Dr Eran Amsalem

Dr Eran
Head, M.A. Program
Head, Political Communication MA Program
office hours: Tuesday 12:00-13:00. by appointment only

Eran Amsalem is a Lecturer (U.S. Assistant Professor) in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

His research focuses on the media coverage of politics and the way mass and interpersonal communications shape political attitudes. He is also interested in the communication, decision making, and personality traits of political elites. Eran’s studies use a variety of quantitative methods, including experiments, elite and general population surveys, meta-analyses, and computational text analyses.

Eran received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Antwerp (a joint degree) in June 2019. Between September 2018 and December 2019, he was a Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford’s Department of Political Science.

When not doing research, he likes running long distances outdoors, listening to 40s and 50s blues and folk music, and playing chess.



Research Interests

  • Political Communication
  • Media Effects
  • Political Elites
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Psychology


Selected Publications

  • Amsalem, E., Merkley, E., & Loewen, P. J. (2021). Does Talking to the Other Side Reduce Inter-Party Hostility? Evidence from Three Studies. Advance online publication, Political Communication. doi:10.1080/10584609.2021.1955056

  • Amsalem, E. & Nir, L. (2021). Does Interpersonal Discussion Increase Political Knowledge? A MetaAnalysis. Communication Research, 48(5), 619–641. doi:10.1177/0093650219866357

  • Amsalem, E., Fogel-Dror, Y., Shenhav, S. R., & Sheafer, T. (2020). Fine-Grained Analysis of Diversity Levels in the News. Communication Methods and Measures, 14(4), 266-284. doi:10.1080/19312458.2020.1825659

  • Amsalem,  E.,  &  Zoizner,  A.  (2020).   Real,  but  Limited:   A  Meta-Analytic  Assessment  of  Framing Effects  in  the  Political  Domain.   Advance  online  publication, British Journal of Political Science. doi:10.1017/S00071234200002531

  • Amsalem, E., Zoizner, A., Sheafer, T., Walgrave, S., & Loewen, P. J. (2020).  The Effect of Politicians’ Personality on Their Media Visibility. Communication Research, 47(7), 1079-1102. doi:10.1177/0093650218758084

  • Amsalem, E. (2019). How Informative and Persuasive Is Simple Elite Communication? Effects on Like-Minded and Polarized Audiences. Public Opinion Quarterly, 83(1), 1-25. doi:10.1093/poq/nfz001

  • Amsalem, E., Sheafer, T., Walgrave, S., Loewen, P. J., & Soroka, S. N. (2017). Media Motivation and Elite Rhetoric in Comparative Perspective. Political Communication, 34(3), 385-403. doi:10.1080/10584609.2016.1266065.


Awards and Prizes

  • 2021-2025 Israel Science Foundation. Personal Research Grant, The Democratic Consequences of Extreme Political Rhetoric.

  • 2021 Israel Science Foundation. Equipment for New Faculty Grant, the Experimental Political Communication Lab.

  • 2020-2021 The Levi Eshkol Institute for Social, Economic and Political Research in Israel research grant. Project: The Democratic Consequences of Extreme Political Rhetoric

  • 2019 Best Article Award – Political Communication Division, the International Communication Association (ICA). Paper: Does Interpersonal Discussion Increase Political Knowledge? A Meta-Analysis

  • 2016-2019 The President's Program Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral Students 

  • 2018 Wolf Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Ph.D. Students

  • 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013 Honored for excellence in teaching, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem