I received a Ph.D. in psychology with honors from the University of Warsaw, Poland in 2017 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Loyola University Chicago (with Prof. Robyn Mallett, 2017-2018). Since 2018, I have been working as a post-doctoral fellow at Carleton University in Ottawa (with prof. Michael Wohl) and recently joined the PICR Lab as a part-time post-doctoral fellow.
My work is in the area of social psychology of intergroup relations. In my research I focuses on: (1) reduction of intergroup bias through direct and indirect intergroup contact; (2) the role of collective emotions and ways in which people relate to the history of their social groups in shaping current intergroup attitudes; and (3) the psychological underpinnings of negative and positive intergroup behavior, e.g., hate crime, collective violence, and collective action.
Elgar, F., Stefaniak, A., Wohl, M. J. A. (accepted). The trouble with trust: Time-series analysis of social capital, income inequality, and COVID-19 deaths in 84 countries. Social Science and Medicine.
Wohl, M. J. A., Smeekes, A., & Stefaniak, A. (accepted). Longing is in the memory of the beholder: Collective nostalgia content determines the method members will support to make their group great again. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Stefaniak, A., Mallett, R. K., & Wohl, M. J. A. (2020). Zero-sum beliefs shape advantaged allies’ support for collective action. European Journal of Social Psychology.
Wohl, M. J. A., Stefaniak, A., & Smeekes, A. (2020). Days of future past: Concerns for the group’s future prompts longing for its past (and ways to reclaim it). Current Directions in Psychological Science. 29(5), 481-486.
Górska, P., Stefaniak, A., Malinowska, K., Lipowska, K., Marchlewska, M., Budziszewska, M., & Maciantowicz, O. (2020) Too great to act in solidarity: The negative relationship between collective narcissism and solidarity-based collective action. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50(3), 561-578.
Stefaniak, A., Bilewicz, M., & Lewicka, M. (2017). The merits of teaching local history: Increased place attachment enhances civic engagement and social trust. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 51, 217-225.
Stefaniak, A., & Bilewicz, M. (2016). Contact with a multicultural past: A prejudice-reducing intervention. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 50, 60–65.