Özge Savaş, PhD

Özge Savaş is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bennington College. She received her PhD in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from University of Michigan. Her research focuses on understanding how people develop in(ter)dependence and belonging within various social, cultural, and economic systems and across their lifetimes. In answering questions about when, where, and how “people” feel included or excluded and who belongs, she adopts a social justice lens, uses multiple methods, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, and brings the macro (institutional), meso (symbolic), and micro (individual) levels of analyses together. Her research has significant social policy implications and applicability in addressing issues ranging from immigrant rights and humanitarian crises to the widening cultural/political divide and global gender inequality.