Rengin B. Firat
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: 1334 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-5530
Fax: (951) 827-3330
Personal website: www.renginfirat.com
Rengin B. Firat is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. She has received her Ph.D. from the Sociology Dept. at University of Iowa in 2013 and has held a post-doctoral Researcher position at the Evolution, Cognition and Culture Laboratory at University of Lyon, France from 2013 to 2015.
Her general research and teaching interests include the social psychology of morality and emotions, with a particular emphasis on group polarizations and inter-ethnic inequalities of well-being and health. She is the co-PI of an ongoing interdisciplinary project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative collecting new functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and nationally representative survey data to compare how internalized moral values and social identities trigger socio-political action cross-culturally. In another project, she is investigating publicly available data sets like the European Social Survey and the World Values Survey and collecting new fMRI data to reveal the cognitive and emotional resources that might buffer the negative effects of stigma and discriminationon mental health and well-being.
Dr. Firat’s research has been published in avenues like American Behavioral Scientist, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Social Science Research, Perspectives on Psychological Scienceand Advances in Group Processesand has received funding from the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. Department of Defense. She has also been an associate researcher at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Science Research at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russian Federation since 2014.
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