Fatih Uenal is a German/Turkish research fellow and post-doc candidate from the Humboldt University of Berlin (Department of Social Sciences). His main research interest lies in analyzing the psychological, political, and socioeconomic mechanisms that facilitate the maintenance and reproduction of social inequality and power/dominance relations. In this regard, he focuses on different manifestations of social inequality and dominance as reflected in societal deviations regarding access to material and cultural goods, social status, and institutional representation between dominant and subordinate groups.
One line of his research investigates the effects of macrocontextual developments (i.e., neoliberal globalization) on social inequality vis-à-vis psychological and behavioral consequences. His current research focuses on the interaction between ideological attitudes, intergroup emotions, perceptions of socioeconomic malaise, and political disillusionment grievance that undergird the appeal of and support for left- and right-wing populist parties and movements in cross-country comparison. In this regard, he investigates the emotional and structural boundaries of (des-)integration processes of Muslims and Islam into Western societies and the subsequent repercussions of this processes on the perceptions of social cohesion and intergroup relations. Overall, his research aims at contributing to timely and urgent social and political issues through both, theoretically and methodologically rigourous analysis, advancing
research in social and political psychology, as well as practically applicable suggestions for intergroup conflict mitigation.