Economic Status, Education, and Collectivistic Values: Data from 33 Countries. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1728. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01728

    2014

    • Stamkou, E., & van Kleef, G. (2014). Do we give power to the right people? When and how norm violators rise to the top. In J. W. van Prooijen, & P. A. M. van Lange (Eds.), Power, politics, and paranoia: why people are suspicious of their leaders (pp. 33-52). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139565417.005 [details]

    Talk / presentation

    • Stamkou, E. (speaker), van Kleef, G. A. (speaker), Homan, A. C. (speaker), Gelfand, M. (speaker), van de Vijver, A. J. R. (speaker), Boer, D. (speaker) & Lee, I. C. (speaker) (14-8-2018). Cultural collectivism and tightness moderate responses to norm violators: Effects on power perception, moral outrage, and leader support., 2018 Annual Meeting of Academy of Management, Chicaglo, IL.
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