(last updated 12/09)
• Ph.D.: Michigan State University, 2000, Clinical Psychology
• M.A.: Michigan State University, 1996
• B.A.: University of Pennsylvania, 1992
|Came to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1/05 - present Lecturer, University of Illinois
8/00 - 5/04 Assistant Professor,
Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
8/99 - 8/00 Doctoral Intern: MSU
Counseling Center, East Lansing, MI
6/97 - 12/98 Instructor, Michigan State
University, East Lansing, MI
8/96 - 5/97 Instructor, Lansing
Community College, Lansing, MI
For the past 10 years, I have been interested in exploring factors and conditions associated with
changes in beliefs about race, ethnicity, and nationalism.
To that end, I have been studying how acculturation strategies and
cultural involvement affect psychological adjustment and core beliefs
in immigrant and minority populations (detailed descriptions and
short research reports can be found on my research
homepage). At the present time, I am immersing myself in learning about restorative justice systems and intend to make these systems (and their effectiveness in addressing racial and other types of conflict) the primary focus of my research in the near future.
|Recent Research Publications
Ben-Rafael, E., Lyubansky, M., Glockner, O., Harris, P., Schoeps,
J., Israel, Y., & Jasper, W. (2006). Building
a diaspora: Russian Jews in Israel, Germany, and the USA.
Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers.
Shpungin, E. & Lyubansky, M. (2006). Navigating
social class roles in community research. American Journal
of Community Psychology, 37, 227-235.
Lyubansky, M. & Eidelson, R.J. (2005). Revisiting Du Bois:
African American double consciousness and its relationship to
beliefs about one's racial and national groups. Journal of
Black Psychology, 31, 3-26.
Lambert, M.C., Rowan, G.T., Lyubansky, M., & Russ, C.M. (2002).
Do Problems of Clinic-Referred African-American Children Overlap
with the Child Behavior Checklist? Journal of Child and Family
Studies, 11(3), 271-285.
I am, for the moment, deliberately between research projects, trying to focus my energy this year (2009/10) on the building of a restorative justice system in the local community that can, among other things, be used for the purpose of racial healing. If we can get this off the ground, I hope that studying the effectiveness of this system under different conditions will become my new interest focus.
My recent research activity is summarized below: More details about each project are available on my research
Paul Harris, William Baker, Cameron Lippard, and I recently collected data from a sample of documented and undocumented undocumented Latino/Chicano migrants in Georgia. We are writing up those findings now.
I recently completed a series of studies with Roy Eidelson, executive
director of the Solomon
Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, and other
colleagues examining race group differences in beliefs Americans
have about their racial group and their national group (see results
summary), and the extent to which these beliefs explain
attitudes and behaviors associated with group conflict.
A book I co-wrote with Paul Harris and several immigration researchers in Germany and Israel titled "Building
a diaspora: Russian Jews in Israel, Germany and the USA" was published in 2006.
In this book, we described quantitative and qualitative data we gathered on the social and linguistic
integration of well over 1000 Russian speaking Jews in the three most common countries of destination and idenitfied factors associated with immigrant
engagement in the host country's Jewish community (see project
In addition to academic writing, I also like to write for a general audience about psychology in popular culture.
Lyubansky, M. (in press). Are the fangs real? Vampires as racial metaphor in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. In L. Wilson (Ed.). Ardeur. Dallas, TX: Ben Bella Books.
Lyubansky, M. (2008). How group prejudice forms and other race-related lessons from the Xavier Institute. In R. Rosenberg (Ed.). The psychology of superheroes: An unauthorized exploration. Dallas, TX: Ben Bella Books.
Lyubansky, M. (in press). Buffy’s Search for Meaning. In J. Davidson (Ed.). The psychology of Joss Whedon: An unauthorized exploration. Dallas, TX: Ben Bella Books.
Lyubansky, M. (2007). Harry Potter and the word that shall not be named. In N. Mulholland (Ed.). The psychology of Harry Potter: An unauthorized examination of the boy who lived. Dallas, TX: Ben Bella Books.
Lyubansky, M. (2007). A few laps around the non-tenure track. In R. Eidelson, J. Laske, & L. Cherfas (Eds.). Peacemaker 101: Careers confronting conflict. Philadelphia, PA: Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict.
|Hobbies and favorite things
Playing and watching basketball (and occassionally other sports);
watching movies; reading science fiction; exploring the web.
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