Miriam Matthews

Behavioral and Social Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in social psychology, Claremont Graduate University


Miriam Matthews is a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. She conducts research in the areas of political psychology and diversity and multiculturalism.

Matthews has published research on multiple topics, including the factors that contribute to negative intergroup attitudes among Americans and Arabs, the influence of acculturation ideologies on intergroup attitudes, the effects of threats on political attitudes, and the situations that influence support for anti-Western jihad. In addition, she has examined employment barriers for civilians with disabilities and Hispanics in the Department of Defense (DoD), measurement and prevention of hazing in the US Armed Forces, measurement of racial/ethnic harassment and discrimination, sexual assault prevention and response, and various international data collection efforts. She was granted a transdisciplinary grant and national fellowship in support of her research.

Matthews earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and she was a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Oxford.

Selected Publications

Hackett, J., Omoto, A., & Matthews, M., "Human rights: The role of psychological sense of global community," Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21, 2015

Levin, S., Pratto, F., Matthews, M., Sidanius, J., & Kteily, N., "A dual process approach to understanding intergroup prejudice in Lebanon: An extension to intergroup threat perceptions and emotions," Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16, 2013

Levin, S., Matthews, M., Guimond, S., Sidanius, J., Pratto, F., Kteily, N., Pitpitan, E., & Dover, T., "Assimilation, multiculturalism, and colorblindness: Mediated and moderated relationships between social dominance orientation and prejudice," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 2012

Dover, T.L., Matthews, M., Krauss, D.A., & Levin, S., "Just world beliefs, expert psychological testimony, and verdicts: A mediational model," Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 12, 2012

Victoroff, J., Adelman, J., & Matthews, M., "Psychological factors associated with support for suicide bombing in the Muslim Diaspora," Political Psychology, 33, 2012

Matthews, M., & Levin, S., "Testing a dual process model of prejudice: Assessment and manipulation of group threat perceptions," Motivation and Emotion, 36, 2012

Matthews, M., Levin, S., & Sidanius, J., "A longitudinal test of ideological motives within the model of political conservatism as motivated social cognition," Political Psychology, 30, 2009


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