Komisarof, Adam



Faculty of Letters (Hiyoshi)



Career 【 Display / hide

  • 2000.04

    Shobi University, Department of Policy Management, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

  • 2006.04

    Reitaku University, Department of Economic Studies & Business Administration, Associate Professor, Professor

  • 2012.04

    University of Oxford, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Visiting Academic

  • 2016.04

    Keio University, Faculty of Letters, Professor

Academic Background 【 Display / hide

  • 1986.09

    Brown University, Educational Studies

    USA, University, Graduated

  • 1996.04

    Antioch University, Master's Program in Intercultural Relations

    USA, Graduate School, Graduated, Master's course

  • 1998.04

    Keio University, Center for Japanese Studies Japanese Language Program (Advanced Program completed)

    University, Completed, Other

  • 2004.09

    International Christian University, Department of Public Administration

    Japan, Graduate School, Graduated, Doctoral course

Academic Degrees 【 Display / hide

  • Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies, Brown University, 1990.05

  • Master's Degree in Intercultural Relations, Antioch University, 1998.12

  • PhD in Public Administration, International Christian University, Dissertation, 2008.03

Licenses and Qualifications 【 Display / hide

  • Washington State Japanese Teaching License, 1995.09

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1, 2003.12


Research Areas 【 Display / hide

  • Cultural anthropology

  • Social psychology

Research Keywords 【 Display / hide

  • Acculturation

  • Intercultural Communication

Research Themes 【 Display / hide

  • Intercultural Communication, 


  • Acculturation, 



Books 【 Display / hide

  • Weaving intercultural work, life, and scholarship in globalizing universities

    KOMISAROF M Adam, Routledge, 2016

    Scope: Sole author pages 23-38, and co-author with Zhu Hua pages 1-20 and 174-199

  • At home abroad: The contemporary Western experience in Japan

    KOMISAROF M Adam, Reitaku University Press, 2012

  • On the front lines of forging a global society: Japanese and American coworkers in Japan

    KOMISAROF M Adam, Reitaku University Press, 2011

  • Communication Success

    KOMISAROF M Adam, Nan’Un Do, 2004

Papers 【 Display / hide

  • The Exigent Case for Belonging: Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Actualization

    Adam Komisarof

    International Journal of Intercultural Relations (Elsevier)  83   A1 - A10 2021.07

    Research paper (scientific journal), Accepted

  • Re-Examining Intercultural Research and Relations in the COVID Pandemic

    Steve J. Kulich, Adam Komisarof, L. Ripley Smith, & Ken Cushner

    International Journal of Intercultural Relations (Elsevier)  80 ( January, 2021 )  2021.01

    Research paper (scientific journal), Joint Work, Accepted

  • A new framework of workplace belonging: Instrument validation and testing relationships to crucial acculturation outcomes

    Komisarof A.

    Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (Journal of International and Intercultural Communication)   2021

    ISSN  17513057

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    Contemporary global migrant flows challenge national ingroup boundaries, leading to demands for greater inclusivity of those migrants in receiving societies worldwide. Utilizing the specific case of Japanese and foreigners in Japan, this study aimed to validate Komisarof's framework of workplace belonging. The framework refines understanding of how perceptions of belonging–particularly the degrees to which people see themselves accepted as members of another group’s cultural-linguistic community and as core members of their shared work organization–impact quality and effectiveness of intercultural work relations for both migrants and members of the host society. Instruments measuring both dimensions of belonging were validated first through a review of potential items by a panel of experts, followed by an exploratory factor analysis of retained items with a sample of 228 respondents (116 Japanese and 112 non-Japanese representing 24 nationalities). Relationships between four permutations of belonging, termed ontological interpretive spaces (“OIS”), and four outcome variables (job effectiveness, flourishing, organizational commitment, and intercultural competence) were hypothesized and tested. Significant effects of OIS were found for job effectiveness, flourishing, and organizational commitment, providing evidence of belonging’s effects on these crucial acculturation outcomes in intercultural work contexts.

  • Influence of Societal Context on Social Markers of Acceptance: A Comparison Across 5 Cultures

    Adam Komisarof, Chan-Hoong Leong (first author), J. Dandy, K. Hanke, I. Jasinskaja-Lahti, S. Safdar, & E. Teng

    International Journal of Intercultural Relations (Elsevier)  78 ( September, 2020 )  2020.09

    Research paper (scientific journal), Joint Work, Accepted

  • Viewing intercultural adaptation and social inclusion through constructs of national identity: An introduction

    Adam Komisarof & Chan-Hoong Leong

    International Journal of Intercultural Relations (Elsevier)  78 ( September, 2020 )  2020.09

    Research paper (scientific journal), Joint Work, Accepted

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Reviews, Commentaries, etc. 【 Display / hide

  • The exigent case for belonging: Conceptualization, operationalization, and actualization

    Komisarof A.

    International Journal of Intercultural Relations (International Journal of Intercultural Relations)  83   A1 - A10 2021.07

    ISSN  01471767

  • Re-examining intercultural research and relations in the COVID pandemic

    Kulich S.J., Komisarof A., Smith L.R., Cushner K.

