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Dr. Anca Minescu Sergeant

MSc, PhD

Biography


After my MSc degree in the research master on Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism, I obtained my doctoral degree at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. My doctoral research took place at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) and at European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations). In 2007, I was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, at the Survey Research Center, and in 2008 I went to the University of Sussex, Department of Psychology for an internship. At the Graduate School of the Faculty of Social Sciences in Utrecht, I coordinated several workshops, international events and student exchanges, within the Trans-Atlantic Student Mobility Project in "Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies" (EU-FIPSE).

In the Department of Psychology, at UL (since the 1st of January 2010)


Research Interests


Research
My research is focused on how group membership affects behavior in specific ethno-national intergroup contexts. I am interested in how power and status relationships are reflected in individuals' understandings of themselves and their social environment, conditioning their responses to outsiders and social change in general. I use social psychological theories and quantitative empirical methods to analyze the interaction between social context and individuals, in order to address social problems like exclusion and marginalization.

Areas of interest

1. The interaction between social structure, national/political ideologies and intergroup attitudes (such as group stereotypes, support for group rights, multiculturalism, conceptions of citizenship)

2. Types and meanings of social identities and their effects on people's engagement with their ingroups and exclusion of outgroups

3. Factors that entitle individuals and groups to certain privileges, empowering them to engage in collective action