Katya Migacheva

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Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in social psychology, University of Massachusetts


Katya Migacheva is a social and behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. In her research, she has sought to understand the socio-psychological roots of conflict and approaches to peacebuilding.

With the support of multiple grants and a fellowship from the U.S. State Department, Migacheva researched ways to foster positive contact between racial and ethnic groups in the United States and conducted international work to understand how drastic societal transformations affect intergroup relations. Additionally, Migacheva consulted for local and international NGOs on the issues of peace education, overcoming prejudice and discrimination, and integration of refugees/migrants in host societies.

Prior to joining RAND in late 2014, Migacheva served as a senior fellow on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. Congress. In this position, she advised members of Congress on human rights and foreign policy, as well as liaised with U.S. and foreign governments, international organizations, and relief agencies in order to facilitate humanitarian efforts, protect human rights, and prevent conflict in volatile contexts and refugee crises.

Migacheva's current research work and interests focus on disadvantaged and underserved populations, intergroup conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, youth and sociopolitical processes in transitionary contexts, religion and conflict, prevention of bias crimes, and building peaceful communities. In addition, Migacheva has led and contributed to multiple program evaluations, with a particular focus on educational programming, domestically and internationally.

Migacheva holds a Ph.D. in social psychology, with a concentration in psychology of peace and violence, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Russian; Spanish; English