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Susan Opotow
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Phone: 212.237.8002
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, Social and Organizational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University
Training Area: Critical Social/Personality Psychology|Environmental Psychology
Research Interests: Psychology of Conflict and Injustice; Aggression, Violence and Hate
My research focuses on injustice and investigates the socio-political/ psychological contexts in which the scope of justice -- the extent of our justice concerns for others -- widens or narrows. My theoretical work on injustice is based on my empirical studies utilizing quantitative, qualitative, and historical methods to examine how, when, and why injustice directed at marginalized groups is rendered ‘normal.’ I also study the complementary, inclusionary process, when justice concerns, rights, and resources are extended more broadly within a society to widen the scope of justice. I have situated this scholarship within several productive contexts that include environmental conflict, public schooling, post-war (i.e., USA Civil War, World War II) change, and museum exhibitions on historical injustice. I am currently Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology Editor, and recent honors include: Baruch College-Rubin Museum Faculty Fellowship (2012-2013), Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues’s Distinguished Service Award (2012), American Psychological Foundation’s Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture Award (2011), and election as the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues’s President (2009). I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and three of its divisions and serve on the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology (2010-2013).