Ofer Feldman, Ph.D. 

1. Resume/Vitae


Short Biography
 I am currently Professor of Political Behavior & Psychology at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. In 1987, The University of Tokyo granted me my Ph.D. (the first Ph.D. in Social Psychology). I held positions and served as faculty member at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1980-82; 2009), Keio University (1987-88), Ibaraki University (1988-1992), the University of Tokyo (1989), Tokiwa University (1989-1993), the University of Tsukuba (1992-1995) Naruto University of Education (1995-2004), Tokushima University (1996), and Kyoto University (2001). In these universities I taught courses in political behavior and attitudes, social psychology, and communication. In addition, I held a Visiting Scholar positions at the University of British Columbia (Canada, 1996), Tel Aviv University (Israel, 1997-1998), York University (UK, 1999), the Mershon Center at the Ohio State University (USA, 2001-2002), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2009).

Research and Teaching Interests
  1. Japanese Politics/Political Behavior: Political Institutions; Leadership & Political Leadership; Voting Behavior; Media-Politics Relationships.
  2. Political Psychology/Behavior: Comparative Political Psychology & Participation; Public Opinion & Voting Behavior; Political Personality & Leadership; Political Attitudes; Political Communication.
  3. Comparative Culture: Cultural Aspects in Different Socio-Political Settings; Communication & Intercultural Communication; Linkages between Culture and Attitudes; Motivations for Social Activity and their Relationships with Lifestyle & Culture.

Academic Activities
 I am the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters in the fields of political behavior/psychology, communication studies, and Japanese politics. My work has appeared in more than 80 publications in such journals as Political Psychology, Political Communication and Persuasion, Comparative Political Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Shimbungaku Hyoron, and Ribayasan; and in edited book chapters including Political Psychology: Cultural and Cross-Cultural Perspectives (edited by S.A. Renshon & J. Duckitt, published by Macmillan, London & New York University Press, New York, 2000 [pp. 73-78; 182-200]); Autoritarismus: Kontroversen und Ansatze der Aktuellen Autoritarismusforschung [Authoritarianism: Controversies and Approaches in Authoritarianism Research Today] (edited by S. Rippl, C. Seipel, & A. Kindervater, published by Leske & Budrich, Germany: Opladen, 2000 [pp. 147-171]) (with M.W. Watts; in German); Kokyo Seisakugaku [Public Policy] (edited by Y. Adachi & T. Moriwaki, published by Minerva Shobo, Kyoto, 2003 [pp. 209-224] (in Japanese); and in Handobukku Seiji Shinrigaku [Handbook of Political Psychology] (edited by J. Kawata & Y. Araki, published by Hokuju, Tokyo, 2003 [pp. 63-73] (in Japanese).
 I was also in charge of 106 encyclopedia items related to political psychology in general and to political behavior in Japan (appeared in Seijigaku Jiten [Encyclopedia of Political Science ] (edited by T. Inoguchi et al., published by Kobundo, Tokyo, 2000), and in charge of 12 encyclopedia items related to political psychology and behavior in general (appeared in Kokusai Seiji Jiten [Encyclopedia of International Politics] (edited by T. Inoguchi et al., published by Kobundo, Tokyo, 2005) (both in Japanese).
 I have presented numerous papers and participated in various panel symposia at various conferences of academic societies including that of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), International Political Science Association (IPSA), International Communication Association (ICA), American Political Science Association (APSA), Japan Election Studies Association, and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). In addition I was invited as a guest speaker to a number of conferences including (most recently) the First International Colloquium On Political Leadership in Modern Societies, Xalapa, Mexico (November, 2007), the Focus Asia: Moral and Political Leadership in Asia meeting, Lund University, Sweden (May, 2008), and the International Seminar: Political Parties, Changes and Continuities in a Global Context, Mexico City, Mexico (November, 2008).

 In addition, I am the sole author of

  1. Ningen shinri to seiji [Human Psyche and Politics ]
    (Waseda University Press,1989) [the first introductory book to political psychology in Japanese]

  2. Imeji de yomu nagatacho [Perceiving Japanese Politics through Images] (Miraisha, 1992)
  3. Politics and the News Media in Japan (University of Michigan Press, 1993);
  4. The Japanese Political Personality (Macmillan, 1999; St. Martin's Press, 2000)
    http://traveltoeasternasia.com/0312229275.html ;
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312229275/250-5274388-4303417 ;
  5. Talking Politics in Japan Today (Sussex Academic Press, hardcover 2004; paperback 2005)
    Book Content: http://www.sussex-academic.co.uk/pdfs/feldman,ofer(contents).pdf
    Extract: http://www.sussex-academic.co.uk/pdfs/feldman,ofer(extract).pdf
  6. Seiji shinrigaku [Political Psychology] (Minerva Shobo, 2006)

