Faculty & Staff
Rezarta Bilali, PhD
- Assistant Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School
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100 Morrissey Blvd. Office Location: Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 26A
Areas of Expertise
Group Identity, Collective Memory, Enemy Images in Contexts of Violent Inter-group Conflict
PhD, Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
MA, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Sabanci University
BA, Psychology, Bogazici University
Professional Publications & Contributions
Professor Rezarta Bilali completed her PhD in social psychology at UMass Amherst with a concentration in peace and violence. Dr. Bilali’s research focuses on social psychological underpinnings of violent intergroup conflict and mass violence. In her research in various international settings (e.g., Turkey, Burundi, U.S.) she has investigated the relation between group identities, historical memories of violence, enemy images, and attitudes toward war. Supported by a grant by American Psychological Foundation, she is currently developing a line of research on acknowledgment of harm by perpetrator groups.
As a practitioner of conflict resolution, Rezarta Bilali has played an active role in a media reconciliation project developed by La Benevolencija-Humanitarian Tools and Foundations in the Great Lakes Region in Africa, which produces educational radio programs on the evolution of conflict, intergroup violence, and reconciliation for Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Recently, Prof. Bilali has led research to assess the impact of radio reconciliation programs in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dr. Bilali’s research has been supported by Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, International Peace Research Association, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She recently received a Psychology Beyond Borders Mission Award and a Joseph Healey Research Grant to conduct research to strengthen the influence of mass media in preventing violence in the Eastern DRC.