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From Theory to Policy: Building a Career where Research Makes Impact

Craig Zelizer

September 1, 2023

PCDN is excited to announce the premier of Season 11 of the  Social Change Career Podcast with Dr. Fathali Moghaddam on From Theory to Policy: Building a Career where Research Makes Impact.

Dr.  Moghaddam, is one of the world’s leading social psychologists and a professor at Georgetown University. This episode is designed for those focusing on advancing a career that spans academia, policy, research, and impact. 

In this episode, Dr. Moghaddam will cover:

  1. Building a Career at the Intersection of Academia and Policy: How to effectively combine scholarly pursuits with real-world policy impact.
  2. Advice for Aspiring Doctoral Students: What to consider when contemplating a Ph.D. in social sciences.
  3. The Importance of Theory in Advancing Change: How theoretical frameworks can be applied to drive social change.
  4. Research as a Tool for Change and Policy: Utilizing academic research to influence policy and enact social change.
  5. Psychological Aspects of Social Movements: A look into the psychological factors that drive collective action.
  6. Dictatorship vs. Democracy: Psychological perspectives on different governance models and their impact on social change.

How do I attend: The Social Change Career Podcast livestream can be watched on LinkedIn & YouTube. The recording will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and converted to an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: The session will be streamed on September 5 at 9 am EST.

Why is PCDN doing this? We are committed to helping social impact professionals and students around the world find their path to impact careers. Our goal is to help as many people as possible put impact and changemaking at the heart of their work across diverse sectors.

For those who want much greater support, access to the world’s best experts, more interactive sessions, networking events & workshops over 350 opportunities per month (fellowships, jobs, funding, socent + startup, training, and more) + tons of members-only benefits, please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format: The podcast features interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests, and we strongly encourage questions and participation from the audience. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bio: Fathali M. Moghaddam is Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., U.S.A. He served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science (2014-2020), The Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program (2008-2014), and Editor-in-Chief, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology (2014-2021; published by the American Psychological Association). He currently serves as the Editor, Cambridge University Press, Progressive Psychology Books Series. Dr. Moghaddam was born in Iran, educated from an early age in England, and returned to Iran with the revolution in 1979. He was researching and teaching in Iran during the hostage taking crisis and the first three years of the Iran-Iraq War. He has conducted experimental and field research, as well as been involved in applied projects, in numerous cultural contexts and published extensively on the psychology of conflict, radicalization and terrorism, democracy, and dictatorship. In the area of political behavior, his most recent books are ‘The Psychology of Dictatorship’ (2013), ‘The Psychology of Democracy’ (2016), ‘The Encyclopedia of Political Behavior’ (2 vols. 2017); ‘Mutual Radicalization: The Psychology of How Groups and Nations Drive Each Other to Extremes’ (2018), ‘The Psychology of Radical Social Change’ (with B. Wagoner and J. Valsiner, 2018), ‘Threat to Democracy: The Appeal of Authoritarianism in an Age of Uncertainty’ (2019), ‘How Psychologists Failed: We Neglected the Poor, Favored the Rich and Privileged, and Got Science Wrong’ (2022) and ‘Political Plasticity: The Future of Democracy and Dictatorship’ (2023). His next book is entitled ‘The Psychology of Revolution’ (March, 2024) Dr. Moghaddam has been recognized for his academic work by a number of prestigious awards, including from the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). More about his research and publications can be found on his website: fathalimoghaddam.com 

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