Header image: River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180113155948668_COVERWelcome to my website! My name is Amir Maghsoodi. I am a card-carrying Physicist working toward my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois.

I am an Iranian-American scholar-activist and am passionate about using my research and academic training as tools for social justice. My research interests stand at the nexus of social psychology, personality psychology, and developmental psychology.

Currently, I am working with Dr. Nidia Ruedas-Gracia to study social-psychological factors such as “sense of belonging” that correlate with academic outcomes and that are especially relevant for individuals belonging to historically oppressed and marginalized groups. I hope to expand this work to include other individual and social outcomes, for MENA immigrants in particular and hyphenated Americans writ large. (if you are a researcher in this area and would like to collaborate, don’t be a stranger!)

I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Association for Research in Personality (ARP). I am also the campus representative for APA Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race) at the University of Illinois.

Back in my days as a physicist, I developed a fascination with programming. Now, I like to write computer programs that blend my love of art and programming. In the video above, you can see one of my projects (an audio visualizer based on the physics of granular systems). Check out my Art page for more of my projects!