Academic staff


Prof. Paul Frosh

Chair, Department of Communication and Journalism

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Originally from the UK, where I studied English Literature at Cambridge University, I did my graduate and doctoral research in Communications at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Years later, having never found the campus exit sign, I am now a Full Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University, and am also Head of Department. My research interests span visual culture, photography theory, the aesthetics of digital media, cultural production, cultural memory, media and national sentiment, media and moral concern.

My most recent book isThe Poetics of Digital Media )2018). Other books include The Image Factory: Consumer Culture, Photography and the Visual Content Industry (2003); Meeting the Enemy in the Living Room: Terrorism and Communication in the Contemporary Era (2006 edited with Tamar Liebes); Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication (2009, 2nd edition 2011, edited with Amit Pinchevski). I have published articles in such journals as New Media and SocietyJournal of Communication, Media, Culture and SocietyInternational Journal of CommunicationPublic CultureJournal of Consumer CultureCultural StudiesSemiotica, and others. I am a co-editor of the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and a past Chair of the Popular Communication Division of the International Communication Association. I am currently working on several projects connected to photography and visual culture in the digital era.


Research Interests

  • Visual culture
  • Photography theory
  • The aesthetics of digital media
  • Cultural production
  • Cultural memory
  • Media and national sentiment
  • Media and moral concern


Selected Publications


  • Paul Frosh (2019) The Poetics of Digital Media. Polity: Cambridge. Part translated as: Paul Frosh (2019). Screenshots: Racheengel der Fotografie. Trans. Franka Kathrin Wolf. (Digital Bildkulteren) Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, Berlin.
  • Paul Frosh and Amit Pinchevski, eds. (2009, 2nd edition 2011) Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills.
  • Tamar Liebes and Paul Frosh, eds. (2006) Meeting the Enemy In  the Living Room: Terrorism and Communication in the Contemporary Era. Kibbutz Hameuchad (in Hebrew).
  • Paul Frosh (2003) The Image Factory: Consumer Culture, Photography and the Visual Content Industry. Berg: Oxford.

Articles and Chapters

  • Liron Simatzkin-Ohana and Paul Frosh (2022) From user-generated content to a user-generated aesthetic: Instagram, corporate vernacularization, and the intimate life of brands. Media, Culture & Society, DOI: 10.1177/01634437221084107 
  • Tommaso Trillò, Rebecca Scharlach, Blake Hallinan, Bumsoo Kim, Saki Mizoroki, Paul Frosh, Limor Shifman (2021) What Does #Freedom Look Like? Instagram and the Visual Imagination of Values, Journal of Communication, 71 (6): 875–897.
  • Doron Altaratz and Paul Frosh (2021) Sentient Photography: Image-Production and the Smartphone Camera, photographies, 14(2): 243-264.
  • Ifat Maoz and Paul Frosh (2020) Imagine All the People: Negotiating and Mediating Moral Concern through Intergroup Encounters. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 13(3): 197-210.
  • Paul Frosh (2020) Photography as a Cultural Industry: A Historical-Theoretical Overview. In G. Pasternak, ed. Handbook of Photography Studies. Bloomsbury: London, 255-272.
  • Paul Frosh (2020) Is Commercial Photography a Public Evil? Beyond the Critique of Stock Photography. In Melissa Miles and Ed Welch, eds. Photography and its Publics. Bloomsbury: London, 187-206.
  • Paul Frosh (2019) Eye, Flesh, World: Three Modes of Digital Witnessing. In Schankweiler, K. and Straub, V. and Wendi, T. (eds.) Image Testimony: Witnessing in Times of Social Media. London: Routledge, 121-135.
  • Akiba Cohen, Sandrine Boudana and Paul Frosh (2018) You must remember this: Iconic news photographs and collective memory. Journal of Communication, 68(3): 453-479.
  • Sandrine Boudana, Paul Frosh and Akiba Cohen (2017) Reviving icons to death: When historic photographs become digital memes. Media, Culture & Society, 39(8), 1210–1230.
  • Paul Frosh (2016) The Mouse, the Screen and the Holocaust Witness: Interface Aesthetics and Moral Response. New Media & Society, 20(1), 351–368.
  • Paul Frosh (2015) The Gestural Image: The Selfie, Photography Theory and Kinaesthetic Sociability, International Journal of Communication, 9: 1607–1628. Republished in: K. Kuc and J. Zylinska, eds. (2016) Photomediations: A Reader. Open Humanities Press: London: 251-267.
  • Flora Tsapovksy and Paul Frosh (2015) Television Audiences and Transnational Nostalgia: Mad Men in Israel. Media, Culture and Society, 37(5): 784–799.
  • Paul Frosh and Amit Pinchevski (2014) Media witnessing and the Ripeness of Time, Cultural Studies, 28(4): 594-610.
  • Paul Frosh (2013) Beyond the Image Bank: Digital Commercial Photography. In M. Lister, ed. The Photographic Image in Digital Culture, 2nd Edition, Routledge: London: 131-148.


