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Dr. Rahul Sambaraju
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sambaraju, R, Examining Online Abuse, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Sambaraju, R., I've had women just scream because they saw me comin': Some epistemic issues in Black peoples' accounts of racism in India, 62nd International Communication Association Annual Conference 2019,, Washington D.C., United States of America, 24-29 May, 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

(ed.), 'I've had women just scream because they saw me comin': Some epistemic issues in Black peoples' accounts of racism in India," , Washington, D.C., 24-29 May, 2019, 2019 Proceedings of a Conference, 2019

Hamas leaders' talk on peace and conflict in Palestine in, editor(s)Gibson, Stephen , Discourse, Peace, and, Conflict: Discursive Psychology Approaches., Switzerland, Springer International, 2019, pp101 - 118, [Chris McVittie; Rahul Sambaraju] Book Chapter, 2019

Discourse of Corruption and Anti-Corruption in, editor(s)Seabrook, J. , Corruption, Social Sciences and the Law: Exploration across the disciplines., London, Routledge, 2019, [McVittie, C. & Sambaraju, R.] Book Chapter, 2019

Sambaraju, R., 'Nobody will doubt my allegiance to India': References to mental states as an evaluative practice in contemporary Indian broadcast media discussions, 6th Annual Conference for the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology,, Boston, United States of America, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Making the Everyday Political: The Case of Janapada Geyalu as Protest Songs in the Telangana State Formation Movement, India in, editor(s)Dillane, A, Power, M., Devereuax, E. & Haynes, A. , Songs of Social Protest: International Perspectives, London, UK., Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018, pp234-251 , [Sambaraju, R.] Book Chapter, 2018

Sambaraju, R.; Minescu, A., 'I have not witnessed it personally myself, but ': epistemics in managing talk on racism against immigrants in Ireland, European Journal of Social Psychology, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text DOI

Sambaraju, R., 'National', 'anti-national', and 'patriotic': Negotiating political subjectivity in contemporary Indian politics., 14th Annual Meeting of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry., University of Illinois, Champagne, Urbana: United States of America, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Sambaraju, R., Discursive approaches to studying race/ethnicity & racism: concerns from a postcolonial perspective, 5th Annual Meeting of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology., Duquesne University, Pittsburgh: United States of America, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Sambaraju, R., "We are happy we welcome this decision what our Prime Minister has taken": Political subjectivities in populist politics during demonetization (2016) in India, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 28, (6), 2018, p446-459- Journal Article, 2018

Rahul Sambaraju, Chris McVittie, Karen Goodall, Andy McKinlay, 'Just an Excuse People Are Just Using These Days': Attending to and Managing Interactional Concerns in Talk on Exclusion of Immigrants, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 36, (6), 2017, p654-674 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Sambaraju, R.& Bonfil, C., Retweeting, trolling, and breaching: an interaction approach to digital activities., 15th Biennial Meeting of the International Pragmatics Association., Belfast: United Kingdom, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Sambaraju R, Sammon M, Harnett F, & Douglas E., 'Her choice of course': Negotiating legitimacy of 'choice' in abortion rights deliberations during the 'Repeal the Eighth' movement in Ireland., Journal of Health Psychology, 23, (8), 2017, p263-276 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Rahul Sambaraju, Chris McVittie, The European Union and the refugee 'crisis': Inclusion, challenges, and responses, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27, (2), 2017, p99--104 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27, 2, (2017), 97 - 178p, Sambaraju, R; McVittie, C., [eds.] Journal, 2017 URL

Rahul Sambaraju, Chris McVittie, Philip Nolan, 'This is an EU crisis requiring an EU solution': Nation and transnational talk in negotiating warrants for further inclusion of refugees, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27, (2), 2017, p169--178 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

R. Sambaraju, Book review: Arabella Lyon, Deliberative Acts: Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights, Discourse & Society, 26, (3), 2015, p399--401 Journal Article, 2015

Mckinlay, A., Mcvittie, C., Sambaraju, R., 'This is ordinary behaviour': Categorization and culpability in Hamas leaders' accounts of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, British Journal of Social Psychology, 51, (4), 2012, p534-550 Journal Article, 2012

McVittie, C., McKinlay, A., Sambaraju, R., Social psychology, religion and inter-group relations: Hamas leaders' media talk about their vision for the future, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21, (6), 2011, p515-527 Journal Article, 2011

McVittie, C., Sambaraju, R., McKinlay, A., "There will only be lots of chit-chat": How Hamas leaders and media interviewers handle controversial topics, Research on Language and Social Interaction, 44, (1), 2011, p92-105 Journal Article, 2011

Sambaraju, R., Reiter, E., Logie, R., McKinlay, A., McVittie, C., Gatt, A., Sykes, C., What is in a text and what does it do: Qualitative evaluations of an NLG system - The BT-Nurse - Using content analysis and discourse analysis, ENLG 2011 - 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, Proceedings, 2011, p22-31 Journal Article, 2011

