Ofer Feldman, Ph.D. 

1. Resume/Vitae


Short Biography
    I am currently Professor of Political Psychology & Behavior at the Faculty of Policy Studies, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. In 1987, The University of Tokyo granted me my Ph.D. (the first Ph.D. in the Department of Social Psychology).
    Previously I held positions and served as faculty member at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1980~82), Keio University (1987~88), International Christian 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 on 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), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel, 2009~10), the University of Queensland (Australia, 2015~2016), and Leipzig University (German, 2016).

Academic Activities

   I am the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters in the fields of political psychology/behavior, communication studies, and Japanese politics. My work has appeared in more than 90 publications in English, Japanese, German, Spanish, Russian, and Romanian, in such journals as Political Psychology, Political Communication and Persuasion, Comparative Political Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Language & Dialogue, Shimbungaku Hyoron, and Ribayasan; and in edited books 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); Grounding Social Sciences in Cognitive Sciences (edited by R. Sun, published by MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2012 [pp. 331-357] (with P. Bull); Culture and Political Psychology: A Societal Perspective (edited by T. Magioglou, published by Information Age Publishing, Advances in Cultural Psychology, Charlotte, NC, USA, Vol. 7., 2014 [pp. 149-169]; and Japan's Multilayered Democracy (edited by S. Ben-Rafael Galanti, N. Otmazgin, & A. Levkowitz, published by Lextington, Lanham, MD, 2015 [pp. 175-196].
    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, the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), and the Asian Network for Public Opinion Research (ANPOR). 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).
     I serve as a Vice-Chair/President of the Political Psychology Research Committee (RC29) within the International Political Science Association (tenure 2016-2018) (served as Chair during 2000~2006, 2012~2016, and Vice-Chair during 2009~2012). I also serve (& served) on various committees of international academic societies (ISPP, IPSA); on editorial boards of several academic journals; as manuscripts referee for numerous journals; and as external referee for universities (matters of promotion and tenure) and publishing house (referee of books).
    Currently I am the co-Editor-in-Chief of a book series entitled Political Psychology: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, Germany

 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


  1. Political Psychology in Japan: Behind the Nails that Sometimes Stick Out (and Get Hammered Down) (Nova Science Publication, 1999)

      and the co-editor of five books entitled,

  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);
  4. Political Leadership for the New Century: Personality and Behavior Among American Leaders (Praeger, 2002; With Linda O. Valenty);
  5. Politische Psychologie: Handbuch für Studium und Wissenschaft [PoliticalPsychology: Handbook for Study and Science] (Nomos, 2015; with S. Zmerli).
Information about these works can be found in http://www.directtextbook.com/search/ofer+feldman
Honors, Awards, Scholarships, and Grants Received
    I am the 1993 Recipient of the Erik H. Erikson Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Political Psychology, from the International Society of Political Psychology. Other honors, awards, and grants received from the Japanese Government (Mombusho: Ministry of Education), 1982-87, 1990-2003; Japan Foundation (Kokusai Koryu Kikin), 1989,1993; Matsushita International Foundation (Matsushita Kokusai Zaidan), 1993-1994; Nomura Foundation (Gakujutsu Shinko Nomura Kikin), 1994; Kikkoman Foundation (Kikkomann Kikin), 1996; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Nihon Gakujutsu Shinkokai), 1999-2001; 2008-2010; 2012-2015; Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Fellowship (Daiwa Nichiei Kikin), 1999; Fulbright Research Grant Fellowship, 2001-2002; Mershon Center, Ohio State University, 2001-2002; Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Psychology & the Warsaw School of Social Psychology, Poland, 2006; El Colegio de Veracruz, Mexico, 2007; Lund University, Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies, 2008; El Colegio Mexiquense, A.C. Mexico, 2008; Lady Davis Fellowship (Hebrew Univeristy of Jeruslem), 2009-2010; Louis Frieberg Fellowship, 2010; and Mercator Visiting Professorships (The DFG: German Research Foundation), 2010.

Current Research Interests
    My current research projects focus on two topics:
        (1) The relationship between politicians (or candidates for political office) and their audiences.
        (2) The communicative patterns and responsiveness of national (and local) level politicians in Japan throughout broadcast talk shows.
             That is, on how Japanese politicians cope with the questions posed to them during televised political interviews.
    Details on these project were presented during recent (2009~2016) annual meetings of the International Society of Political Psychology, the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), and the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and in selected journals, as follows:
       Feldman, O., Kinoshita, K., & Bull, P. “Culture or Communicative Conflict? The Analysis of Equivocation in Broadcast Japanese Political Interviews.” Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 2015, 34 (1), pp. 65-89.
       Feldman, O., “Televised Political interviews: A Paradigm for Analysis.” Asian Journal for Public Opinion Research, 2016, 3(2), pp. 63-82.
       Feldman, O., Kinoshita, K., & Bull, P. “’Ducking and Diving:’ How Political Issues Affect Equivocation in Japanese Political Interviews.” Japanese Journal of Political Science, 2016, 17(2), pp. 141-167.
       Feldman, O., Kinoshita, K., & Bull, P. “Failures in Leadership: How and Why Wishy-Washy Politicians Equivocate on Japanese Political Interviews.” Journal of Language and Politics, 2017.
       Feldman, O., & Kinoshita, K., “Do Important Questions Demand Respectful Replies? Analyzing Televised Political Interviews in Japan.” Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 2017.