Salma Mousa

I study social cohesion after conflict.

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What does social cohesion look like — especially when ethnic identity is highly salient? Can contact across group lines restore intergroup relations after violence? Can grassroots interventions really chip away at structural barriers that keep communities apart in the first place?

These are the questions that drive my research on intergroup relations after war, particularly in the Arab world. Leveraging field experiments and a focus on long-term, naturalistic behaviors, I investigate strategies for building everyday coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims.

I am a PhD candidate (ABD) at Stanford University's political science department, and a graduate fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab. As an Egyptian raised in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Canada, social cohesion has fascinated me as a concept, process, and outcome.

My work has been supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the Program on Governance and Local Development, and Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab, McCoy Center for Ethics in Society, Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, Center on International Conflict and Negotiation, Freeman Spogli Institute, Abbasi Program on Islamic Studies, and King Center on Global Development.

Aside from that, I enjoy playing the drums and piano, and following any soccer game with Mohamed Salah in it.