Faculty Profiles

Chuma Owuamalam

Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology
Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Chuma joined the Department of Psychology at Reed in 2022. Before this, he spent time at both the University of Manchester (2010), and Royal Holloway University of London (2011), as postdoctoral fellow on projects respectively funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), UK. His primary teaching is in the field of social psychology, along with research methods in this area. Chuma regularly contribute pieces in the field’s finest outlets, on how our social identities can influence relations between groups, with specific foci, inter alia, on phenomena such as stereotyping/prejudice; political ideology/attitudes; social change, social stasis, social justice/inequality, and compassion. In 2016 Chuma received a prestigious Fundamental Research Grant from the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to examine compassion biases towards victims of terror emergencies that may be linked to the social status of the victims, with the goal of informing the training of first responders at these events. Chuma currently serves on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Social Psychology as Associate Editor, and Asia Journal of Social Psychology as a Consulting Editor, where he helps to mold the next generation of exciting research in social psychology. With 3 sons (Jamaine, Jason and Jake) and a daughter (Dasha), Chuma is married to Martina (a woman he describes as his Czech princess) and, in his spare/leisure time, enjoys watching superhero movies with his kids.

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