Eran Halperin will spend the fellowship year developing theory and design for personalized intergroup interventions. Halperin's research integrates psychological and political theories to tailor effective interventions to promote support for compromises and intergroup equality.
Halperin is a former dean of the School of Psychology at IDC–Herzliya and now professor in the psychology department at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the head and founder of an academic NGO called aChord - Social Psychology for Social Change. An award-winning researcher of emotional processes and field experimentalist, Halperin’s research uses psychological and political theories to investigate causal factors driving intergroup conflicts. More specifically, his work develops new approaches for modifying the psychological roots of intolerance, exclusion, and intergroup violence. The unique case of Israeli society in general, and that of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular, motivates much of his work, and most of his studies are conducted in that "natural laboratory." Halperin has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in journals that include Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Psychological Science. He earned his PhD from Haifa University (summa cum laude) and was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University on a Fulbright scholarship. In 2013, he received the Erik Erikson Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology.