Prof. Ifat Maoz

Prof. Ifat
Head, Doctoral Program, Advisor for MA thesis writers
Office hours: Tuesday 16:00-17:00. by appointment only.

Ifat Maoz is a full professor at the Hebrew University, Director of the Lafer Center for Gender and Women Studies and of the M.A Program for Gender and Diversity Studies and Head of the Swiss Center and M.A. and Doctoral Program for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution.  She is also a member of the Hebrew University Board of Governors.

Prof. Maoz studies psychological, media and gender aspects of conflict, conflict resolution and intergroup relations as well as the role of ethnopolitical and gender identities, identity constructions, narratives, power relations and dialogue in ethnonational conflicts with more than 90 publications on these topics including many articles in leading academic journals.


Research Interests

  • Psychological, media and gender aspects of conflict
  • Conflict resolution and intergroup relations
  • The role of ethnopolitical and gender identities
  • Identity constructions, narratives, power relations and dialogue in ethnonational conflicts


Selected Publications

  • Maoz, I. (2012). The Face of the Enemy: The Effect of Press-reported Visual Information Regarding the Facial Features of Opponent politicians on Support for Peace. Political Communication
  • Maoz, I. (2012). The dangers of prejudice reduction interventions: Empirical evidence from encounters between Jews and Arabs in Israel. Invited commentary on Dixon et al's article: "Beyond prejudice: Are negative evaluations the problem? Is getting us to like one another more the solution?". Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • David, Y., & Maoz, I. (2015). Gender perceptions and support for compromise in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21(2), 295-29
  • de Vries, M., Simry, A., & Maoz, I. (2015). Like a bridge over troubled water: Using Facebook to mobilize solidarity among East Jerusalem Palestinians during the 2014 war in Gaza. International Journal of Communication9, 2622–2649.
  • 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.
  • Hazboun, I., Ron, Y. and Maoz, I. (2016). Journalists in times of crisis: Experiences and practices of Palestinian journalists during the 2014 Gaza war. The Communication Review, 19(3), 223-236
  • 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. The Communication Review20(3), 189–211.‏
  • Nagar, R. & Maoz, I. (2017). Predicting Jewish-Israeli recognition of Palestinian pain and suffering. Journal of Conflict Resolution,61(2), 372-397.
  • Nagar, R. & Maoz, I. (2017). The hostile suffering effect: Mediated encounters with suffering of opponents, recognition and moral concern in protracted asymmetrical conflicts. International Journal of Communication, 11, 1-22.
  • David, Y., Rosler, N., & Maoz, I. (2017). Gender-empathic constructions, empathy and support for compromise in intractable conflict. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 62(8), 1727-1752.
  • Raz-Rotem, M., Desivilya Syna, H., & Maoz, I. (2019). Working Together in the Context of Protracted Asymmetric Conflict: Israeli Jews and Palestinians in Joint Medical Work Teams. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
  • Orian Harel, T., Maoz, I. & Halperin, E. (2019). A conflict within a conflict: intragroup ideological polarization and intergroup intractable conflict. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 52- 57.
  • Orian Harel, T., Katz Jameson, J. & Maoz, I. (2020). The normalization of hatred: Social media as a platform for affective polarization in intractable conflict. Social Media + Society.
  • Ron Y, Suleiman C, Maoz I. (2020). Women for Peace: Promoting Dialogue and Peace through Facebook? Social Media + Society. October 2020.
  • Halevy, N., Maoz, I., Srinivasan, P., & Reit E. ( in press). Where the Blame Lies: Unpacking Groups Shifts Judgments of Blame in Intergroup Conflict. Psychological Science