Professor Aarti Iyer

Professor of Social Psychology.

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I am a Professor of Social Psychology. I teach research methods and statistics in the Psychology Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses. I have served as the Departmental Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I; 2016-2021) and Membership Officer for our University’s Black, Asian, and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network (2018-2021).

I received my PhD in 2004 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, after which I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Exeter for three years. In 2007, I moved to Australia to take up a continuing academic position at the University of Queensland. I joined the University of Sheffield as a Reader in February 2016.

My research investigates responses to inequality and injustice on the part of individuals – for example, political attitudes and political behaviour — and organisations – for example, ED&I policies — across a range of contexts, including race, gender and nationality.

Together with colleagues, I have published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on these topics, with funding from the National Science Foundation (USA), the Australian Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and The British Academy.

My current projects investigate the impact of political humour on individuals’ emotions, attitudes, and behaviour; factors that improve the design and implementation of organisations' Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) policies; and predictors of immigrants’ successful transitions to new countries, with implications for social integration, academic performance, and economic mobility.

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