Salma Mousa

I study social cohesion, especially after war.

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What does social cohesion look like — especially when prejudice is highly salient — and how can we "nudge" segregated communities toward it? Can grassroots interventions really chip away at structural barriers that keep communities apart in the first place? How can contact across group lines boost social cohesion, especially in the wake of conflict? These are the questions that drive my research on intergroup relations between minorities and majorities in the Arab world,  the U.S., and beyond. 

I am a 5th year PhD candidate at Stanford University's political science department. As an Egyptian raised in Toronto, Jeddah, and Abu Dhabi, social cohesion has fascinated me as a concept, process, and outcome. My research relies on field experiments with a focus on long-term, naturalistic behaviors, often among communities recovering from war and often involving Muslim outgroups. 

Aside from that, I enjoy playing the drums and piano, following any soccer game with Mohamed Salah in it, and hiking (turns out it's just walking outside).