    International Journal of Intercultural Relations (International Journal of Intercultural Relations)  80   A1 - A6 2021.01

    ISSN  01471767

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    The authors provide an urgent call for cross- and intercultural scholars to re-examine many of the related themes and classic or contemporary study areas of “intercultural communication” and “intercultural relations” in light of the impacts that the novel coronal (COVID-19) pandemic is having on human interaction both across and within our social-cultural contexts. As scholars focusing on intercultural communications/relations, education, management, psychology, and social issues, the global COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a range of intercultural problems or issues that need to be researched to better understand related aspects of human suffering, social disruption, and economic inequalities. New research projects/papers need to address how these impact key intercultural theme/topic areas like cultural attributions/expectations, values/beliefs, identities, perceptions/stereotypes/prejudice, language/speech codes, cultural systems/patterns, acculturation/adaptation, intercultural effectiveness/sensitivity/competence, and conflict (Kulich et al., 2020, Table 3.7). Some research areas and applications potentially affected by COVID are highlighted, including our sense of national/international identity and cooperation, our mediated or actual social networks, our ways of framing or carrying out intercultural or cross-cultural cooperation, new issues emerging in inter-group contact, how we apply cross-cultural taxonomies or dimensions to analyze data, and how these ultimately affect our relationships with each other across all levels of culture (from dyads, to groups, sub- or co-cultures) or express and affirm interculturality at such times. Each area is highlighted by calls for specific types of intercultural research to address these challenges and opportunities.

  • Viewing intercultural adaptation and social inclusion through constructs of national identity: An introduction

    Komisarof A., Leong C.H.

    International Journal of Intercultural Relations (International Journal of Intercultural Relations)  78   1 - 9 2020.09

    ISSN  01471767

Presentations 【 Display / hide

  • Social Markers of Acceptance: Deciding Who Is Japanese and How Criteria Change with Context

    Adam Komisarof

    SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research) Japan Annual Conference (Tokyo) , 2021.11, Oral Presentation(general), SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research) Japan

  • Belonging: Definitions, Research Conceptualizations, and Applications

    Adam Komisarof

    Constructing an Intercultural Future Now (Milan, Italy (online)) , 2021.09, Public discourse, seminar, tutorial, course, lecture and others, Intercultural Development Research Institute

  • Changing Constructions of Japanese Identity: Social Markers of Acceptance & Social Identity Theory

    Adam Komisarof

    International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology 25th International Congress (Czech Republic) , 2021.07, Oral Presentation(general), International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • New President's Address

    Adam Komisarof

    International Academy for Intercultural Research International Webinar Conference (Online) , 2021.07, Oral Presentation(guest/special), International Academy for Intercultural Research

  • Social Markers of Acceptance and Migrant Inclusion in Japan

    Adam Komisarof

    International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion in Europe 2021 Spring Conference (University of Oxford, UK) , 2021.03, Oral Presentation(general), IMISCOE

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Research Projects of Competitive Funds, etc. 【 Display / hide

  • Building a Society More Inclusive of Migrants Through University Education


    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Kakenhi, Adam Komisarof

  • Study Abroad Students' Identification Practices, Motivations, and Learning Evaluations: Examining Heterogeneity and Fluidity


    Japanese Government, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Professor Gregory Poole, Doshisha University, Research grant

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    I am serving as a member of the research team executing this project, or in Japanese, as a 連携研究者.

Awards 【 Display / hide

  • Reitaku University Excellence in Teaching Award (co-recipient)

    2015.09, Reitaku University

  • Reitaku University Excellence in Research Award

    2012.09, Reitaku University

    Type of Award: Other Awards

  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship

    1998.04, Rotary Foundation

    Type of Award: Awards of Publisher, Newspaper Company and Foundation


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Courses Previously Taught 【 Display / hide

  • Intensive English

    Keio University, 2016, Full academic year, Within own faculty

  • Advanced High English

    Keio University, 2016, Full academic year

  • Advanced English

    Keio University, 2016, Full academic year, Within own faculty

  • Academic Skills

    Keio University, 2016, Full academic year


Memberships in Academic Societies 【 Display / hide

  • SIETAR Japan

  • International Academy for Intercultural Research

  • International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology


Committee Experiences 【 Display / hide

  • 2008.09

    President (2021-present), President-Elect (2019-2021), Fellow & Board member (2013-present), Outstanding Book Award Committee (2013-15), Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee (2015-17), Scientific Committee (2016-17, 2018-19, 2021-22), Fellows Day Organizer (2017, 2019, 2022), International Academy for Intercultural Research

  • 1998.09

    Member of Board of Directors (July, 2002-July, 2004), Assistant Editor, Journal of International Education (July, 2002-July, 2004), Editorial Board for Journal of International Education (July, 2000-June, 2002), Japanese International Education Society

  • 1998.04

    SIETAR Japan Journal Committee, assistant editor for Journal of Intercultural Communication (2014-2016), SIETAR Japan Conference Steering Committee (for conferences held in 2006 & 2009), SIETAR Japan (Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research)