Marshall Field IV Professor
Department of Psychology and the College
Shigehiro Oishi’s research focuses on culture, social ecology, and well-being. His lab is particularly interested in asking questions surrounding the concept of well-being (e.g., “What is a good life?”), its predictors and consequences, and how these might differ across cultures. Additionally, his research explores socio-ecological conditions that are detrimental or conducive to well-being, such as income inequality, residential mobility, and walkability.
He was honored with the Society of Experimental Social Psychology Career Trajectory Award; the Carol and Ed Diener Award and the Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology; and the Outstanding Achievement Award for Advancing Cultural Psychology. He has written over 200 papers and book chapters, as well as two books, and edited two books. His work has appeared in popular media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Telegraph (UK), U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Le Monde, and The Atlantic.
Oishi received a BA in psychology at International Christian University in Tokyo; a master of education degree in counseling psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University; and MA and PhD degrees in social-personality psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota, Columbia University, and the University of Virginia.