SSST Professors


Dr. Sabina Čehajić-Clancy

Associate Professor


Sabina Čehajić-Clancy received her PhD in social psychology from Sussex University (2008). She is currently an Associate Professor and Dean of the Political Science and International Relations Department at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. She is also affiliated with Stanford University as a former Fulbright scholar. Sabina’s work is in the area of intergroup reconciliation for which she has received many dissertation and career awards. Her research fits into four main categories: intergroup contact/dialogue, intergroup emotions, social identity and education. She has 15+ years of experience in working as a consultant for international organizations designing and evaluating peace-buildling and reconciliation interventions. Her research has also received wide national and international coverage. Sabina also serves on the editorial boards for Political Psychology and the European Journal of Social Psychology.

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  • DEAN, Political Science and International Relations, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, 2014-present.
  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR of Political Psychology, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, 2008-present. 


  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, 2014-2015.
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology (SPSSI Dissertation Award), SUSSEX UNIVERSITY, 2005-2008
  • M.Sc. in Applied Social Psychology (Distinction), SUSSEX UNIVERSITY, 2003-2004. 
  • B.A. in Psychology (summa cum laude), UNIVERSITY OF SARAJEVO, 1999-2003.


  • Dean, POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, 2014-present. 
  • Associate Professor of Social and Political Psychology, SARAJEVO SCHOOL OF SCIENCE  AND TECHNOLOGY, 2008-present. 
  • Consultant, INTERNATIONAL REPUBLICAN INSTITUTE, 2017-present. 
  • Consultant, CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICE, 2016-present.
  • M&E Consultant, POST-CONFLICT AND RESEARCH CENTRE, 2011-present.  
  • Project manager, SAVE THE CHILDREN UK, 2007-2008.
  • Consultant, UNICEF, 2007.
  • Teaching assistant, SUSSEX UNIVERSITY, 2006.
  • Researcher, UNICEF, 2002-2003. 


  • English (fluent)
  • German (fluent)
  • French (fair)
  • Spanish (fair)


  • Intergroup reconciliation, conflict transformation and resolution, intergroup contact/interventions, genocide, emotions and emotion regulation, moral/collective responsibility, justice, forgiveness, identity, inter-group dialogue, prejudice and discrimination, interdisciplinary and applied approaches. 


  • Since 2004 provision of consultancy (referring to monitoring and evaluation of field interventions; methodology design; advanced statistical analyses) for local and international NGOs in the field of conflict analysis, resolution, reconciliation peace-building, social inclusion, and education.


  • Co-PI, Democratization and Reconciliation, JEAN MONNET, EU, 2017. 
  • Co-PI, Education in divided societies: Developing and researching shared education,  ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL UK, 2017. 
  • Co-PI, Complexity of Social Identity in Western Balkans, SWISS AGENCY FOR  DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION, RRPP, 2015. 
  • PI, Apology effects on forgiveness, SWISS GOVERNMENT, 2013. 
  • Co-PI, Victim group responses to perpetrators reactions to their wrongdoings, BRITISH  ACADEMY, 2010-2012. 
  • PI, Short movies on „Dealing with the Srebrenica genocide”, OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE,  2010. 
  • PI, Denial and acknowledgment: dealing with ingroup committed atrocities, HARRY FRANK  GUGGENHEIM, 2008. 


  • Religion and Reconciliation, UNIVERSITY OF LEUVEN, 2017. 
  • Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community, KING’S COLLEGE LONDON, 2017. 
  • History education and conflict transformation, CYPRUS AND MADRID UNIVERSITY, 2016. 
  • Improving contact interventions through moral exemplars, WARSAW UNIVERSITY, 2016. 
  • Emotion regulation in (post)conflict contexts, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, 2014.
  • Complexity of Social Identity in Western Balkans, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE, 2014.  
  • Effects of Apology: Image, Power and Obligation Shifting, KENT UNIVERSITY, 2013.
  • Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged EU, EUROPEAN COST ACTION IS 1205, 2012.
  • Effects of rescuers stories on reconciliation processes, POST-CONFLICT RESEARCH CENTRE, 2012. 
  • Victim group responses to perpetrators' reactions to their wrongdoings, SUSSEX UNIVERSITY, 2011. 
  • Self-affirmation effects on Acknowledgment of Ingroup Responsibility, HERZLIYA UNIVERSITY, 2010. 
  • Inclusive Education in BIH, SAVE THE CHILDREN, 2008. 
  • Two Schools under One Roof: Divided Schools in BIH, UNICEF, 2007.
  • Defenses against collective responsibility, PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE, 2006. 
  • Effects of intergroup contact on reduction of prejudice among the youth, WINGS OF HOPE, 2005. 
  • Collective Guilt, Shame, and Intergroup Forgiveness in Bosnia and Herzegovin, SUSSEX UNIVERSITY, 2004. 
  • Social Exclusion of Civilian Victims in BIH, UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, 2004. 
  • Eating disorders among the adolescents, ACADEMY OF SCIENCE BIH, 2003. 
  • Children without parental care and children at risk of being institutionalized, UNICEF, 2002. 
  • Post-traumatic growth among the youth population in Sarajevo, UNIVERSITY OF SARAJEVO, 2001. 


