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Robert Brennan
PhD Student



After completing a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Limerick in 2018, I enrolled in an MSc in the Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion and Diversity in Society under the mentorship of Dr Anca Minescu. Along with a summer school in cross-cultural interventions and research methods at Koç University, and an RA internship involving action research and outreach with marginalised groups, the content of this course furthered my interest in the political and normative aspects of intergroup attitudes and prejudice.

In 2020 I worked as a research assistant to Dr Anna Kende at Eötvös Loránd University on the multi-national projects PolRom and MisMiE, both involving quantitative research on attitudes towards minority groups across Europe. In 2021 I began a PhD in Psychology at the University of York under the supervision of Prof Harriet Over. My current work seeks to understand the extent to which existing social psychological models of dehumanization explain intergroup harm.


  • PhD in Psychology, University of York (UK), 2021 – present
  • Research Assistant, Department of Social Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary), 2020 – 2021
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint MSc in the Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion and Diversity in Society (Global MINDS), ISCTE – University Institute Lisbon (Portugal), 2018 – 2020
  • BSc in Psychology, University of Limerick (Ireland), 2014 - 2018

Departmental roles

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)



Understanding the role of intergroup bias in dehumanization research


My research examines current theoretical and metric approaches to dehumanization within social psychology, particularly the apparent link between dehumanization and intentions to harm the target. 

Research group(s)

  • Social Origins Research Group


  • Professor Harriet Over
  • Dr Florence Enock




  • Social, Personality & Abnormal Psychology I
  • Language & Development II


Selected publications

Conference Presentations:

Brennan, R. & Minescu, A. (2021). Demographic trends and normative influences of Prejudice towards Travellers in Ireland. Unpublished paper virtually presented as part of the panel Challenges and answers to anti-Gypsyism within the current political climate of Europe at the 44th annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) 11th July, Montreal, Canada.

External activities


  • International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP)

Contact details

Robert Brennan
PhD student
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room: PS/C/124B