Prof. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik

Head, Internet and New Media MA Program
Office hours: Wednesday 12:15-13:15. by appointment only.

Neta Kligler-Vilenchik is Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her work focuses on civic and political participation and expression in the context of the changing media environment, particularly among young people. Neta has published work in leading communication journals, including the Journal of CommunicationNew Media & SocietyInformation, Communication & Society, International Journal of CommunicationSocial Media + SocietyComputers in Human Behavior, and others. She is a co-author of the book By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism published by NYU Press in 2016. Neta received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.


Research Interests

  • Political expression
  • Political participation
  • Youth
  • Social media
  • Popular culture
  • Journalism & new media


Selected Publications

  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2015). From wizards and house-elves to real-world issues: Political talk in fan spaces. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2027-2046.
  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2021). Friendship and politics don’t mix? The role of sociability for online political talk. Information, Communication & Society, 24(1), 118-133.
  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N., de-Vries, M., Maier, D., & Stoltenberg, D. (2020). Mobilization vs. Demobilization Processes as Reflected on Social Media: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of the 2018 Municipal Elections in Jerusalem. Political Communication, 1-20.
  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Baden, C., & Yarchi, M. (2020). Interpretative Polarization across platforms: How political disagreement develops over time on Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. Social Media + Society, 6(3).
  • Yarchi, M., Baden, C., & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2020). Political Polarization on the Digital Sphere: A cross-platform, over-time analysis of interactional, positional, and affective polarization on social media. Political Communication, 1-42.
  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Stoltenberg, D., de-Vries, M., Gur-Zeev, H., Waldherr, A., & Pfetsch, B. (2020). Tweeting in the time of Coronavirus: How social media use and academic research evolve during times of global uncertainty. Social Media + Society, 6(3).
  • Tenenboim, O., & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2020). Meso news-spaces: News engagement between the public andprivate domains. Digital Journalism, 8(5), 576-585.
  • Mitchelstein, E., Boczkowski, P.J.  Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K., Hayashi, K.  Villi, M.  & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2020). Incidentality on a continuum: A comparative conceptualization of incidental news consumption. Journalism, 21(8), 1136-1153.
  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N. & Tenenboim, O. (2020). Sustained journalist-audience reciprocity in a meso news-space: The case of a journalistic WhatsApp group. New Media & Society, 2(2), 264-282.
  • Literat, I. & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2019). Youth collective political expression on social media: The role of affordances and memetic dimensions for voicing political views. New Media & Society.
  • Literat, I. & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2018). Youth Online Political Expression in Non-Political Spaces: Implications for Civic Education. Learning, Media & Technology, 1-18.
  • Literat, I.  Kligler-Vilenchik, N.  Brough, M., & Blum-Ross, A. (2018). Analyzing youth digital participation: Aims, actors, contexts and intensities. The Information Society34(4), 261-273.
  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N. & Literat, I. (2018). Distributed creativity as political expression: Youth responses to the 2016 U.S. presidential election in online affinity networks. Journal of Communication, 68(1), 75-97.
  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2017). Alternative citizenship models: Contextualizing new media and the new ‘good citizen.’ New Media & Society, 19(11), 1887-1903.
  • De Vries, M.  Kligler-Vilenchik, N.  Alyan, E., Ma’oz, M.  & Maoz, I. (2017). Digital contestation in protracted conflict: The online struggle over al-Aqsa Mosque. Communication Review, 20(3), 189-211.
  • Mor, Y., Kligler-Vilenchik, N. & Maoz, I. (2015). Political expression on Facebook in a context of conflict: Dilemmas and coping strategies of Jewish-Israeli youth. Social Media + Society, 1(2), 1-10.
  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N. & Thorson, K. (2016). Good citizenship as a frame contest: Kony2012, memes, and critiques of the networked citizen. New Media & Society, 18(9), 1993-2011.



Awards and Prizes

  • Listed in Israeli Globes Magazine’s 40 under 40 list (2019)
  • Top paper award for the Participatory Journalism Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) (2018)
  • Outstanding lecturer award, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2018, 2020)
  • Top paper award for the Cultural and Critical Studies Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) (2013)