    (and two research reports/monographs in Japanese).
 I am the sole editor of

 and the co-editor of four books entitled,
  1. Political Psychology in Japan: Behind the Nails that Sometimes Stick Out (and Get Hammered Down) (Nova Science Publication, 1999),
  1. Politically Speaking: A Worldwide Examination of Language Used in the Political Sphere (Praeger, 1998; With Christ'l De Landtsheer);
  2. Beyond Public Speech and Symbols: Explorations in the Rhetoric of Politicians and the Media (Praeger, 2000; with Christ'l De Landtsheer);
  3. Profiling Political Leaders: Cross-Cultural Studies of Personality and Behavior (Praeger, 2001; With Linda O. Valenty ); and
  4. Political Leadership for the New Century: Personality and Behavior Among American Leaders (Praeger, 2002; With Linda O. Valenty ).
Information about these works can be found in http://www.directtextbook.com/author/ofer-feldman
  1. Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Institute of East-Asia Studies (Hebrew University), Israel: Graduate school studying grants, 1980-1982.
  2. Japanese Government (Mombusho: Ministry of Education): Pre-doctoral research & Doctoral studying fellowships, 1982-87.
  3. Japan Foundation (Kokusai Koryu Kikin): Travel grants, 1989,1993.
  4. Japanese Government (Ministry of Education): Various research travel grants, 1990-2003.
  5. The 1993 Recipient of the Erik H. Erikson Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Political Psychology, from the International Society of Political Psychology.
  6. The Matsushita International Foundation (Matsushita Kokusai Zaidan): Research grant, 1993-1994.
  7. Nomura Foundation (Gakujutsu Shinko Nomura Kikin): Research grant, 1994.
  8. Kikkoman Foundation, USA: Research grant (Wisconsin University), 1996.
  9. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Nihon Gakujutsu Shinkokai): Research grants, 1999-2001; 2008-2010.
  10. Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Fellowship (Daiwa Nichiei Kikin): Research grant in the UK (Visiting Scholar in York University), 1999.
  11. Fulbright Fellowship: Research grant, 2001-2002 (Visiting Scholar in Ohio State University, USA).
  12. Mershon Center, The Ohio State University, USA: Researcher grant, 2001-2002.
  13. Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Psychology the Warsaw School of Social Psychology, Poland: Lecture grant, 2006.
  14. El Colegio de Veracruz, Mexico: Lecture grant, 2007.
  15. Lund University, Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies: Lecture grant, 2008.
  16. El Colegio Mexiquense, A.C. Mexico: Lecture grant, 2008.
  17. Lady Davis Fellowship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Research grant, 2009.
Selected List of Professional Activities
  1. Elected Member: Governing Council, International Society of Political Psychology, elected 1993, tenure 1993-1995; Executive Committee, Psycho-Politics Research Group, International Political Science Association, elected 1994, tenure 1994-1997; reelected 1997, tenure 1997-2000; Chair, Psycho-Politics Research Group, International Political Science Association, elected 2000 (tenure 2000-2006).
  2. Member: Nominating Committee, International Society of Political Psychology (1994; 1997; Chair of the Committee, 1998); Outreach Committee, International Society of Political Psychology (1994-5); Knutson Award Committee, International Society of Political Psychology (1996); Committee for International Exchange and Cooperation, Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication (1997-8); Lasswell & Sanford Awards Committees, International Society of Political Psychology (2001); Chair, Markwell Media Award Committee, International Society of Political Psychology (2008-9).
  3. Manuscript Reviews: Invited by journal editors to serve as a reviewer for Political Psychology (1993- ); Journal of Communication (1994- ); Politics and the Individual (1995- ); Press/Politics (1996- ); Journal of Asian Studies (1997- ); Japanese Journal of Political Science (2001- );Political Communication (2005- ), Journal of Language Social Psychology (2008- ).
  4. Executive Editor: Politics, Groups, and the Individual: International Journal of Political Psychology and Political Socialization (Publisher: Verlag Dr. R. Kramer, Hamburg, Germany (1995-2000).
  5. Editorial Board: Masu Komiyunikason Kenkyu, the journal of Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication (1994-5). Political Psychology (1998-2004); Politics, Culture Socialization: An International Journal (2007-).
  6. Referee in tenure/promotion process in universities in the USA (1999), and Australia (2006, 2008).
  7. Book Review: Invited by publishers (USA, UK) to reviewer proposals for books’ manuscripts.

Current Research Interest

   My current research project focuses on the relationship between politicians (or candidates for political office) and their audiences. Initial details on this project were presented during recent (2004~2008) annual meetings of the International Society of Political Psychology, and the 3rd European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Conference, Hungary, Budapest (September 2005). Other details regarding this project will be published as the data is gathered and the analysis continues.

Related Links
1. International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee (RC) 29 Psycho-Politics
2.International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee (RC) 21 Political Socialization and Education