Hammad Sheikh

PhD Candidate

Expected Completion Date: December 2013

Dissertation title: Religious ritual and sacred values: Understanding sacralization

Dissertation Committee Members: Jeremy Ginges, Lawrence Hirschfeld, Joan Miller, Ann Stoler

Areas of expertise: Social Psychology, Conflict Research, Quantitative Methods

Profile: Hammad Sheikh is a doctoral student in social psychology from the New School for Social Research. He received a Psycholgie Diplom (equivalent to MSc) from the Free University of Berlin in 2008. Prior to his studies at the New School, he conducted research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development in Berlin (2004-2005), the University College Dublin (2005-2006), and the Free University of Berlin (2006-2008). His research focuses on the psychology of intergroup conflict and intragroup cooperation, and utilizes a diversity of methods including focus groups, interviews, large-scale surveys, and cognitive experiments. He is currently examining the role that religious ritual and sacredness play in creating commitment to group interests, leading to prosocial behaviors, and in the context of intergroup conflict, to political violence.

Teaching experience:
Fundamentals of Social Psychology
Introduction to Statistics
Advanced Statistics

Selected publications:
Sheikh, H., Ginges, J., Coman, A., & Atran, S. (2012). Religion, group threat and sacred values. Judgment and Decision Making, 7(2), 110-118.
Jassin, K., Sheikh, H., Obeid, N., Argo, N., & Ginges, J. (2013). Negotiating Cultural Conflicts Over Sacred Values. In Models for Intercultural Collaboration and Negotiation (pp. 133-143). Springer Netherlands.
Sheikh, H., Ginges, J., & Atran, S. (2013). Sacred values in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict: resistance to social influence, temporal discounting, and exit strategies. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1299(1), 11-24.

Contact information:

Hammad Sheikh
New School for Social Research
Dept. of Psychology
80 Fifth Ave, 7th floor
New York, NY, 10003

Email: sheikh60@newschool.edu

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