Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran
Lecturer of Social Psychology
PhD (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA)
MSc (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA)
BA with Honours (Ithaca College, USA)
Phone: +64 3 364 2964
Internal Phone: 6964
Department of Psychology
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
PSYC 332: Social Psychology - Course Coordinator
PSYC 466: Special Topic: The Psychology of Inter-Group Relations - Course Coordinator
My primary research synthesizes theories in psychology and other social sciences to illuminate the complexities and challenges of achieving national unity in the face of ethnic diversity while identifying new strategies that might reduce the tension between unity and diversity. Specifically, my primary research (a) identifies factors that help versus hinder in the creation of unity in diversity; (b) demonstrates when and why such changes are likely to occur; and (c) illustrates how people’s inability to internalize such principles of national inclusion have detrimental consequences on their behavior and judgments toward minority group members.
In addition to these primary projects, my secondary research examines the role of situational threat and internal emotional states on prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory behavior toward ethnic outgroups. Beyond these varied projects, I have also been interested in bridging interdisciplinary fields by applying basic psychological research to the domains of law, politics, and public policy in hopes of disseminating scientific research to audiences outside of psychology and promoting broader social change.