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MELLET, Xavier
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Faculty of International Research and Education, School of International Liberal Studies
Job title
Associate Professor(non-tenure-track)
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  • 2005.09

    SciencesPo Paris   Research in Comparative Politics (Asia)  


  • SciencesPo Paris   PhD in political science

Research Experience

  • 2020.09

    Waseda University   School of International Liberal Studies   Associate Professor

  • 2017.09

    Waseda University, School of International Liberal Studies (SILS)   Assistant Professor

  • 2010.09

    SciencesPo Paris, Center of international research (Centre de recherches internationales, CERI)   PhD candidate & lecturer


Research Areas

  • Area studies   French domestic politics

  • Politics   Populism studies

  • Politics   Election campaigning

  • Area studies   Japanese domestic politics

Research Interests

  • european politics

  • comparative politics

  • Political science

  • French politics

  • Japanese politics

  • Election campaigning

  • Populism

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  • “The ‘Bayrou moment’ as a mediatic bubble during the 2007 presidential election” (in French: “Le ‘moment Bayrou’ comme bulle médiatique lors de l’élection présidentielle de 2007”)

    MELLET, Xavier

    Mots. Les langages du politique   3 ( 121 )  2019.11  [Refereed]

  • “Youth and Politics in Japan” (in French : “Jeunes et politique au Japon”)

    MELLET, Xavier

    Etudes. Revue de culture contemporaine    2019.11

  • “Abe Shinzō, Prime minister of a sick democracy” (in French: “Shinzō Abe, Premier ministre d’une démocratie malade”)

    MELLET, Xavier

      ( 198 )  2018.01

  • The mediatic composition of populisms. A Japan-France comparison (in French: La composition médiatique des populismes. Une comparaison France-Japon).

    MELLET, Xavier

    SciencesPo Paris    2016.12

Books and Other Publications

  • “Global Citizenship Education in Japanese Higher Education: from French political training to a plurilingual and multicultural approach to social justice in a CLIL setting”, with DETEY Sylvain, in WIKSTEN Susan (ed.), Centering Global Citizenship Education in the Public Sphere. International Enactments of GCED for Social Justice and Common Good

    ( Part: Contributor)

    Routledge  2021

  • “Insularity and universalism in Japanese politics” (in French: “Insularité et universalisme politique japonais”), with GRIVAUD Arnaud, in DELAMOTTE Guibourg (ed.), Japan in the world (Le Japon dans le monde)

    MELLET, Xavier( Part: Contributor)

    CNRS Editions  2019.10

  • “Abe Shinzō, the new strong man of Japan. Political stabilization and ambiguous populism in Japanese politics since 2012” (in French: “Abe Shinzō, nouvel homme fort du Japon. Stabilisation politique et populisme ambigu depuis 2012”), in JAFFRELOT Christop

    MELLET, Xavier( Part: Contributor)

    Presses de SciencesPo  2019.09

  • “The relationship between religion and nationalism in Japan, in the context of a potential constitutional amendment concerning military forces” (in French: “Le rapport entre religion et nationalisme dans le contexte de l’amendement possible de la Constitu

    MELLET, Xavier( Part: Sole author)

    International observatory of religious phenomena (Observatoire international du religieux),  2018.02

  • Asian Yearbook 2015-2016 (in French: Annuaire Asie 2015-2016)

    MELLET, Xavier( Part: Contributor)

    La documentation française  2016.05

  • Asian Yearbook 2014-2015 (in French: Annuaire Asie 2014-2015)

    MELLET, Xavier( Part: Contributor)

    La documentation française  2015.04

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Research Projects

  • Research Fellowship

    Canon Foundation in Europe 

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    MELLET, Xavier


  • “Thinking about the links between democracy and populism thanks to contemporary France and Japan” (in French: “Penser les liens entre démocratie et populisme à partir de la France et du Japon contemporains”; and Japanese “現代フランスと日本の事例からポピュリズムと民主主義の関係を考える”)

    Round-table “Populism in France and Japan” (“Le Populisme en France et au Japon”; “フランスと日本におけるポピュリズム”), Waseda Organization for Regional and Inter-regional Studies 

    Presentation date: 2021.06

  • “GCE in Japanese Higher Education: A plurilingual and multicultural approach in a CLIL setting” (with Sylvain Detey), in the panel “Centering Global Citizenship Education in the public sphere”

    65th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, “Social Responsibility within Changing Contexts” 

    Presentation date: 2021.04

  • “The mask as a political quasi-object in the Covid-19 epidemics. A qualitative analysis on French news media controversies” (In French : Le masque comme quasi-objet politique face au Covid-19. Une analyse qualitative des controverses dans la presse française), in the panel “Wearing mask in times of Covid-19” (in French : Le port du masque en période de COVID-19)

