Rezarta Bilali, assistant professor of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, published a paper in the February 2012 issue of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.
Her research, "Attributions of Responsibility and Perceived Harm in the Aftermath of Mass Violence,” reports on the results of two studies. The first involves the Turkish construals of Armenian massacres at the beginning of the 20th century. The second examines the Hutus' and Tutsis' construals of the ethnic conflict in Burundi.
Findings of this research shed light on attributions of responsibility and perceived severity of harm of extreme intergroup violence and the relationship between in-group identification and these construals.
Bilali’s research interests lie at the interface of social psychology and conflict resolution. In one line of research, she investigates how individuals construe events of the past in which the ethnic or national group has been either a victim or a perpetrator in a conflict. She has situated this line of research in various contexts of conflict in Turkey, the U.S., and Burundi. Much of this research was supported by grants by Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, International Society for the Study of Social Issues, and International Peace Research Association.