Rengin B. Firat
Rengin B. Firat

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: 1220 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-9249
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: rbfirat@ucr.edu

Personal website: www.renginfirat.com

Curriculum Vitae


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.


Alban Lauka, Jennifer McCoy and Rengin Firat. 2018. “Mass Partisan Polarization: Measuring a Relational Concept.” Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist on Polarization and Democracy: A Janus-Faced Relationship with Pernicious Consequences, (62)1: 107 – 12.

Firat, Rengin, Steven Hitlin, Vincent Magnotta and Daniel Tranel. 2017. “Putting Race in Context: Target Social Class Modulates Processing of Race in the vmPFC and the Amygdala.” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(8): 1314–1324.

Firat, Rengin and Jennifer L. Glanville. 2017. “Measuring Voluntary Association Diversity: A Comparison of Proxy and Direct Approaches.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 46(1), pg 1-13, pg. 218-230.

Firat, Rengin. 2017. “Discrimination and Well-being: The Moderating Effects of Value Orientations.” Social Indicators Research, 134(1): 167–194 (First published online August 2016). 

Kwon, Hye Won and Rengin Firat. 2017. “A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Altruistic Value Boundaries and Well-Being.” In Alleviating World Suffering: The Challenge of Negative Quality of Life, Springer (Ed. Ronald E. Anderson), pg. 147-164.

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