I am a 5th year doctoral candidate in Psychology at Harvard University, working in Professor Jim Sidanius' laboratory on intergroup relations.
My research focuses broadly on the psychological causes and consequences of power on intergroup relations. I am particularly interested in contexts characterized by unequal power between groups. Broadly speaking, my research addresses overarching questions such as: How do such dominance hierarchies between groups come to exist? What makes them so stable so much of the time? How does being a member of a high or low power group affect individuals' experience of the world in which they live? What are the conditions under which low power group members decide that 'enough is enough', and choose to engage in collective actions aimed at redressing their disadvantage? As part of this research program, I have conducted research investigating the relationship between power and the willingness to negotiate in asymmetric intergroup conflicts, as well as the relationship between perceived changes in the stability of power and accuracy in metaperceptions, or the ability to accurately 'read the outgroup's mind'. Finally, I have also been conducting research on the theoretical status of social dominance orientation, an individual difference variable indexing individuals' preference for hierarchical relationship between groups in society. You can find out more about my research and publications on my website: scholar.harvard.edu/nkteily