Lucas B. Mazur

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E-Mail: lucasmazur(at)

completed his Ph.D. in social psychology at Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA). He also holds a MA in sociology from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and a MA in psychology from the New School for Social Research, in New York City (USA). His research examines the social cognition underlying categorization, particularly of collective, group-based experiences, and how these processes influence intergroup dynamics. He spent the 2014-2015 conducting research on how perceptions of group-based suffering under the Soviet Union affect current Polish-Ukrainian relations, particularly related to the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine. He has examined how perceptions of past suffering influence intergroup relations between various national, ethnic, religious and immigrant communities in Europe and the United States. Dr. Mazur is also currently working as a Research Fellow the History of Ideas Research Centre at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Areas of Interest:

Social cognition, victimhood, social categories, intergroup relations, history and psychology

Selected Publications:

Mazur, L.B. & Watzlawik, M. (in press). Debates about the scientific status of psychology: Looking at the bright side. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science.

Mazur, L.B. (in press-a). Where were the concentration camps? The porous border between geography and responsibility. Psychology and Society.

Mazur, L.B. (in press-b). Revisiting Ichheiser’s Polish texts. In A.C. Joerchel & G. Benetka (eds.) Remembering Gustav Ichheiser from Vienna to Chicago: A life trajectory of a displaced social scientist.

Mazur, L.B. (in press-c). Gaps in human knowledge. Highlighting the whole beyond our conceptual reach. In B. Wagoner, I. Bresco, & S.H. Awad (Eds.), The Psychology of Imagination: Social and Cultural Perspectives.

Mazur, L.B. (in press-d). A living legacy of peace scholarship: A review of The Social Psychology of Intractable Conflict, Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Bar-Tal, Volume 1. Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

Mazur, L.B., & Vollhardt, J.R. (in press). The prototypicality of genocide. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

Mazur, L.B. (2015a). Prejudice reduction and collective action: A conflict or confluence of interests? Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3(2), 291-308.

Mazur, L.B. (2015b). Power and social psychology. Orbis Idearum, 2(1), 101-114.

Mazur, L.B., Nair, R., & Vollhardt, J.R. (2015). Dynamics of group and intergroup relations, in A. Dost-Gözkan & D. Sönmez Keith (Eds.), Norms, Groups, Conflict and Social Change. Rediscovering Muzafer Sherif’s psychology (pp. 159-186). Piscataway, NJ: Transaction.

Mazur, L.B. (2014) The social psychology of intractable conflicts, Culture & Psychology. 20, 276-281.