Awards and Prizes

  • Israel Science Foundation Funded Research Project "The Retention of Media: The Cultural Memory of Photography in the Smartphone Era”. Grant awarded 2021-2025.
  • Top Paper Award, Israel Communication Association (co-authored paper with Sandrine Boudana and Akiba Cohen, Tel Aviv University).
  • Israel Science Foundation Funded Research Project 'How Media Remember: Recycling and Reframing News Photographs in Israel', with Prof. Akiba Cohen and Dr. Sandrine Boudana. Grant awarded 2017-2019.
  • The Hebrew University Rector’s Prize for 2016, awarded to distinguished scholars for excellence in research and teaching. 
  • Top Paper Award for 2015 from the Popular Communication Division of the International Communication Association
  • Israel Science Foundation Funded Research Project 'You Must Remember This: Iconic Photographs and Collective Memory', with Prof. Akiba Cohen and Dr. Sandrine Boudana. Grant awarded 2014-2016.
  • Albert Bonnier Jnr. Guest Professorship, Department of Journalism, Media and Culture, Stockholm University
  • Distinguished Scholar, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Prof. Christian Baden

Chair, Departmental Seminars

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I am an associate professor at the Department of Communication and Journalism and the Smart Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, affiliated also with the Hebrew University's Center for Interdisciplinary Data Science Research (CIDR). My research focuses on the collaborative construction of meaning in dynamic, political public debates. Specifically, I study processes of contestation and the renegotiation of shared meanings, as well as those cultural and discursive resonance processes that render specific ideas intuitively plausible and account for their enduring, sometimes resilient presence in public discourse and contribute to political polarization and hostility. My publications have contributed to theory and methodology in research on framing, discourse dynamics, and the social and psychological process of sense making, consensus and contestation in a political public sphere. My methodological work combines techniques of qualitative discourse analysis and frame analysis with network-analytic perspectives and contemporary strategies for the automated processing of large-scale discourse. I operate the JAmCAT platform for automated text analysis, and I am a member of the European research infrastructure project OPTED "Observatory for Political Texts in European Democracies", as well as the PROFECI project team on “Mediating the Future: The Social Dynamics of Public Projections”. I am also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of CommunicationCommunication Methods & MeasuresDigital Journalism and Computational Communication Research.


Research Interests

  • Dynamics in public discourse

  • Resonance

  • Contestation, Protest & Political conflict

  • Viewpoint Diversity

  • Alternative Facts & Conspiracy Theories

  • Computational/multi-methodological text analysis

  • Multilingual text analysis


Selected Publications


Awards and Prizes

  • ICA Top Reviewer (2020; and Top Reviewer for ICA Political Communication Division 2020, 2019, 2018; for ICA Journalism Studies Division 2018)

  • ICA Top Poster Award 2019, 2017

  • Honorable Mention for the Communication Methods & Measures “Article of the Year” 2014

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Dr Eran Amsalem

Head, M.A. Program
Head, Political Communication MA Program

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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

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Dr. Meital Balmas-Cohen

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Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Meital Balmas is a senior lecturer (US Associate Professor) in the Department of communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

She completed her Ph.D. and master’s degree at the Hebrew University. In 2012-2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Balmas-Cohen is the recipient of various awards for her achievements in research, including Research grant from the German Israeli Foundation (GIF) Young Scientist program and The Alon Fellowships for Outstanding Young Researchers on the behalf of The Israeli academy of science. Her research interests include political communication, political psychology and public opinion. Her work has been published in several scholarly journals including American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Party Politicsthe International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and American academy for political and social sciences (ANNALS).



