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 Ph.D. in Social Psychology (with a concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and joined Clark University in Fall 2009. She is affiliated with CGRAS, CRES, HGS, and Peace and Conflict Studies.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Vollhardt’s research focuses on the psychological impact of collective victimization, focusing on questions such as: how do people make sense of oppression and violence against their group? How do different beliefs about collective victimization relate to intergroup attitudes and social and political views? What explains different resistance strategies in violent and repressive contexts? How is group-based power understood in the context of oppression? Dr. Vollhardt and her collaborators conduct this research using multiple methods (e.g., experiments, field experiments, surveys, content analysis, archival research, interviews, focus groups, Q-methodology studies) and working in different contexts with various ethnic, racial, religious, and national groups. She also co-edits the Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

Dr. Vollhardt currently teaches courses on research methods, the social psychology of intergroup relations, resistance, and collective violence and its aftermath. 

Selected Publications:

(for a complete list please visit my website):

Vollhardt, J.R., Szabó, Z., McNeill, A., Hadjiandreou, E., & Winiewski, M. (in press). Beyond comparisons: The complexity and context-dependency of collective victim beliefs. European Journal of Social Psychology. 

Vollhardt, J.R., Cohrs, J.C.,  Szabó, Z.P., Winiewski, M., Twali, M.S., Hadjiandreou, E., & McNeill, A. (in press). The role of comparative victim beliefs in predicting support for hostile versus prosocial intergroup outcomes. European Journal of Social Psychology. 

Jeong, H., & Vollhardt, J.R. (2021). Different collective memories of Japanese colonization in Korea: Consequences for distinct preferences for strategies to deal with the past. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 24 (3), 392-404.

Penić, S., Vollhardt, J.R., & Reicher, S. (2021). Reconciliation versus justice? It depends on the context: The role of symmetric and asymmetric violence in predicting post-conflict attitudes. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12 (2), 202-212. 

Nair, R., & Vollhardt, J.R. (2020). Intersectionality and relations between oppressed groups: Intergroup implications of beliefs about intersectional differences and commonalities. Journal of Social Issues, 76, 993-1013. 

Vollhardt, J. R., Okuyan, M., & Ünal, H. (2020). Resistance to collective victimization and oppression. Current Opinion in Psychology, 35, 92-97.

Vollhardt, J.R. (Ed.). (2020). The social psychology of collective victimhood. New York: Oxford University Press.

Bilali, R., & Vollhardt, J.R. (2019). Victim and perpetrator groups’ divergent perspectives on collective violence: Implications for intergroup relations. Advances in Political Psychology, 40, 75-108. 

Nair, R., & Vollhardt, J. R. (2019). Intersectional consciousness in collective victim beliefs: perceived intragroup differences among disadvantaged groups. Political Psychology, 40 (50), 917-934.

Vollhardt, J.R. & Nair, R. (2018). 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, 48 (4), 412-432.