Graduate Student Directory
Department of Sociology
University of South Carolina
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Nicolas Harder is a first year graduate student in the department of Sociology. A native of Iowa, he received a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Iowa (2015). During his time at the University of Iowa he worked as a research assistant in the Center for the Study of Group Processes (CSGP). There he was part of studies that looked at the effects age has on work group membership, and how an individual’s leadership identity and task stress effects decision making. This exposure led to a research interest in social psychology, with a focus on leadership, group structure and cohesion, decision making, and identity. He is also interested in the formation of political ideologies, mobilization, and how political ideologies influence day to day behavior. In his free time Nicolas enjoys cooking, reading, long walks, and hiking. He also likes theater, live music, old movies, and anything with caffeine.