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Conflict and Polarization Reading Group

The Conflict and Polarization initiative hosts a regular internal and inclusive reading group on conflict that spans disciplinary lines, where members of different units become acquainted with each other’s work, and have a chance to identify frontier opportunities for inter-disciplinary research.

2018-2019 fall quarter meetings
 

Introduction/ Kick-Off
September 27, 2018
4:00pm-5:15pm
Doll Room 320

Identity Formation
October 11, 2018
4:00-5:15pm
Doll Room 320
David Laitin: Chapter 1, Identities in Formation
Ori Wiesel and Robert Bohm: "Ingroup Love" and "Outgroup Hate" in intergroup conflict between natural groups, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Measuring Polarization
November 15, 2018
4:00-5:15pm
Doll Room 320
Lisanne Van Bunderen, Lindred Greer and Daan Van Knippenberg: "When Inter-team conflictspirals into intrateam power struggles: the pivotal role of team power structures," Academy of Management Journal, 2018
Joan Esteban, Laura Mayoral and Debraj Ray: "Ethnicity and Conflict: Theory and Facts," Science, 2012

Solutions to Conflict
December 6, 2018
4:00-5:15pm
Doll Room 320
Paluck, Shepherd and Aronow, 2016: "Changing Climates of Conflict: A Social Network Experiment in 56 Schools," PNAS
Jha and Shayo, 2019: "Valuing Peace: The Effects of Financial Market Exposure on Votes and Political Attitudes," forthcoming, Econometrica


2018-2019 winter quarter meetings
 

The Contact Hypothesis
January 22, 2019
11:00am-12:15pm
Doll Room 320
Matt Lowe, 2018: "Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration", mimeo, MIT
Lemmer and Wagner, 2015: "Can we really reduce ethnic prejudice outside the lab? A meta-analysis of direct and indirect contact interventions," European Journal of Social Psychology
As a useful reference, the canonical citation on the Contact Hypothesis in social psychology is Pettigrew and  Tropp 2006, which might also be worth a skim.

Political Polarization in the U.S.
February 12, 2019
11:00am-12:15pm
Doll Room 320
Boxell, Gentzkow and Shapiro, 2017: Greater Internet Use is Not Associated with Faster Growth in Political Polarizations not associated with faster growth in political polarization among US demographic groups, PNAS
Peterson, Goel and Iyengar, 2018: Echo Chambers and Political Polarization  

Diversity
March 12, 2019
11:00am-12:15pm
Doll Room 320
Ryan Enos and Noam Gidron, 2018: "Exclusion and Cooperation in Diverse Societies: Experimental Evidence from Israel," American Political Science Review
Sheen S. Levine, Evan P. Apfelbaum, Mark Bernard, Valerie L. Bartelt, Edward J. Zajac, and David Stark, 2014: "Ethnic Diversity Deflates Price Bubbles," PNAS


2018-2019 spring quarter meetings
 

Topic TBA
April 22, 2019
4:00pm-5:30pm
Koret-Taube Room 120

Topic TBA
May 23, 2019
4:00pm-5:30pm
Doll Room 320