Özge Savaş is a PhD candidate in the Gender and Feminist Psychology Area, and is affiliated with the Departments of Psychology and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Koç University, Turkey; and her B.A. in Psychology from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She was named a Barbour Scholar in 2017, and her research with displaced Syrians who resettled in Southeast Michigan post-2011 was funded by Center for Arab American Philanthropy.
Her research examines marginalized people’s sense of belonging in groups, institutions, and nations; privileged individuals’ beliefs and attitudes about who deserves to belong; and everyday practices of homemaking and citizen-making amidst social inequality. Her research bridges the intergroup relations literature in psychology with intersectionality theory that originates in the feminist studies; and translates between narrative and survey-based approaches in social sciences using a sociocultural lens. She uses qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.