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Psychology: Cultural Psychology (track)

Academic Staff

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

Liesbeth Mann (Coordinator of the Master) 

Liesbeth Mann is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD in 2017 at the same university studying the emotion of humiliation in interpersonal, intra- and intergroup context. Alongside her PhD-research she worked on different projects on radicalization and discrimination commissioned by the Dutch government. Later she worked as a postdoc at the VU University and Tilburg University before returning to the UvA. Her research interests are varied and cover topics in the area of (cross-) cultural psychology such as migration and acculturation, intergroup relations, self and identity, political psychology (e.g., radicalization, genocide and the aftermath of mass conflict and crime) and emotions. 

Velichko Fetvadjiev 

Velichko Fetvadjiev conducts research in the broad areas of personality and cross-cultural psychology, addressing topics such as the structure, consistency, and predictive power of personality traits across cultures; the relationship of personality and values; the role of language in personality expression; and research methods. His main current research deals with an interdisciplinary approach to personality and values across languages and historical periods based on analyses of written texts.  

Bertjan Doosje

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.

Michael Boiger

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.

Eftychia Stamkou

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.

Bastiaan Rutjens

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.

Allard Feddes

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.