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My name is Emese Ilyés (a quirky Hungarian name that sounds a bit like ‘Eh-meh-sheh’). I am a social psychologist.

My scholarship and my pedagogical commitments are rooted in historically situated approaches to the nature of knowledge, stitched together with an intersectional and interrelational understanding of what it means to be human. I have conducted research within a variety of settings and populations including: high schools, among undergraduate students; in courtrooms; and in sheltered workshops aimed at supporting adults labeled as intellectually disabled.

My academic career continues to inquire more deeply into the complexities of the mechanics of moral exclusion, as a historical, political, social phenomenon and how these are constantly reinforced and challenged through individual and collective meaning making.

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