hermann swart

Social Psychologist

Dr Hermann Swart

Personal Profile

I am a Social Psychologist at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. I specialize in quantitative research focusing on intergroup contact and prejudice reduction in post-conflict societies. I enjoy spending my spare time doing landscape photography. I live with my wife, Joy, and daughter, Emma, in Somerset West, South Africa.

A Little More About Me

I obtained B.Sc (Psychology and Human Physiology), Hons. B.Sc (Psychology, cum laude), and M.Sc (Counselling Psychology, cum laude) degrees at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. I attended the University of Oxford, UK as a Rhodes Scholar (Paul Roos Gymnasium & Worcester College, 2004), graduating with a D.Phil degree in 2008 (Dissertation Title: Affective Mediators of Intergroup Contact: Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Analyses in South Africa).

My primary research interests relate to intergroup contact and prejudice reduction. I specialize in using advanced quantitative research methodology (including longitudinal survey research and experimental methods) and advanced statistical analyses (including longitudinal, multi-level, and multi-group structural equation modelling).

I have published in leading international journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal for Personality and Social Psychology. I have presented my research at various international conferences in Europe (BPS Social Psychology Section, EASP, EASP-SPSSI Small Group Meeting) and the United States of America (SPSSI). I am a co-recipient of the 2015 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize for “the best paper or article of the year on intergroup relations” from the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues.

My international collaborative research networks include the Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict (OXSIC, University of Oxford) and the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Germany), as well as researchers at the University of Padua (Italy), Queens University Belfast (Northern Ireland), Philipps-University Marburg (Germany), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), Taylor University (United States of America) and the Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic).

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