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A New Situationist Fellow – Fábio Almeida

Posted by The Situationist Staff on October 13, 2013

Fabio AlmeidaWe are happy to introduce a new Situationist Fellow, Fábio Almeida.

Fábio Portela L. Almeida is a 2003 graduate at Universidade de Brasília Law School in Brazil. After graduating, he worked as a lawyer and, in 2006, he has been working as a Clerk in the Brazilian Superior Court of Labour Law. He also earned a Master of Laws Degree in 2007 at the same university, where he wrote a dissertation about constitutional issues arising from religious teaching in Brazilian public schools, which was published as a book in 2008.

In 2011, he earned a M.Phil Degree at the Universidade de Brasília Department of Philosophy. His dissertation, “The evolution of a normative mind: origins of human cooperation,” awarded the ANPOF Prize of best philosophical dissertation in the biennium 2010/2011. Currently, Fábio is a SJD Candidate at the Universidade de Brasília Law School and a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. His research interests are related to the interdisciplinary relationship between legal theory, biology, psychology, moral philosophy, economics, sociology and anthropology.

In his free time, Fábio enjoys writing about stock investing in his personal blog, listening to classical music, reading, traveling, and watching movies.  Fabio is a long-term reader of The Situationist, and we are delighted that he is visiting HLS for the year and contributing to the blog as a fellow.  Look for his first post soon.

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A New Situationist Contributor – Julia Puaschunder

Posted by The Situationist Staff on December 7, 2012

We are thrilled to introduce a new Situationist Contributor, Dr. Julia Puaschunder.

Julia M. Puaschunder is an Associate of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. At the Harvard University Center for the Environment, she conducts research on intergenerational equity. Trained as a behavioral economist with Doctorates in Social and Economic Sciences as well as Natural Sciences and Masters in Business, Public Administration and Philosophy/Psychology, she has 12 years of experience in applied social sciences empirical research.

Julia Puaschunder has launched and administered research projects in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Switzerland and the United States. She has conducted international and interdisciplinary research projects for the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research, European Commission, Fulbright Commission, Max Kade Foundation New York, and the U.S. Department of Education. Julia Puaschunder was a scholar at The Australian National University, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and The Open Society Institute & Soros Foundation NY.  Her invited presentations included Harvard University and Princeton University. In 2011, she served as a participant in a U.S. White House conference call on environmental justice.

Julia Puaschunder is a long-term reader of The Situationist, and we are delighted that she will now be a Contributor too.

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A New Situationist Contributor – Thomas Blass

Posted by The Situationist Staff on November 6, 2011

We are thrilled to introduce a new Situationist Contributor, Dr. Thomas Blass.

Thomas Blass is an internationally acclaimed social psychologist and the recognized expert on obedience to authority as well as, more broadly, the research and legacy of Stanley Milgram. A Holocaust survivor born in Budapest, Hungary during World War II, Dr. Blass was a child when the Nazis occupied his country in 1944 and murdered 550,000 of his fellow Hungarian Jews (nearly 70%).

Although many of his relatives had been deported to, and murdered in Auschwitz and elsewhere, Dr. Blass survived the war. Subsequently, he left Hungary together with his mother. After spending a couple of years in a displaced persons camp near Salzburg, Austria, they emigrated to Toronto, Canada where Dr. Blass spent part of his childhood.  He relocated to the United States for his secondary and higher education and stayed on to make it his permanent home.

He received his B.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in social psychology from Yeshiva University in New York and then held research positions at the University of Maryland Psychiatric Institute, Sheppard-Pratt Hospital, and Downstate Medical Center. For most of his career he has been at the Department of Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he is currently a Professor of Psychology.

Although over the years he has had a variety of research interests, for the last 20 years his energies have been focused primarily on in-depth research on the life and work of Stanley Milgram, resulting in over 20 publications and an equal number of papers presented at professional conferences. He has created and taught, since 1987, a course on the social psychology of Stanley Milgram. Click here to view Dr. Blass’s Milgram-related publications.

He is the author of the first and only biography about Milgram, and he was awarded the J.R. Kantor Fellowship by the Archives of the History of American Psychology for the 1998-1999 year for his research for the biography. At its annual convention in 2001, the American Psychological Association honored him for his work on Milgram by asking him to give one of the annual prestigious G. Stanley Hall lectures.

He has recently been elected to Fellow status by the American Psychological Association in recognition of his “outstanding contribution in the field of psychology [which] is certainly enhanced by your diligent work and commitment, and the public is better served.” He is on the Editorial Board of the journal, Social Influence.

His two latest books — The Man Who Shocked the World and The Individual in a Social World — are pictured in the right margin of the blog.

Click here to go to Thomas Blass’s university webpage.

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A New Situationist – Eric D. Knowles

Posted by The Situationist Staff on January 13, 2010

We are thrilled to introduce a new Situationist Contributor, Eric D. Knowles.

Since 2006, Eric D. Knowles has been an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He researches how individuals perceive and react to social inequities, focusing specifically on the role of motivations (e.g., to bolster the hierarchy, to see oneself as a good and deserving person) in leading people to deny the existence of inequity, dis-identify with their ingroup, or form attitudes likely to reduce intergroup disparities. He is also interested in political psychology, including how implicit intergroup biases shape perceptions of politicians and their policies.

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