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Welcome to my website! My name is Amir Maghsoodi. I am a card-carrying Physicist working toward my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Division of Counseling Psychology) at the University of Illinois.

I am an Iranian-American scholar-activist and am passionate about using my research and academic training as tools for social justice. My research interests stand at the nexus of social psychology, personality psychology, and developmental psychology.

Currently, I am working with Dr. Nidia Ruedas-Gracia to study social-psychological factors such as “sense of belonging” that correlate with academic outcomes and that are especially relevant for individuals belonging to historically oppressed and marginalized groups. I hope to expand this work to include other individual and social outcomes, for MENA immigrants in particular and hyphenated Americans writ large. (if you are a researcher in this area and would like to collaborate, don’t be a stranger!)

I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy), and the Association for Research in Personality (ARP). I am also the campus representative for APA Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race) at the University of Illinois.

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