The academic staff of this programme is actively involved in cultural psychology research. Below is a list of lecturers and thesis supervisors in this programme. Click the name of a lecturer for more information.
Michael Boiger is an assistant professor at the UvA and an emotion-focused systemic therapist in private practice. He obtained his PhD in 2013 from the University of Leuven, where he conducted his doctoral research on the cultural construction of emotion in Japan, Belgium, the US, and Turkey. He aims to understand the roles and meanings of emotions from a cultural and relational perspective.
Bertjan Doosje is a full professor at the University of Amsterdam. He holds the Frank Buijs Chair on Radicalization Studies. His research interests are in the domain of intergroup relations. Some examples of topics he works on are: Acculturation of Ethnic Minorities, Ethnic Attitudes and Perceived Threat in Intergroup Contexts, Emotions in Different Cultures, Radicalization Processes. His work draws on Social Identity Theory and Terror Management Theory.
Allard Feddes is by training a social psychologist with a specialization in the area of conflict and cooperation between social groups. He received his M.A. in Social and Organisational Psychology from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands, 2004) and his PhD in Social Psychology from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany, 2007). Allard is interested in the question how group membership influences the way we feel, think and behave.
Prof. Dr. Agneta Fischer is currently Professor in Emotions and Affective Processes in the Social Psychology Group of the University of Amsterdam, and director of the Psychology Research Institute. Her broad research interest is emotions in social contexts, and she has published in the domain of facial expressions of emotion, emotional mimicry, culture and gender differences in emotions, embodiment, and the social functions of emotions.
Bastiaan Rutjens is an assistant professor at the psychology department of the UvA. His research interests are in social and cultural psychology, with a particular focus on the psychology of belief systems and worldviews. He is particularly interested in how belief systems differ within cultures. One example is how various groups of Dutch believers and non-believers differ in their beliefs.
Disa Sauter examines the communication of emotions via non-verbal signals. Much of her research has focused on vocalisations such as laughter, cries and sighs, but she has also studied facial expressions of emotions. She is interested in how factors such as culture, learning mechanisms, and language, shape our emotions and the ways that they are signalled. Complementing this, she asks which aspects of our emotions and emotional signals exhibit less plasticity.
Eftychia Stamkou is an assistant professor at the UvA and coordinator of the Cultural Psychology master’s programme. Her research aims at understanding how social hierarchies evolve. Her primary research interests revolve around leadership, power, influence, culture, norm violations, and moral emotions.