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Daniela Niesta Kayser

Dani Niesta Kayser

Daniela Niesta Kayser

University of Potsdam
Visiting Scholar, 2018-19 Study #16

Daniela Niesta Kayser will spend her visiting scholar year working on one primary project while combining two related research areas: She will write a book that addresses (a) the effects of threats to self from demographic change and (b) the predictors of moral courage necessary to overcome ostracism with particular application to migration. Niesta Kayser’s past and present work analyzes universal sources of threat to a person’s self, such as social exclusion, threat to freedom, and mortality salience. Migrants and refugees are particularly vulnerable to these threats given their status as newcomers to a system paired with a lack of social and legal status. Her research plan interweaves threats induced to both the newcomers and the hosts in a migration society with interventions that facilitate integration. Moreover, this line of research will be used as a scientific tool from which a more comprehensive model of moral courage may evolve in the face of norm violations in different situational contexts.

Niesta Kayser is a researcher and lecturer in psychology at the University of Potsdam, Germany, whose research falls at the intersection between threat to self, moral conduct in situations of norm violations, interpersonal relationships, and educational development. Currently, she is responsible for methods teaching and advising in the education science doctoral program at the University of Potsdam. She is also the principal investigator in a German Science Foundation project examining approach and avoidance motives in interpersonal relationships impacted by the color red. Niesta Kayser is the co-organizer of a 2018 conference for the scientific exchange and development of refugee teacher programs on a national and international level.

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