  • Undergraduate courses: research methods, political/social psychology, health psychology, public communication, thesis research and design
  • Graduate courses: psychology of intergroup conflict and reconciliation, research methods 


  • Peer-reviewed articles: 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S., & Bilewicz, M. (2017). Fostering reconciliation through historical moral exemplars in a post-conflict society. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 17(4). 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S., Goldenberg, A., Halperin E., & Gross, J. (2016). Social-psychological interventions for intergroup reconciliation: an emotion regulation perspective. Psychological Inquiry, 27(2), 73-88. 
    • Kirchoff, J., & Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2014). Intergroup Apologies: does it matter what they say? Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20(4), 430-451. 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S., & Brown, R. (2014). The Burden of Our Times: Antecedents of group-based guilt and shame. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20(2), 166-170
    • Leach, C., Zeinnedine, F., & Čehajić, S. (2012). Moral immemorial: The rarity of self criticism for previous generations’ genocide. In, J. Vollhardt and M. Bilewicz (Eds.) "The Aftermath of Genocide: Psychological Perspectives," Journal of Social Issues, 69(1), 34-53.  
    • Čehajić, S., Effron. D., Halperin, E., Liberman, V., & Ross, L. (2011). Affirmation, Acknowledgment of Ingroup Responsibility, Group-based Guilt, and Support for Reparative Measures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 256-270.  
    • Čehajić, S., & Brown, R. (2010). Silencing the Past: effect of intergroup contact on acknowledgment of ingroup atrocities. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1(2), 190-196. 
    • Čehajić, S., Brown, R., & Gonzalez, R. (2009). What do I care? Perception of ingroup responsibility and dehumanization as predictors of empathy felt for the victim group. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12(6), 715-729. 
    • Čehajić, S., Brown, R., and Castano, E. (2008). Forgive and forget? Antecedents, mediators, and consequences of Intergroup Forgiveness in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Political Psychology, 29(3), 351-367.  
    • Čehajić, S. & Brown, R. (2008). Not in my name: A Social Psychological Study of Antecedents and Consequences of Acknowledgment of Ingroup Atrocities. Genocide Studies and Prevention. A special issue on the Aftermath of Genocide, 3, 195-211. 
    • Brown, R. & Čehajić, S. (2008). Dealing with the Past and Facing the Future: Mediators of Collective Guilt and Shame in Bosnia and Herzegovina. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 669-684.  
    • Brown, R., Gonzalez, R., Zagefka, H., Manzi, J., Čehajić, S. (2008). Nuestra Culpa. Guilt as predictor of reparation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94(1), 75-90. 
  • Other publications: 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2017). The culture of remembrance in post-conflict societies. In, Development of democratic political culture, Boris Divkovic Foundation.  
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2016). Responding to the past must involve Responsibility acceptance. RECOM.  
    • Čehajić, S. (2008). Victim dehumanization: Moral disengagement strategies. Puls Demokratije. 
    • Čehajic, S (2007). Intergroup Forgiveness: towards restoration of community in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Puls Demokratije, no. 8. 
    • Čehajic, S. (2007). Dealing with the Past: the question of Collective Responsibility. Puls Demokratije, no. 6
  • Books and book chapters: 
    • Psaltis, C., Carretero, M., & Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2017). History Teaching and Conflict Transformation: Social Psychological Theories, History Teaching and Reconciliation. Palgrave Publishing. 
    • Turjacanin, V., Dusanic, S., Lakic, S., Cehajic-Clancy, S., & Pulic de Sanctis, S. (in press). Ethnic, Religious and National Identities among young Bosniaks and Serbs in Minority and Majority Contexts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In, F. Pratto, I. Zezelj, E. Maloku, V. Turjacanin, & M. Brankovic (Eds.), Shaping Social Identities after the Violent Conflicts: Youth in Western Balkans. Palgrave Publishing. 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2015). Dealing with ingroup committed atrocities: moral responsibility and group-based guilt. In, E. Halperin & K. Sharvit (Eds.), The social psychology of intractable conflicts. Springer.  
    • S. Čehajić-Clancy (2014). Dealing with the Past: The Road from Denial towards Responsibility. SSST Press. 
    • Bar-Tal, D. & Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2013). From collective victimhood to social reconciliation: outlining a conceptual framework. In, D. Spini, D. Čorkalo Biruški, & G. Elcheroth (Eds.), War and Community: Collective experiences in the former Yugoslavia. New York: Springer. 
    • Čehajić, S. (2012). Regarding the suffering of others: intergroup empathy. In, D. Christie (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.  
    • Čehajić, S. (2012). Coming to terms with the past marked by collective violence: the question of collective (moral) responsibility. In, O. Simic & Z. Volcic, Peace Psychology in the Balkans. Springer, 235-244. 
  • Conference presentations and proceedings: 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2017).  The effects of political apologies. Tilburg University. October 2017.  
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2017). The relationship between identity and reconciliation processes. Conference “Politics of building peace in the region: burdens from the past and visions for the future”. University of Sarajevo. October 2017. 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2017). Intergroup reconciliation as an emotion regulation process. International Peace and Security Institute Symposium. July 2017.  
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S., & Bilewicz, M. (2017). The effects of moral exemplars on reconciliation processes. ISPP Conference. Edinburg. July 2017. 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2016). Self-affirmation and intergroup contact effects on reconciliation. Humanity in Action Conference. University of Sarajevo. November 2016. 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2015). The role of moral exemplars for intergroup reconciliation. EASP Small group meeting. Budapest. June 2015.
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2015). Socio-psychological processes of intergroup reconciliation. University of Koeln. April 2015. 
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S., Bilewicz, M., & Witkowska, M. (2014). Doing the right thing: the role of moral exemplars in intergroup forgiveness. European Association of Social Psychology General Meeting. Amsterdam, July 9-12 2014
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2014). From Denial towards Acknowledgment. Making Peace Conference. Sarajevo June 20th 2014.  
    • Čehajić-Clancy, S. (2014). The role of youth in Intergroup Reconciliation. WARM Conference Sarajevo June 23rd 2014. 
    • Giner-Sorolla, R.,  Čehajić-Clancy, S., & Petrovic, N. (2014). Image, power and obligation shifting concerns in both sides of group apology. International Society for Justice Research. New York University, June 19-22, 2014.  
    • Čehajić, S. (2014). Socio-psychological processes of intergroup reconciliation. Queens University Belfast. School of Education. The Centre for Shared Education. June 9th 2014.  
    • Čehajić, S. (2013). The effects of apology offers on reconciliation. University of Marburg (Germany). April 26th 2013.  
    • Čehajić, S. (2012). Victim group responses to emotions expressions and reparation offers. Political Psychology Annual Meeting in Chicago. July 7-10 2012.  
    • Čehajić, S. (2012). Intergroup Reconciliation from socio-psychological perspective. Humanity in Action Conference in Sarajevo. June 27-July 1 2012. 
    • Čehajić, S. (2012). Applying socio-psychological research in conflict contexts. University of Sussex (Applied Research Seminars). January 19 2012. 
    • Čehajić, S. (2011). Predictors of acknowledgment of collective atrocities. EASP General Meeting in Stockholm. 12-16 july 2011.  
    • Čehajić, S. (2010). Victimhood as an obstacle towards reconciliation. Regional CNA (Center for Non-Violent Action) Conference 'Neighbors and not Enemies' held in Sarajevo. 23-25 april 2010. 
    • Čehajić, S. (2009). Antecedents of acceptance of collective responsibility. EASP Small Group Meeting in Israel. 07-11 september 2009. 