  • Balmas, M PI. &  Sheafer, T PI. (2010). Candidate Image in Election Campaigns: Attribute Agenda Setting, Affective Priming, and Voting Intentions. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 22: 204-229.
  • Sheafer, T PI., Shenhav, S PI. & Balmas, M PI. (2013). Politicians as Communicators. In Reinemann, C. (Ed.), Handbook of Communication Science (pp. 211-230). Berlin: deGruyter Mouton.
  • Balmas, M PI. & Sheafer, T PI. (2013). Leaders First, Countries After: Political Personalization in the International Media Arena. Journal of Communication, 63: 454-475.
  • Balmas, M PI. & Sheafer, T PI. (2014). Charismatic Leaders and Mediated Personalization in the International Arena. Communication Research, 41: 991-1015.
  • Balmas, M PI., Rahat, G PI., Sheafer, T PI. & Shenhav, S PI. (2014). Two Routes to Personalized Politics: Centralized and Decentralized Personalization. Party Politics, 20: 37-51.
  • Balmas, M. (2014). When Fake News Become Real: Combined Exposure to Multiple News Sources and Political Attitudes of Inefficacy, Alienation and Cynicism. Communication Research, 41: 430-454.
  • Balmas, M PI. & Sheafer, T PI. (2015). Personalization of Politics. The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication (pp. 944-951). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Balmas, M PI., Sheafer, T PI. & Wolfsfeld, G PI. (2015). Enemies Also Get Their Say: Press Performance During Political Crises. International Journal of Communication, 9: 154–174.
  • Soroka, S PI., Young, L PI. & Balmas, M PI. (2015). Bad News or Mad News? Sentiment Scoring of Negativity, Fear, and Anger in News Content. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 659: 108-121.
  • Friedman, E PI., Kampf, Z PI. & Balmas, M PI. (2017). Exploring Message Targeting at Home and Abroad: The Role of Political and Media Considerations in the Rhetorical Dynamics of Conflict Resolution. International Journal of Communication.
  • Balmas, M. (2017). Bad News: The Changing Coverage of National Leaders in Foreign Media of Western Democracies. Mass Communication and Society, 20: 663-685.
  • Balmas, M. (2018). Tell me who is your Leader, and I will Tell you who you are: Foreign Leaders' Perceived Personality and Public Attitudes Toward their Countries and Citizenry. American Journal of Political Science, 62: 499-514.
  • Balmas, M. (2019). National leaders’ personality cues and Americans’ attitudes toward their countries. International Journal of Public Opinion Research31(4), 694-71
  • Balmas, M., & Halperin, E. (2021). I care about your plight, but only if I like your leader: The effect of national leaders’ perceived personality on empathy and pro-social behavior towards their citizenry. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Recent Activities and Awards

  • 2019: Research grant from The HUJI-FUB Joint Seed Funding

  • 2018 Holder of the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Lectureship in Social Sciences

  • 2014: Research grant from the German Israeli Foundation (GIF) Young Scientist program: "I am the state!: Projection of Leaders Image on Their Countries in the International Arena".

  • 2014: The Alon Fellowships for Outstanding Young Researchers on the behalf of The Israeli academy of science.

  • 2012-13: Postdoctoral fellowship, Columbia University, the Department of Political Science

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Prof. Menachem Blondheim

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I’m a member of the Department of Communication and Journalism and of the Department of History. As a former entrepreneur and executive in the high-tech industry, as well as a Ph.D. in history, I study the development, performance, and meaning of communication technologies and environments, new and old. My research also explores the role of communication in American history and in Jewish history, as well as the history of media.

I received my BA degree from the Hebrew University, MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University, and have won fellowships from the NEH, Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, the University of Pennsylvania’s CAJC, the New York Public Library, as well as a variety of research grants. An Israeli Americanist who admires things Italian, I was a visiting professor at Penn, Columbia, NYU, Ca Foscari in Venice, LUMSA in Rome and Sapienza, also in Rome.

At the Hebrew University I serve as the academic director of undergraduate studies at the Rothberg International School, and as head of the university’s Center for American Studies. I was head of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace for 6 years, and prior to that served as chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism and the director of the Smart Family Institute of Communications. My public activities included chairing Israel’s new National Library’s Advisory Committee on Digitization, heading the academic committee of the Spielberg Jewish Film Archives, and serving as analyst on American affairs for a bunch of media outlets.


Research Interests

  • Communication Technologies
  • Media and Social Organization
  • Communication in American History
  • Communication and Religion
  • Jewish Communication