    POSOC seminar 

    Presentation date: 2021.03

  • Populism and political distrust since the 1990s (in French: Populisme et défiance politique depuis les années 1990)

    メレ グザヴィエ  [Invited]

    Society, politics and economy of contemporary Japan (in French: Société, politique et économie dans le Japon contemporain) 

    Presentation date: 2020.02

  • Invective communication in contemporary French politics: the populist reason in time of distrust

    メレ グザヴィエ

    Insults, Hate Speech, and Denigration 

    Presentation date: 2020.02

  • Comparative analysis of CLIL courses in a plurilingual and multicultural environment. Lessons from the APM programme

    MELLET, Xavier

    Methods and Roles of Plurilingual and Multicultural Education, School of International Liberal Studies (Waseda University) 

    Presentation date: 2019.11

  • Populism and Negative Messages in French Politics Since 2017: How to Take Advantage of Political Distrust

    メレ グザヴィエ

    Workshop at Waseda University on “Invectivity: A New Paradigm in Cultural Studies?” 

    Presentation date: 2019.04

  • Abe Shinzō, the new strong man of Japan. Political stabilization and ambiguous populism in Japanese politics since 2012” (in French: Abe Shinzō, nouvel homme fort du Japon. Stabilisation politique et populisme ambigu depuis 2012)

    メレ グザヴィエ

    Symposium of the SciencesPo Paris research group on “new demagogues” 

    Presentation date: 2018.11

  • Teaching methods and academic personality, from SciencesPo Paris to Waseda SILS

    MELLET, Xavier

    APM Symposium “International identities, plurilinguism and comparatism in higher education: an interdisciplinary perspective”, School of International Liberal Studies (Waseda University) 

    Presentation date: 2018.06

  • Nationalism and communication style in France and Japan

    MELLET, Xavier

    EU-Japan Forum (Free University of Brussels) 

    Presentation date: 2018.03

  • Populism and the Crisis of Democracy in France and Japan

    MELLET, Xavier

    Maison franco-japonaise, Lunch Seminar, Tōkyō 

    Presentation date: 2018.02

  • Populism against populism: Emmanuel Macron’s centrist victory in the 2017 French Presidential election

    MELLET, Xavier

    Waseda University international conference, “West-European politics in 2017” 

    Presentation date: 2018.01

  • “Role and efficiency of political communication under the second Abe government: lessons from the Koizumi moment” (in French: “Rôle et efficacité de la communication politique sous le second mandat d'Abe Shinzō : les leçons du moment Koizumi”)

    MELLET, Xavier

    ”), 6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference (Paris) 

    Presentation date: 2017.06

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Specific Research

  • The composition of populist leaders and ideas during election campaigns: a Japan-France comparison


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    This research project aims at thinking about the relationshipbetween the new prevalence of mass media and the rise of contemporary populism,by analyzing how Ernesto Laclau's "populist reason" (Laclau, 2006) takes formwithin mass-media content during national election campaign periods, in contemporaryFrance and Japan. This research aims at extending a research conducted a fewyears ago, for a PhD dissertation presented at SciencesPo Paris (CERI) in 2016,entitled "the mediatic composition of populisms: a Japan-France comparison (inFrench: "la composition mediatique des populismes: une comparaison France-Japon").The research project outcome consists, at this time, in two publicationsand one presentation in an academic seminar. First, an analysis of the Frenchpolitician Nicolas Sarkozy’s discursive populism, focusing on how his conceptof "May 68" has implemented a "populist reason" during the 2007 presidentialelection campaign (to be published in 2020 in the French journal Quaderni). Second, an analysis on howpolitical distrust among young people can be connected to the Japanese style ofpopulism (published in the French journal Etudesin November 2019). Third, an oral presentation entitled "Populism and distrustin contemporary Japanese politics" on February 6th 2020 in ParisUniversity, in an academic seminar on Japanese studies.



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Teaching Experience

  • Japanese Politics and Society

    Rennes Institute of Management (France)  

  • Introduction to Japanese Politics

    SciencesPo Paris  

  • Introduction to Political Science

    SciencesPo Paris  

  • Populism and the Crisis of Democracy

    Waseda University - SILS  

  • Political Science: A French Perspective

    Waseda University - SILS  

  • Populism in France and Japan

    Waseda University - SILS  

  • Understanding French Politics

    Waseda University - SILS  

  • Introduction to French Studies

    Waseda University - SILS  

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