Sophia Moskalenko Ph.D.

Sophia Moskalenko

Sophia Moskalenko got her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research on terrorism and radicalization has been presented in scientific conferences, government briefings, radio broadcasts and international television newscasts. As a research fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (NC-START) she has worked on research projects commissioned by the Department of Defence, Department of Homeland Security and Department of State. With Clark McCauley she authored Friction: How conflict radicalizes them and us, which received David E. Sears award for best book in political psychology. Scheduled for release in 2018 is The Marvel of Martyrdom: the power of self-sacrifice in a selfish world. She teaches psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  

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Using case histories from 1800s to the present, from Europe and North America, McCauley and Mosklaneko identify 12 mechanisms of radicalization operating across individual, small group, and mass-public levels.  These mechanisms produce the dynamics of intergroup conflict, in which both sides are radicalized in action and reaction over time. 

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