Selected Publications

  • Esther: The Biblical Book of Communication. Under review (with Elihu Katz). On Liberty in a Cellular Society: The Role of the Smartphone in the Lives of Israeli ZgensJerusalem: Magnes Hebrew University Press (with Hananel Rosenberg).
  • The Covid-19 Epidemic: An Interim Summary. Tel haShomer: National Institute for Health Policy Research, 2021 (joint author).
  • “The Smartphone and its Punishment: Social Distancing of Cellular Transgressors in Ultra-
  • Orthodox Jewish Society, from 2G to the Corona Pandemic,” Technology in Society, May 2021, (with Hananel Rosenberg).
  • Communication in the Jewish Diaspora: Two Thousand years of Saying Goodbye without Leaving. New York: Israel Academic Press, 2020 (edited with Hananel Rosenberg).
  • “The Jewish Communication Tradition and its Encounters with (the) New Media,” in: Heidi Campbell, ed., Digital Judaism. New York: Rutledge, 2015, pp. 16-39.
  • “America’s Global Standing According to Popular News Sites from Around the World,” Political Communication 30: 1 (2013): 139-161 (with Elad Segev).
  • “Narrating the History of Media Technologies: Pitfalls and Prospects,” in: Michael Bailey, ed., Narrating Media History (London: Routledge, 2008), pp. 212-228.
  • The Toronto School of Communication Theory: Interpretations, Extensions, Applications. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007 (edited with Rita Watson).
  • Copperhead Gore: Benjamin Wood’s Fort Lafayette and Civil War America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.
  • "`Public Sentiment is Everything’: The Union's Public Communication Strategy and the Bogus Proclamation of 1864." Journal of American History 89:3 (2002): 869-900.
  • "Traditions of Dispute: From Negotiating Talmudic Texts to the Arena of Political Discourse in the Media," Journal of Pragmatics 34:10-11 (2002): 1569-94. (With Shoshana Blum Kulka and Gonen Hachohen).
  • “Harold Adams Innis and his Bias of Communication.” In: Canonic Texts in Communication Research, eds. Elihu Katz, John D. Peters, Tamar Liebes, and Avril Orloff (London: Polity Press, 2002), pp. 156-190.
  • "Public Demand and Rabbinic Supply: The Sermon in American Orthodox Synagogues, 1881- 1939." In: Popular Culture. Ed. B. Z. Kedar. Jerusalem: Merkaz Shazar, 1996, pp. 277- 304 (Hebrew).
  • News Over the Wires: The Telegraph and the Flow of Public Information in America, 1844- 1897. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994.


Awards and Prizes

  • Donald L. Shaw Lifetime Award for Outstanding Service to Journalism History (2019)
  • Hazel Dicken-Garcia Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Journalism History (2008)
  • Covet Award in communications history (2003)
  • AJHA Book of the year (1994)

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Lillian (Lilly) Boxman

Dr. Lilly Boxman-Shabtay

Academic Advisor, B.A Studies
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I am a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I joined the department in July 2020, after earning a PhD from the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University.

My research examines meaning-making at the intersection of media producers, texts, and audiences. Placing a special emphasis on the phenomenon of polysemy (meaning multiplicity), my research probes questions such as: Why do we interpret the same content in diverging, at times contrasting, ways? What makes media messages open to different interpretations? How do media producers interpret the content they create? What are the social, economic, cultural and political ramifications of meaning multiplicity? Theoretically, my work presents an interdisciplinary approach that synthesizes competing theories of meaning and interpretation in the social sciences. Methodologically, I utilize a mixed-method approach that merges qualitative (e.g., semiotic analyses, interviews) and quantitative (e.g., content analyses, surveys) research designs. My research has focused on various arenas of cultural production that are rife with polysemy: popular culture on the internet, with an emphasis on humor and parody in user-generated-content, journalistic storytelling, with a focus on the coverage of income inequality and Corporate Social Responsibility, and the negotiation over meaning in the context of protest and social movements.

I teach BA and MA courses about digital culture and new media, media audiences, interpretation and meaning multiplicity, media representations of economic inequality, media criticism, and the concept of framing.


Research Interests

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Digital culture
  • Economic inequality
  • Globalization
  • Framing
  • Humor
  • Interpretation
  • Media audiences
  • Media theory, mixed-method research
  • News
  • Participatory culture
  • Political polarization, polysemy
  • Social identity
  • Social media


Selected Publications

  • Boxman-Shabtai (2021) Encoding polysemy in the news. Journalism.  Advance online publication 
  • Boxman-Shabtai, L. (2020) Meaning multiplicity across communication subfields: Bridging the gaps.  Journal of Communication 70(3), 401-423
  • Boxman-Shabtai, L. (2019) The practice of parodying: YouTube as a hybrid field of cultural production. Media, Culture, & Society 41(4), 3-20
  • Boxman-Shabtai, L. (2018). Reframing the popular: A new approach to parody. Poetics 67, 1-12
  • Boxman-Shabtai, L & Shifman, L. (2016). Digital humor and the articulation of locality in an age of global flows. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research 29(1), 1-24
  • Boxman-Shabtai, L & Shifman, L. (2015) When ethnic humor goes digital. New Media & Society 17(4), 520-539
  • Boxman-Shabtai, L. & Shifman, L. (2014). Evasive targets: Deciphering polysemy in mediated humor. Journal of Communication, 64(5), 977-998


Awards and Prizes

  • 2021: Top poster award, Journalism Studies division of the International Communication Association
  • 2016 Doctoral Honors Seminar, National Communication Association
  • 2015 Top student paper, Association of Internet Researchers
  • 2013 Ruth Gilutz Award for Outstanding MA Thesis, Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace
  • 2012 Don and Alleen Nilsen Award for Young Scholars, International Society for Humor Studies
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Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

Advisor for Exchange students and overseas institutions
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I am a senior lecturer of Film Studies, German Studies and Visual Culture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I received my PhD from the Freie University Berlin and was previously affiliated with the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam and the Bauhaus University in Weimar. I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Graduate Research Program “Media of History – History of Media” in Weimar, Erfurt and Jena, and at the International Institute for Holocaust Research Yad Vashem. 

Currently, I am a consortium member of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research and innovation project Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age (2019-2022) and partner in the German-Israeli research project (Con)sequential Images – An archaeology of iconic film footage from the Nazi era, funded by the German Research Foundation. My research focuses on audiovisual Holocaust memory in the digital age, the use and appropriation of archival film footage, German-Jewish Film History, and German-Israeli film relations. I am a member of the Research Network German-Jewish Film History of the FRG.

Digital Visual History Projects Website


Research Interests:

  • Digital Holocaust Memory
  • Social Media Memory
  • Doing Memory on TikTok
  • Cinematic Memory of the Holocaust
  • German and International Film History
  • Digital Curation and Storytelling

Selected Publications


  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. & Henig, L. (2021) „i-Memory: Selfies and Self-Witnessing in #Uploading_Holocaust (2016).” In: Digital Holocaust Memory: Education and Research. Ed. Victoria Walden. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 213-235.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2020) “Commemorating from a distance: the digital transformation of Holocaust memory in times of COVID-19.” Media, Culture & Society 43:6, 1095-1112.
  • Henig, L. / Ebbrecht-HartmannT. (2020) “Witnessing Eva Stories: Media witnessing and self-inscription in social media memory.” New Media & Society. 8 October 2020.
  • Ben-Aroia, B. / Ebbrecht-HartmannT. (2020) “Memorials as Discursive Spheres: Holocaust and Second World War Iconography in Public Commemoration of Extremist-Right Violence.” Memory Studies, 14:4, 797-818.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2020) “Media Resonance and Conflicting Memories: Historical Event Movies as Conflict Zone.” Memory Studies, 27 February 2020.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2020) “Double-Occupancy and Delay: Claude Lanzmann, The Last of the Unjust, and the Archive.” In: The Construction of Testimony: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and its Outtakes, eds. Erin McGlothlin, Brad Prager, and Markus Zisselsberger. Detroit: Wayne State UP, pp. 207-232.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2019) “Blind spots, in the Present: The National Socialist Past in Recent Austrian Films”, zeitgeschichte 46:4, 535-555.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2019) “Resonating Trauma: Framing Conflicting Memories of the Entebbe Hostage Crisis”, New German Critique 46:2 (137), 91-116.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2017) “Archives for the Future: Thomas Heise’s Visual Archeology”Imaginations – Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies 8:1 (2017) – Special Issue “New Research on East Germany” ed. By Marc Silberman.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2016) “Three Dimensions of Archive Footage: Researching Archive Films from the Holocaust”Apparatus – Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 2-3 (2016) – Special Issue “Ghetto Films and their Afterlife” ed. by Natascha Drubek.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2016) “Trophy, evidence, document: appropriating an archive film from Liepaja, 1941”, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 36:4, 509-528.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2015) “Echoes from the Archive: Retrieving and Re-viewing Cinematic Remnants of the Nazi Past”, Edinburgh German Yearbook 9, 123-139. Special Issue “Archive and Memory in German Literature and Visual Culture” ed. by Dora Osborne.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2015) “Preserving Memory or Fabricating the Past? How films constitute cinematic archives of the Holocaust”, Cinéma & Cie XV:24, 33-47. Special Issue “Archives in Human Pain: Circulation, Persistence, Migration” ed. by Alice Cati and Vincente Sanchez-Biosca.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2015) “Locked Doors and Hidden Graves. Searching the Past in Poklosie, Sarah’s Key, and Ida”. In: Holocaust Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Images, Memory, and the Ethics of Representation. Ed. Gerd Bayer and Oleksandr Kobrynskyy. New York: Wallflower/Columbia Univ. Press, 141-160.
  • Ebbrecht, T.  (2010) “Migrating Images: Iconic Images of the Holocaust and the Representation of War in Popular Film”, Shofar 28:4, 86-103.


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Dr. Dmitry Epstein

Ethics Committee
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General Information

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and the School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I am also affiliated faculty at the Cyber Security Research Center, Cyber Law Program.

My work focuses on the intersection of information, technology, policy, and society. Specifically, I study Internet governance along the dimensions of internet regulation, design, and use. Some of the current projects include socio-sematic analysis of internet governance deliberations and comparative study of online privacy, trust, and security. In the past I have also looked into questions of online civic engagement in policymaking, information access, and the digital divide.


Important achievements

Among the different academic networks and associations I am part of, I am particularly engaged in the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). I currently serve as GigaNet Chair and as a member of the Program and Membership committees. 

My work has been supported by funders such as the National Science Foundation, the Minerva Foundation, Program on Economics & Privacy at George Mason University Law School, and the Internet Society. It has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed venues, including The Information Society, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Information Policy, Communication Research, Social Media + Society, and Wake Forest Law Review.


Recent studies

Currently I am working on two main projects. First, I explore how policy issues are getting framed in internet governance deliberation spaces, and how those frames traverse institutional boundaries. Second, I work with colleagues on creating a framework for comparative study of digital privacy across social, political, and technological contexts, and over time.



  • Epstein, D. & Quinn, K. (in press). Markers of online privacy marginalization: Empirical examination of socioeconomic disparities in social media privacy attitudes, literacy, and behavior. Social Media + Society.
  • Quinn, K., Epstein, D., & Moon, B. (2019). We care about different things: Non-elite conceptualizations of social media privacy. Social Media + Society, 5(3).
  • Quinn, K. and Epstein, D. (2019). There is hope: Race, gender, and the uses and gratifications of social media. In Lind R. A. (ed.) Race/Gender/Class/Media (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson.   
  • Quinn, K. and Epstein, D. (2018). #MyPrivacy: How users think about social media privacy. Proceedings of #SMSociety 2018, 360-364, doi: 10.1145/3217804.3217945  
  • Epstein, D., Katzenbach, C., and Musiani, F. (2016). Doing internet governance: How science and technology studies inform the study of internet governance. Internet Policy Review, 5(3). doi: 10.14763/2016.3.435
  • Epstein, D. and Nonnecke, B. M. (2016). Multistakeholderism in praxis: The case of the regional and national IGF initiatives. Policy & Internet, 8(2), 148-173.
  • Stoycheff, E, Nisbet, E.C., and Epstein, D. (2016) Differential Effects of Capital-Enhancing and Recreational Internet Use on Citizens’ Demand for Democracy. Communication Research. doi:10.1177/0093650216644645
  • Epstein, D. (2015). Duality squared: Technology and governance in the making of the web. In Lind R. A. (ed.) Produsing theory, pp. 41-56. New-York, NY: Peter Lang Press. 
  • Epstein, D., Heidt, J., and Farina, C. R. (2014) The value of words: Narrative as evidence in policymaking. Evidence and Policy, 10(2), 243-258. 
  • Epstein, D., Ross, M., and Baumer, E. (2014). It’s the definition, stupid! Framing of online privacy in the Internet Governance Forum debates. Journal of Information Policy, 4. 
  • Epstein, D., Newhart, M. J., and Vernon, R. (2014). Not by technology alone: The “analog” aspects of online public engagement in rulemaking. Government Information Quarterly, 31(2), 337-344. 
  • Epstein, D. (2013). The making of institutions of information governance: The case of the Internet Governance Forum. Journal of Information Technology, 28(2), 137-149.
  • Farina, C. R., Epstein, D., Heidt, J. and Newhart, M. J. (2012). Knowledge in the people: Rethinking “value” in public rulemaking participation. Wake Forest Law Review, 47(5), 1185-1241.
  • Epstein, D. (2011). The analog history of the ‘digital divide.’ In Park, D.W., Jankowski, N., and Jones, S. (eds.) The Long History of New Media, p.127-144. New-York, NY: Peter Lang Press. 
  • Epstein, D., Nisbet, E., and Gillespie, T.  (2011). Who is responsible for the digital divide? Public perceptions and policy implications. The Information Society, 27(2), 92-104.
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Prof. Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman

Prof. Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman
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Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Ono Academic College. Her works have won Top Paper Awards from the Divisions of Interpersonal Communication and Feminist Scholarship at the International Communication Association. She has won Outstanding Teaching Awards − 23 consecutive years − of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also works as a personal coach on verbal and non-verbal strategies of persuasion, negotiation and impression management with high-level executives and politicians in both the public and private sectors.


