Amena Amer

Dr Amena Amer BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Psychology

Key details

Dr Amena Amer
BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Psychology


Amena joined the university as a Lecturer in Psychology in April 2020.

Amena's research interests focus on multiple identity negotiation and performance.
She looks at how this relates to the (mis)recognition of identities by relevant others
and the consequences this can have on feelings of belonging. While her work is
primarily set within the sub-field of Social Psychology, Amena has been invited to
share her research on a number of occasions 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

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

Research / Scholarly interests

Research interest and expertise: Multiple identities (religious, ethnic and national inparticular), power and agency, identity performance, identity (mis/non)recognition, identity threat, intergroup and intragroup relations, intersectionality, social representations.

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 (Univeristy 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.

Publications

Publication:

Amer, A. (2019) 'Between recognition and mis/nonrecognition: Strategies of negotiating and performing identities among white Muslims in the UK', Political Psychology. doi: 10.1111/pops.12637.

Amer, A. and Howarth, C. S. (2018) 'Constructing and contesting threat: representations of white British Muslims across British national and Muslim newspapers', European Journal of Social Psychology. 48 (5), pp. 614-628. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2352.

Amer, A., and Howarth, C. S. (2016) 'Représentations sociales et identité: vers un rapprochement entre ethnie, religion et pouvoir' [The interplay of social representations and identity: connecting race, religion and power], in Lo Monaco, G., Delouvée, S. and Rateau, P. (eds) Les représentations sociales. Théories, méthodes et applications. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: De Boeck Superieur, pp. 437–542.

Amer, A., Howarth C. S. and Sen, R. (2015) 'Diasporic virginities: Social representations of virginity and identity formation amongst British Arab Muslim women', Cultural Psychology. 21 (1), pp.3-19. doi: 10.1177/1354067X14551297. 

Conference papers (selected from last 3 years):

Amer, A. (2020 – postponed to 2021) 'Passing as prototypically white: the presence/absence of religious markers and their role in the identity recognition of white British Muslims' in European Association of Social Psychologists Conference. Krakow, Poland.

Amer, A. (2020) 'Being white and Muslim: identity recognition of white British Muslim identities by their respective ingroups' in International Society for Political Psychology Conference. Berlin, Germany.

Amer, A. (2019) 'White Muslim identities in the British context: strategies of negotiating, performing and asserting 'incompatible' identities' in International Society for Political Psychology Conference. Lisbon, Portugal.

Amer, A. (2018) 'Strategies for maintaining/attaining group membership among ethnically white Muslims in the UK' in EASP small group meeting - Boundaries, Norms, and Conflicts: Understanding Intergroup Relations and Rising Intolerance Across Europe and Beyond.
Bratislava, Slovakia.