Nils Karl Reimer
Postdoctoral Research Associate
I study whether contact with members of other social groups can change not only how we see others, but also how we see ourselves – specifically, how we understand our social identities and group memberships. In my research, I try to answer questions such as: Can intergroup contact foster more inclusive identities? Can intergroup contact inspire solidarity across social divides? Does intergroup contact help or hinder social change? Can large-scale interventions foster social integration and encourage social change?
My research spans various contexts (sexuality, gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, caste), multiple countries (UK, India, Germany), large samples (N > 15,000), and multiple designs (cross-sectional, longitudinal, experimental, intervention).
I have recently submitted my doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Miles Hewstone and Dr Katharina Schmid. In addition, I am working with Professor Jennifer Richeson and Professor John Dovidio on developing a novel paradigm for studying perceptions of discrimination among members of disadvantaged groups, and am conducting a meta-analysis of research on the ‘ironic’ effects of intergroup contact.
Click here for a current CV (September 2018).
Intergroup Contact and Social Change: Implications of Negative and Positive Contact for Collective Action in Advantaged and Disadvantaged Groups.
Reimer NK. et al, (2017), Pers Soc Psychol Bull, 43, 121 - 136
“Yes, I Have Sometimes Stolen Bikes”: Blindness for Norm-Violating Behaviors and Implications for Suspect Interrogations
Sauerland M. et al, (2013), Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 31, 239 - 255
Preprint, data, analyses, and figures of Reimer et al. (2017). Intergroup contact and social change: Implications of negative and positive contact for collective action in advantaged and disadvantaged groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
2014 - 2018
DPhil in Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
Visiting Researcher, Yale University
2013 - 2014
MSc in Psychological Research, University of Oxford
Visiting Student, University of California, Berkeley
2010 - 2013
BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Social Sciences), University College Maastricht