Victoria M. Esses, Ph.D.
Victoria Esses (PhD, University of Toronto) is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations at the University of Western Ontario. She is also Principal Investigator of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership, a national alliance of university, community and government partners dedicated to fostering welcoming communities and promoting the integration of migrants and minorities across Canada. Dr. Esses has conducted research on immigration and cultural diversity for over 20 years. Her work has covered such topics as factors influencing the settlement and integration of immigrants; the role of economic and cultural threat and competition in determining attitudes toward immigrants and immigration; the dehumanization of refugees and immigrants; the framing of national identity and public attitudes toward immigration and cultural diversity; and causes and consequences of immigrant unemployment and underemployment in the labour market. In 2010, Dr. Esses received the Harold Crabtree Foundation Award in Public Policy Research and the Western Faculty Scholar Award for her work in this area.
Stelian Medianu, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Stelian received his Ph.D. in social psychology from University of Western Ontario in 2014. His specialization is in the area of migration and ethnic relations. Stelian is currently involved in several projects exploring: 1) public attitudes towards immigrants and refugees; and 2) refugee integration.
Alina Sutter, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Alina received her M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in 2012, and her Ph.D. from University of Western Ontario in 2017. Broadly, she is interested in researching the relationships between national identity, perceived threat and prejudice, as well as the underlying processes and consequences of the dehumanization of outgroups.
Joshua D. Wright, B.A., B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
Joshua Wright received Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Texas Tech University in 2012, and his M.A. at Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2014. His main research focuses on the empirical relation between religion and violence, theoretical models of radicalization and terrorism, and the role of psychological ownership of country in intergroup conflict. He is also broadly interested in immigration, terror management theory, and the effect of general commitment to beliefs (CTB) on the relation between specific ideologies and behaviors. He was awarded the International Council of Psychologists Early Career Research Award in 2015. Further information can be viewed at his website, www.joshuadavidwright.com.
Anjana Balakrishnan, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate
Anjana received her B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus in 2013 and received her M.Sc. in Psychology- Personality and Measurement from Western University in 2015. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Psychology and a member of the Migration and Ethnic Relations Program, and is co-supervised by Dr. Victoria Esses and Dr. Don Saklofske. Anjana’s research interests are in the areas of I) immigration antecedents, outcomes, and perceptions, II) biculturalism and intercultural relations, and III) the personality-culture link. Anjana is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Paolo Palma, BSc, MSc, PhD Candidate
Paolo is a PhD student in Social Psychology and the Collaborative Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations at Western University. Presently, Paolo is researching people’s attitudes towards immigrants and immigration, as well as how shifts in demographic composition and intergroup contact affect these attitudes. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where he researched how people perceived racially ambiguous faces, and how images of successful minorities affected intergroup attitudes. He received his Master’s degree from Western, where he investigated the perception of different ethnic groups as a function of their immigration status. Paolo’s graduate studies are currently being supported through a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, and have been previously funded through a SSHRC CGS-M. For more information on his research and publications, you can download a copy of his CV.
Bukunsola Adegbembo, B.A Honors, M.Sc Candidate
Bukunsola received her BA Honors from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2017. Her thesis focused on the use of the N-word in a Canadian context and was presented at the 2016 Science Atlantic Psychology Conference hosted by the Université de Moncton. She is part of the Migration and Ethnic Relations program at Western and is broadly interested in research that relates to migrant and ethnic populations. Within this broad topic, she is looking to conduct research that studies these groups in relation to oppression, prejudice and discrimination under the supervision of Dr. Victoria Esses.
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