Faculty Biography

Johanna Vollhardt

Johanna Ray Vollhardt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.7278
Email: jvollhardt@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Professional Website


Dr. Vollhardt received a Diplom (German equivalent to B.A. and M.A. combined) in Psychology from the University of Cologne in 2004. She received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology (with a concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2009. She joined Clark University in September 2009.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Vollhardt’s research focuses on the psychological impact of collective victimization on relations with members of other groups, opinions on social and political issues, and psychological well-being. Her current research projects include developing measures of inclusive and exclusive victim consciousness, the psychological consequences of acknowledgment (versus denial) of collective victimization, resistance during the Holocaust, and media-based reconciliation interventions. Dr. Vollhardt conducts this research using multiple methods (e.g., experiments, field experiments, surveys, content analysis, archival research, interviews, focus groups) and working with various ethnic, religious and national (minority) groups in the U.S., Europe, South Asia, and East Africa. She is a co-editor of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

Dr. Vollhardt currently teaches courses on research methods, social psychology, and on the social psychology of intergroup relations, ethnic conflict and genocide.

Selected Publications:

(for a complete list please visit my website):


Vollhardt, J.R. & Nair, R. (in press). The two-sided nature of individual and intragroup experiences in the aftermath of collective victimization: Findings from four diaspora groups. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Vollhardt, J.R. (in press). Using norms, knowledge, and narratives for the prevention of crimes against humanity and genocide. In S. Totten (Ed.), Last lectures: The prevention and intervention of genocide. New York: Routledge.

Noor, M., Vollhardt, J.R., Mari, S., & Nadler, A. (2017). Social psychology of collective victimhood. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 121-134.

Bilali, R., Vollhardt, J.R., & Rarick, J.R.D. (2017). Modeling collective action through media to promote social change and positive intergroup relations in violent conflicts. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 68, 200-211. 

Vollhardt, J.R., & Twali, M. S. (2016). Emotion-based reconciliation requires attention to power differences, critical consciousness, and structural change. Psychological Inquiry, 27, 136-143.  

Vollhardt, J.R., Nair, R., & Tropp, L. (2016). Inclusive victim consciousness predicts minority group members’ support for refugees and immigrants. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46, 354–368. 

Moss, S. M., & Vollhardt, J.R. (2016). “You can’t give a syringe with unity”: Rwandan responses to the government’s single recategorization policies. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 16, 325-359.

Mazur, L., & Vollhardt, J. R. (2016). The prototypicality of genocide: Implications for international intervention. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 16, 290-320.

Vollhardt, J.R., & Bilali, R. (2015). The role of inclusive and exclusive victim consciousness in predicting intergroup attitudes: Findings from Rwanda, Burundi, and DRC. Political Psychology, 36, 489-506.

Vollhardt, J.R. (2015).Inclusive victim consciousness in advocacy, social movements, and intergroup relations: Promises and pitfalls. Social Issues and Policy Review, 9, 89-120.

Vollhardt, J.R., Mazur, L.B., & Lemahieu, M. (2014). Acknowledgment after mass violence: Effects on psychological well-being and intergroup relations. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17, 306 - 323.