Dr Hema Preya Selvanathan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56411


I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After completing my PhD in social psychology (with a concentration in the psychology of peace and violence) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2019), I moved to the University of Queensland for a postdoctoral research fellowship with Professor Jolanda Jetten as part of her ARC Laureate fellowship (2019-2022). 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.


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


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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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

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