Department of Psychology

Dr. Neil J. Kressel

Dr. Neil J. Kressel

Office:   Science East 2039
Phone:   973-720-3389
Email:   kresseln@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   MW 11:00am-12:15pm and by appointment

Department: Psychology
Position: Full Professor, Director of Honors Program in the Social Sciences
URL: http://www.aboutextremism.com

Area / Specialization:
Psychology of Religion, Political Psychology, Psychology of International Conflict, Prejudice and Race Relations, Antisemitism, Genocide, Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Psychology of Social issues, Psychology of Personality, Psychology and History, Modern History.

Strong interest in journalism.  Strong interest in political and methodological biases in social research.

Professional Background:
Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University (2008-2009).  Taught at Harvard, New York University, Stevens Institute, and elsewhere.  Trained in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy by Albert Ellis.  Member, Editorial Board, Political Psychology and Member, Editorial Board, Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism.  Media Appearances:  National Public Radio, Voice of America, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC-TV, History Channel, News12-NJ, and others.

Education/Licensing: 

  • Ph.D. (Social Psychology) Harvard University
  • M.A. (Psychology and Social Relations) Harvard University
  • M.A. (Comparative History) Brandeis University
  • B.A. (History) Brandeis University (Magna cum Laude with Highest Honors in History)
  • New York State Psychology License

Research Projects:  religious extremism, radicalization, antisemitism, psychology of religion

Publications:  Many journal articles, book reviews, newspaper columns, and conference presentations. See web site – www.aboutextremism.com.


Major Book publications:

  • Bad Faith:  The Danger of Religious Extremism  (Prometheus Books, 2007)
  • Stack and Sway:  The New Science of Jury Consulting (Westview Press, 2002; 2004 – Basic Books) – coauthored with Dorit F. Kressel
  • Mass Hate:   The Global Rise of Genocide and Terror  (Plenum Press, 1996; rev. ed., Westview Press, 2002 – Basic Books)
  • Political Psychology  (Paragon House, 1993)
Many journal articles, book reviews, newspaper columns, and conference presentations.