Dr Hema Preya Selvanathan

Lecturer (Social Psychology)

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
h.selvanathan@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56411

Overview

I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I completed my PhD in social psychology (with a concentration in the psychology of peace and violence) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2019). I then moved to the University of Queensland for a postdoctoral research fellowship (2019-2021) and now I am a Lecturer (teaching & research academic) in social psychology. I am part of the Social Identity and Groups Network (SIGN).

A central theme guiding my work is that both social change and the maintenance of the status quo is often achieved through sustained group-based efforts. To this end, I conduct research around ongoing social and political issues using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in laboratory, online, and field settings across different regions of the world. This research is only possible through close collaboration with my mentors, colleagues, and students. My research interests are: social change and intergroup relations; social movements and collective action; intergroup solidarity; intergroup conflict and reconciliation.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts
  • Master of Science, University of Massachusetts

Publications

  • Thai, Michael, Lizzio-Wilson, Morgana and Selvanathan, Hema Preya (2021). Public perceptions of prejudice research: the double-edged sword faced by marginalized group researchers. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 96 104181, 104181. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2021.104181

  • Selvanathan, Hema Preya and Leidner, Bernhard (2021). Normalization of the Alt-Right: How perceived prevalence and acceptability of the Alt-Right is linked to public attitudes. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 1-22. doi: 10.1177/13684302211017633

  • Hässler, Tabea, Ullrich, Johannes, Sebben, Simone, Shnabel, Nurit, Bernardino, Michelle, Valdenegro, Daniel, Van Laar, Colette, González, Roberto, Visintin, Emilio Paolo, Tropp, Linda R., Ditlmann, Ruth K., Abrams, Dominic, Aydin, Anna Lisa, Pereira, Adrienne, Selvanathan, Hema Preya, von Zimmermann, Jorina, Lantos, Nóra Anna, Sainz, Mario, Glenz, Andreas, Kende, Anna, Oberpfalzerová, Hana, Bilewicz, Michal, Branković, Marija, Noor, Masi, Pasek, Michael H., Wright, Stephen C., Žeželj, Iris, Kuzawinska, Olga, Maloku, Edona ... Pistella, Jessica (2021). Need satisfaction in intergroup contact: a multinational study of pathways toward social change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi: 10.1037/pspi0000365

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Crimston, Charlie R. and Selvanathan, Hema Preya (2020). Polarisation. Together Apart: The psychology of COVID-19. (pp. 107-112) edited by Jolanda Jetten, Stephen D. Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam and Tegan Cruwys. London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications.

  • Reddy, Geetha and Selvanathan, Hema Preya (2020). Multiracial in Malaysia: categories, classification, and campur in contemporary everyday life. The Palgrave international handbook of mixed racial and ethnic classification. (pp. 649-668) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-22874-3_34

Journal Article

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors: