Nafees Hamid is a PhD candidate pursuing research in the psychology of political conflicts at the University College London. His research focuses on how sacred values, social identity, and situational dynamics push and pull individuals towards political movements which are radically opposed to mainstream values. A special emphasis is placed on movements that can have potentially destabilizing consequences such as the rise of right wing nationalist movements in Europe as well as the spread of Salafist-Jihadist ideologies. His techniques include ethnographic interviews, psychological surveys, and neuroimaging experiments.
Nafees holds a Master’s degree in Cognitive Science from École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. He also holds a double major in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. His previous research was focused on moral reasoning and investigated how and when it is successful as a tool for persuasion.