Research Interests

  • The relationship of verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Political communication
  • Leadership
  • Gender
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict management


Selected Publications

  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2010). The Relationship of Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior to Political Stature: The Political Interviews of Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Journal of Political Marketing, 9(4), 229−253.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2014). Parental Patterns of Cooperation in Parent-Child Interactions: The Relationship between Nonverbal and Verbal Communication. Human Communication Research, 40(1), 1−29. doi:10.1111/hcre.12014.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2014). Children’s Verbal and Nonverbal Congruent or Incongruent Communication during Parent−Child Interactions. Human Communication Research, 40(4), 415−441. doi:10.1111/hcre.12035.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2015). Parental Response to Child’s Incongruence: Verbal versus Nonverbal Primacy in Parent−Child Interactions. Communication Monographs, 82(4), 484−509. doi:10.1080/03637751.2015.1041538.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2015). The Role of Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior in Televised Political Debates. Journal of Political Marketing, 15(4), 362−387. doi:10.1080/15377857.2014.959688.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T., Bar Shalom, Y., & Alayan, F. (2017). Intercultural encounters as a “Mind Body” experience: A case study in Jerusalem. Intercultural Education, 29(1), 139-147. doi:10.1080/13572334.2017.1358979
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2017). Verbal Versus Nonverbal Primacy: Children’s Response to Parental Incongruent Communication. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34(5), 636−667. doi: 10.1177/0265407516651158.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. & Bdólach, L. (2017). Talk like a man, walk like a woman: An advanced political communication framework for female politicians. Journal of Legislative Studies, 23(3), 275−300. doi: 10.1080/13572334.2017.1358979.  
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. & Cohen, A. A. (2017). Speaking Under Duress: Verbal and Visual Elements of Personal and Political Messages in Captive Videos. Visual Communication, 16(1) 27−56. doi: 10.1177/1470357216671842.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2017). Female politicians: A mixed political communication model. The Journal of International Communication, 23(2), 272−297. doi: 10.1080/13216597.2017.1371625.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. & Shenker, E. (2017). Patterns of Nonverbal Parental Communication: A Social and Situational Contexts Approach. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1−26
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. & Avnimelech, G. (2018). Immediacy Communication and Success in Crowdfunding Campaigns: A Multimodal Communication Approach. International Journal of Communication, 12, 4178–4204.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T., & Katz, R. (2019). When a Man Debates a Woman: Trump vs. Clinton in the first mixed gender presidential debatesJournal of Gender Studies, 28(6), 699-719. doi:10.1080/09589236.2019.1566890.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T., Adato, Z., & Traeger, S. (2020). Extending Impression-Management theory: The need for privacy vs. the need to express information on instant messaging apps. Studies in Media and Communication, 8(1). doi:10.11114/smc.v8i1.4853.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T., & Katz, R. (2020). Gender Effect on Political Leaders’ Nonverbal Communicative Structure during the COVID-19 Crisis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(21), 7789. doi:10.3390/ijerph17217789.  


Awards and Prizes

  • Outstanding Teaching Awards − 23 consecutive years − of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Top paper awards from the Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (ICA).
  • Top paper awards from the Feminist Scholarship Division, International Communication Association (ICA).
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Dr. Nicolas John

Prof. Nicholas John

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Prof. Nicholas John is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Originally from England, where I studied Philosophy and Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. My research interests include technology and society, the Internet, new media, Web 2.0 and sharing.

I am the author of the book, The Age of Sharing, published by polity. This book offers an innovative approach to sharing in social media, specifically by linking it to sharing in other social spheres, namely, consumption and intimate interpersonal relations. My more recent work looks at online tie breaking – unfriending, blocking, and the like. I teach BA and MA courses about the complex interrelations between technology and society.

I am the Vice President (and President-Elect) of the Association of Internet Researchers.



Research Interests

  • New media
  • Digital Culture
  • Online Tie Breaking
  • Sharing


Selected publications

  • Aysha Agbarya & Nicholas John (2021) Online tie and content management and changing religious identity among Muslim Arab women in Israel, Information, Communication & Society,

  • John, N., & Agbarya, A. (2021). Punching up or turning away? Palestinians unfriending Jewish Israelis on Facebook. New Media & Society23(5), 1063–1079.