Samabraju, R., & Kirkwood, S., 'We represent here the interests of the free world': Accountability in Israeli leaders' media talk on the Gaza Conflict (2008-2009)., eSharp. Issue 15, Uniting Nations: Risks and Opportunities,, 2010, p133 - 156 Journal Article, 2010

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sambaraju, R. & Roy, Suryapratim, 'Citizenship and Othering in India: CAA and NRC as tools of exclusion', The Conversation, UK, 2020, - Broadcast, 2020

Rahul Sambaraju, 'I wouldn't say I'm totally engaged in politics, but I'd ': Attending to and managing accountability for political participation, Political Science Research Seminar Series, Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 13/09/2019, 2019, Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Invited Talk, 2019

Sambaraju, R., Oppression and access to postsecondary education: Caste-based exclusion in India, 2017, - Miscellaneous, 2017 URL

Sambaraju, R., & Minescu, A., Lay (student) Accounts of discrimination in Ireland., Psychology Research Seminar., Department of Psychology, University of Limerick, Ireland, 18th March, 2016, 2016, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick, Ireland Invited Talk, 2016

Minescu, A. & Sambaraju, R., "Engaging with Refugees: Disseminating Social Scientific Research to Increase Impact on Practice, Policy and Community"., 2016, University of Limerick, Ireland, Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2016

Minescu, A. & Sambaraju, R., gents through Time: How Do People "Make History"? Social Psychological & Historical Research into Collective Memories, Social Identities & Intergroup Relations: FINAL COST ACTION IS1205 CONFERENCE., 9-11, June, 2019, 2016, University of Limerick, Ireland Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2016

Sambaraju, R., Contemporary Social Psychology: generating socially relevant knowledge., Young India Fellows, Sri Aurobindo Institute for Arts and Communications, New Delhi, India, 19, May, 2014, Sri Aurobindo Institute for Arts and Communications Invited Talk, 2014

Research Expertise


My research interests are broadly at the intersection of social psychology and discourse it pertains to some of the pressing concerns of our time. My work examines topics such as identity, prejudice, inter-group conflict, social exclusion / inclusion, and political participation. I examine issues of migration, nationalism, citizenship, and social and protest movements. To date I have extensively examined these issues in diverse settings such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, and Palestine/Israel. In my research I prioritize participants' own ways of sense-meaning and negotiating the concerns they face. The aim here is to explicate and examine peoples' own practices to develop knowledge that will not only help us better understand issues at hand, but also to effect change.I have extensively published my work in leading academic journals in social psychology and discourse analysis. Notably, I have edited a special issue on the 2015 'refugee crisis' as relevant in the context of the European Union for the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. I'm have submitted an Edited book proposal on Critical Qualitative Psychology in India' to Routledge. I'm currently in discussions with the Open University Press to develop an edited collection on the Social Psychology of Online Interactions. I routinely present my work at leading international conferences and organize symposia within these. I'm also invited to give talks at universities and events. In this way, I'm active in disseminating and communicating my research. I closely work with civil society organizations in developing and conducting my research. I actively seek funding for my research: I have applied for grants from Irish Research Council. Currently, I'm leading a Europe-wide consortium in applying for a Horizon 2020 grant on Migration discourses.


Asylum Seekers & Refugees; COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION; Conversation and discourse analysis; Discourse & Dialogue; Discourse analysis; Emigration and the Irish overseas; Imigration policy, Colonial policy, political culture and national identity; Intercultural Communication ; Language and Identity; Mental Health & Communication; MIGRATION and CITIZENSHIP; Peace Psychology; political discourse; Political Participation; Political Psychology; Racism/Race Relations; Refugee/Immigrant Services



Conference co-chair: Agents through Time: How Do People "Make History"? Social Psychological & Historical Research into Collective Memories, Social Identities & Intergroup Relations: FINAL COST ACTION IS1205 CONFERENCE July 7-8,

Invited reviewer for British Journal of Social Psychology [Q1; IF: 2.2], Journal of Social & Political Psychology [Q1; open access], Journal of Health Psychology [Q1; IF: 2.3], Journal of Language and Social Psychology [Q2; IF: .3], and Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology [Q2; IF: 1.3]

I acted as a teaching expert to provide input and develop academic resources for students on two projects: a) Editor of the 'Online Learning Centre' for the website of Wilson, S., & MacLean, R.'s Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology (2010). London: McGraw-Hill. b) Author, Smartbook for Myers, G., Abell, J., & Sani.F. Social Psychology 2nd Edition (2014). London: McGraw Hill.


Member, American Psychological Association, Division 5

Member, International Society for Political Psychology

Member, International Communication Association

Member, Indian Medical Council 01/01/2007