  • Research and Development Award, Chancellor’s Award by the SSST University, 2015.
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar, US State Department, 2014.
  • Association of Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star Award, 2013.
  • SPSSI (Society of Psychological Studies for Social Issues) Dissertation Award, 2008.
  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Award, 2007.
  • British Scholarship Trust, 2006.
  • Global Supplementary Grant by George Soros, 2005.
  • Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme , 2005.
  • Chancellor's International Scholarship Award, Sussex University, 2004.
  • British Chevening Scholarship, 2004.
  • DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Scholarship, 2002. 


  • Consulting Editor, European Journal of Social Psychology, 2017-present.
  • Ethics Board Member , Birmingham Law School, 2017-present.
  • Governing Office Member, International Society of Political Psychology, 2012-present.
  • Associate Editor, Political Psychology, 2011-present.
  • Reviewer for EU funding agencies, 2014-present.
  • Programe and Organization Committee Head, EASP Small Group Meeting (Sarajevo), 2011.
  • Member of the Consultancy Board for the Post-Conflict Research Centre, 2010-present.
  • Steering Committee Member, Association of Psychologists in BIH, 2008-2012. 


  • EGAP, Evidence in Governance and Politics
  • APS, American Psychological Society
  • SPSSI, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues  
  • EASP, European Association of Social Psychology  
  • ISPP, International Society of Political Psychology  
  • IAGS, International Association of Genocide Scholars  
  • IAAP. International Association of Applied Psychology 

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