  • Zhao, Luolin & Nicholas A. John. ‎‎2020. “The concept of ‘sharing’ ‎in Chinese social media: Origins, ‎transformations and ‎implications.” Information, ‎Communication & Society. DOI: ‎‎10.1080/1369118X.2020.179121‎‎6‎

  • Sharon, Tzlil, and Nicholas A. ‎John. 2019. “Imagining an ideal ‎podcast listener,” Popular ‎Communication, 17:4, 333-347.‎

  • John, Nicholas A. 2019. “Social ‎media bullshit: What we don’t ‎know about ‎ and why ‎we should care,” Social Media + ‎Society. ‎‎‎5119829863‎

  • Bitman, Nomy, and Nicholas A. ‎John. 2019. “Deaf and hard of ‎hearing smartphone users: ‎Intersectionality and the ‎penetration of ableist ‎communication norms,” Journal ‎of Computer-Mediated ‎Communication, 24‎‏:‏‎2, 56–72.‎

  • John, Nicholas A., and Asaf ‎Nissenbaum. 2019. “An ‎agnotological analysis of APIs: ‎Or, disconnectivity and the ‎ideological limits of our ‎knowledge of social media,” The ‎Information Society, 35:1, 1-12.‎

  • John, Nicholas A., and Noam ‎Gal. 2018. “‘He’s Got His Own ‎Sea’: Political Facebook ‎Unfriending in The Personal ‎Public Sphere,” International ‎Journal of Communication, 12:0, ‎‎2971–2988.‎

  • Sharon, Tzlil, and Nicholas A. ‎John. 2018. “Unpacking (the) ‎Secret: Anonymous social media ‎and the impossibility of ‎networked anonymity,” New ‎Media and Society, 20:11, 4177–‎‎4194.‎

  • John, Nicholas A. 2016. The Age ‎of Sharing. Cambridge: Polity ‎Press.‎

  • John, Nicholas A., and Shira Dvir ‎Gvirsman. 2015. “‘I don’t Like ‎you any more’: Facebook ‎unfriending by Israelis during ‎the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014,” ‎Journal of Communication, 65:6, ‎‎953-974.‎

  • John, Nicholas A. 2013. “The ‎social logics of sharing.” The ‎Communication Review. 16:3, ‎‎113-131.‎

  • John, Nicholas A. 2013. “Sharing ‎and Web 2.0: The emergence of ‎a keyword.” New Media & ‎Society, 15:2, 167-182.‎


Awards and Prizes

The Age of Sharing won the:

  • Nancy Baym Book Award, 2017

  • Best Book, Israel Communication Association, 2017

  • Winner, Outstanding Book Award, Popular Communication Division, International Communication Association, 2018.

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Prof. Zohar Kampf

Prof. Zohar Kampf

Vice Dean for Student Affairs
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I am Associate Professor of Language and communication and Vice-Dean for teaching affairs at the Faculty of Social Sciences. My main research interest lies in the multifaceted ties between language, media and politics. My specialization in the field of discourse analysis, acquired during my doctoral years at the Hebrew University, and later at the UCLA center of Language, Interaction and Culture, is applied to processes of communication in everyday and public settings and their intersections. These linkages appear in my studies on public speech acts, mediated political interactions and media accountability processes. It is also highlighted in my works on the changing media coverage of violent conflicts, visual communication and children discourse. In the academic year of 2014-2015 I was a Visiting Resident Scholar at Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania). Since 2017 I serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Pragmatics.


Research Interests

My current research projects focus on the bright side of human communication. The first ("Performing Peace: understanding the conditions for achieving the (re-)conciliatory consequences of discursive actions”; funded by the Israeli Scientific Foundation, 2016-2020) adopts the conceptual frameworks of speech act theory, politeness theory, and peace communication in order to identify the conditions under which amicable actions enhance interstate relationships.

The second (What so special about special relations? The meaning of Friendship in IR funded by the Israeli Scientific Foundation, 2019-2022; with Dr. Gadi Heimann) aims to conceptualize the notion of friendship in IR and to trace the conditions under which friendly relations between leaders and states develop, persist, and grow stronger.


Selected Publications

  • Kampf, Z. and Liebes, T. (2013). Transforming Media Coverage of Violent Conflicts: The New Face of War. Palgrave McMillan

  • Kampf, Z & Katriel T. (2016). Political Condemnations:  Public Speech Acts and the Moralization of Discourse). The Handbook of Communication in Cross-Cultural Perspective. D. Carbaugh (Ed.). New-York: Routledge.

  • Kampf. Z. (2015) Political Discourse Analysis. International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Tracy, K.  (ed). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Kampf, Z and Blum-Kulka, S. (2007). Do children apologize to each other? Apology events in young Israeli peer discourse. Journal of Politeness Research. 3(1): 11-27.

  • Kampf, Z. (2009). Public (Non-) apologies: The Discourse of Minimizing Responsibility. Journal of Pragmatics 41(11): 2257-2270.

  • Kampf. Z. and Löwenheim N. (2012). Rituals of apology in the international arena. Security Dialogue, 43(1): 43-60.

  • