Joel Federman



Joel Federman

Program Director/Department Chair

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Saybrook University
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Joel Federman, Ph.D., is a writer, teacher, and activist. He is Chair of the Transformative Social Change Department at Saybrook University. He has a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Southern California, and currently lives in San Francisco.

Dr. Federman's teaching and writing focuses on helping people to reenvision their individual and collective potential, to see themselves shaping a better world. He is particularly interested in global-level social change, especially the development of global civil society efforts aimed at realizing values such as universal compassion, social justice and peace. He is writing a book on those themes, to be titled The Politics of Universal Compassion. He also does research and writing in the related areas of violence prevention, media violence, diversity education, and cross-cultural conflict resolution. He is also interested in exploring ways that new communication technologies can be used in the service of transformative social change.

During the Spring 2019 semester, Dr. Federman is teaching TSC 6510 Theory and Practice of Nonviolence, and is a member and/or chair of several dissertation, thesis and essay committees.

Dr. Federman is currently working on a case study of civil society activism toward democratic reform in Egypt. To further this research, he traveled to Egypt in August 2011, and met with democracy activists and others.

A former Co-Director of the Center for Communication and Social Policy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Federman was project director for the National Television Violence Study. For that three-year effort (1995-98), he coordinated a team of more than 200 individuals at four major research universities -- the Universities of California, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin -- to produce the most comprehensive study of television violence to date.

Dr. Federman was also project director and co-author of the Choices and Consequences Evaluation, a study of a middle school violence prevention curriculum developed by CourtTV, the National Middle School Association, and Time Warner Cable. In 1998, he initiated the Center's Civility Clearinghouse, a web-based resource for information regarding the topic of civility. He is the author of Empowering Diversity, a curriculum for middle school students commissioned by the Santa Barbara, California Board of Education.

Dr. Federman has led numerous cross-cultural conflict resolution workshops, including a year-long Palestinian-Jewish dialogue at the University of Southern California. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, a national consortium of university-based peace and conflict studies programs.

His writing has been published in Common Dreams; the Los Angeles Times; the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information; Tikkun Magazine; the Yearbook of the UNESCO International Clearinghouse on Children and Violence on the Screen; Alternet; Campaigns and Elections; and Humanities in Society.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Transformative Social Change Global Civil Society
Human Rights
Prefigurative Politics
Social Impact Media
Social Justice
Social Theory
Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ph.D. University of Southern California, Los Angeles 1999
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