Eftychia Stamkou (1985) is a social and cultural psychologist. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Panteion University of Athens (summa cum laude) alongside her music composition studies at Conservatorium of Athens (cum laude). She then moved to the University of Amsterdam where she completed a Research Master’s in social and organizational psychology (cum laude) and conducted her dissertation research in social psychology (PhD in 2018). After her PhD, she was appointed assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam. She has held temporary positions at Columbia University, Columbia Business School, and the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Eftychia’s research is supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO: Rubicon, Veni), the Fulbright Program, and the European Commission (Horizon-2020 Societal Challenges). In 2020, she received the triennial Early Career Award of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). Eftychia is leading the Amsterdam Arts and Social Sciences (AARTSS) lab.
My research interests lie in the realms of art, culture, power, and norm violations. In my past research, I studied how people react to norm violators and under which circumstances people confer power to them. This line of research revealed important constraints to norm violators’ upward mobility, such as the cultural context (e.g., norm violators are seen as powerless in collectivistic cultures), the observer’s status (e.g., high-status observers block violator’s way up), and the domain of the violation (e.g., deviance is rewarded in art but not in business settings). I then took a novel and positive perspective on norm violations to study how deviant actors gain influence in art. Building upon this line of research, I am currently studying how people respond to art that violates and challenges widely-shared norms (e.g., heteronormativity) and how socio-cultural factors may account for the suppression of deviant artistic content (i.e., censorship). I see art as a soft form of power that can challenge our preconceptions and study the processes through which art transforms our cultural worldviews.
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