James Marshall Public Policy Fellow
Katya Migacheva obtained her doctorate in Social Psychology with a concentration in Psychology of Peace and Violence from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her research, Katya has sought to understand factors that contribute or present obstacles to harmonious intergroup relations. With the support of multiple grants and a dissertation fellowship, using a variety of methodologies both locally and internationally, Katya researched ways to foster positive intergroup contact, and aimed to gain a psychological understanding of how drastic societal transformations affect intergroup relations. In Katya’s view, to effectively address urgent societal problems, collaborations between researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners are essential. Thus, over the years, Katya has served as program and evaluation consultant with several NGOs, and organized multiple community events that brought together academic and practice professionals. Katya has been a SPSSI member since 2006, and is very excited to be the James Marshall Public Policy Fellow.
As a part of her fellowship, Katya obtained a placement as a lead democratic fellow on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Commission’s objective is to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights norms in a nonpartisan manner, both within and outside of Congress. Katya views this position as an invaluable opportunity to contribute to the promotion and defense of human rights globally, to learn about the work of Congress, and to help develop avenues for fostering mutually beneficial collaborations between social scientists and policy makers.