Early Life and Educational Background
Allan Fenigstein was born on June 30, 1947, in Frankfurt, Germany. He and his Holocaust-surviving parents immigrated to Brooklyn, NY, in July, 1949. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1969 at Brooklyn College of the CUNY and earned his Ph.D. in Personality/Social Psychology at the University of Texas-Austin in 1974 under the tutelage of Arnold Buss. His Ph.D. thesis involved the development of the Self-Consciousness Scale as a measure of relatively stable individual differences in private and public self-consciousness.
He began his professional career in 1974 as an assistant professor of psychology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was tenured in 1980 and became full professor in 1989. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, the Pacific Medical Center, the University of Miami in Florida, the University of Kent at Canterbury, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the...