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Anna Stefaniak

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Degrees:Ph.D., Postdoc

Dr. Anna Stefaniak is a post-doctoral researcher collaborating with Dr. Michael Wohl.

Professional Appointments

2018 – present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Carleton University
2017 – 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Loyola University Chicago


2017 Ph.D. Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland
2011 M.A. Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland

Research Interests

Dr. Stefaniak’s work is in the area of social psychology of intergroup relations. In her research, she focuses on: reduction of intergroup bias through direct and indirect intergroup contact; the role of culturally transmitted evaluations of historical past in shaping current intergroup attitudes; and the psychological underpinnings of negative and positive intergroup behavior such as hate crime, collective violence, and collective action on behalf of outgroups.

Selected Publications

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.

Bilewicz, M., Witkowska, M., Stefaniak, A., & Imhoff, R. (2017). The lay historian explains intergroup behavior: Identification and epistemic abilities as correlates of ethnocentric historical attributions. Memory Studies, 10, 310-322.

Bilewicz, M., Stefaniak, A., Witkowska, M., & Hansen, K. (2017). Language of responsibility. The influence of linguistic abstraction on collective moral emotions. Psychology of Language and Communication, 21, 1-15.

Stefaniak, A., & Bilewicz, M. (2016). Contact with a multicultural past: A prejudice-reducing intervention. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 50, 60–65.