Mariska Kappmeier is a post-doctoral scholar in the Intergroup Relations Lab in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Her main research focus is on intergroup conflict and the assessment of trust between conflict parties. In order to understand how trust can be built systematically as an academic field and as a practice, she is particularly interested in what dimensions shape trust in conflict.
In a related line of research, Mariska focuses on conflict assessment and the preparation of conflict interventions, particular conflict mediation. She has worked as a trainer and facilitator in numerous conflict settings and is also part of an international conflict facilitation team that works with municipal delegates from ethnic conflict regions such as Cypress, Israel, Ireland, Iraq, and Kosovo.
Mariska received her PhD from the University of Hamburg, Germany in July 2012. Mariska received for her dissertation the Gert-Sommer Award for best thesis in Peace Psychology.