Amena Amer

Dr Amena Amer BSc, MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Psychology

Amena joined the university as a Lecturer in Psychology in April 2020. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in June 2020. 

While her research is primarily set within the sub-field of Social Psychology, Amena has been invited to share her research with audiences beyond Psychology e.g. at the 'Performance and the Body' seminar series organised by the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (University of Cambridge, UK) and at the 'Cultural Diversity, Migration and Education' lecture series at the University of Potsdam (Germany). 

Amena has experience teaching social psychology, political psychology and research methods (particularly qualitative) and has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Amena also has experience working in the third sector drawing connections between her academic research interests and its real-world application and impact. She has developed and facilitated workshops in schools and communities across the UK exploring issues of identity, self-expression, intersectional experiences, stereotypes, and confidence with young girls (aged 12-14), as well as designing and delivering workshops for secondary school teachers on positionality and reflexivity.

Posts previously held
  • 2019-2020. MSc Dissertation Projects Officer and Graduate Teaching Assistant. Department
    of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE (UK). Course: Qualitative Methods for Social
    Psychologists (MSc).
  • 2018-2019. Research Assistant. Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE
    (UK). Project: 'Transformation of identities in organisational settings'. PI: Dr Ilka Gleibs.
  • 2017-2019. Project Co-ordinator for Muslim Girls Fence Project. Maslaha (UK).
  • 2016-2018. Graduate Teaching Assistant. Department of Psychological and Behavioural
    Science, LSE (UK). Course: Social Psychology (UG).
  • 2014-2016. Research Assistant. Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE
    (UK). Project: 'Effects of the Trojan Horse Affair on identities in the affected communities'.
    PI: Dr Caroline Howarth.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Level 4 Year Group Lead (Psychology)
  • Module leader for Introduction to Psychology (Level 4)

Recognition

  • Committee/Board Memberships: 
    • Committee member of Social Psychology Section (British Psychological Society; BPS) 
    • Early Career Committee Member of International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP) 
    • Board Member of the Inclusive Education Action Plan (IEAP) Advisory Board, LSE 
  • General membership: 
    • European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 
    • Religious Scholars Network, LSE 
  • Peer reviewing: 
    • Peer reviewer for a number of academic journals (both psychology and inter-disciplinary). These include Political Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods, Journal of Social Issues and Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Research / Scholarly interests

Amena's research interests focus on exploring experiences of identity and belonging, identity performance, and the role of others in identification processes. More specifically, she is interested in the experiences of minority and marginalised groups, examining how members of these group manage and negotiate their identities and positions within society in relation to boundaries of inclusion and exclusion and how they are seen by others. 

Current projects: 
  • 'Recognition of Belonging? Testing and expanding the Ingroup Projection Model'. Funded by EASP Collaborative Grant. Collaborators: Sandra Obradovic (LSE, UK), Amena Amer (University of Greenwich, UK), Reşit Kışlıoğlu (Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus) and Mihaela Boza (Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Romania). · 
  • 'Understanding the dynamics of multiple identity (mis)recognition among minority ingroup members'. Collaborators: Amena Amer (University of Greenwich, UK) and Slieman Halabi (University of Bielefeld, Germany).

Key funded projects

  • 2019. PsyPAG Research Grant. Title: Identity recognition of white British Muslim identities
    by their respective ingroups.
  • 2019. Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund, LSE. Title: Identity recognition of white British Muslim identities by their respective ingroups.