William Kelly

Retired Lecturer

Contact Information

Office  2320 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-267-4579
I specialize in intercultural communication with an emphasis on the ability to communicate with those who are members of groups different from one’s own.

Since I lived in Japan for 19 years, my research originally dealt with U.S.-Japan relations.  In recent years, I have examined the history and culture of China and of Islamic nations  as well as their attitudes toward modernity and the West.  I have also studied the philosophy of nonviolence as a means of dealing with intractable conflicts.  An even more recent interest of mine has been terror management theory, a political psychology approach to intergroup communication that provides a broad perspective for understanding negative perceptions of those who are different.  In addition, I have investigated mindfulness as an important means of going beyond narrow and stereotypical perceptions of others.

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Ph.D., Communication, University of New Mexico

Ph.D., Program in Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley

M.A., Philosophy, New York University

B.A., Philosophy, New York University


Kelly, W., Masumoto, T., Gibson, D. (2002). Kisha kurabu and koho: Japanese media relations and public relations. Public Relations Review, 28, 265-281.

Kelly, W. Applying a critical metatheoretical approach to intercultural relations: The case of U.S.-Japanese communication. In Asante, M., et al., The Global Intercultural Communication Reader. Routledge, 2008.

Fields of Study

Intercultural Communication, Intercivilizational Dialogue, Philosophy of Nonviolence, Communication Theory, Interpersonal Communication