Özge Savaş is a critical and applied social psychologist whose work is in conversation with decolonial, intersectional feminist, liberation, community, and cultural psychologies. Her work with displaced people focuses on issues like home-making and citizen-making, while she also works with transnational women's rights activists in understanding global gender inequities.
Savaş is a critical and applied social psychologist whose work is in conversation with decolonial, intersectional feminist, liberation, community, and cultural psychologies. She received her PhD in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from University of Michigan. Her research focuses on understanding how people develop in(ter)dependence and belonging within various social, cultural, and economic systems and across their lifetimes. In answering questions about when, where, and how “people” feel included or excluded and who belongs, she adopts a social justice lens, uses multiple methods, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, and brings the macro (institutional), meso (symbolic), and micro (individual) levels of analyses together. Her research has significant social policy implications and applicability in addressing issues ranging from immigrant rights and humanitarian crises to the widening cultural/political divide and global gender inequality. Savaş joined the Bennington faculty in Fall 2020.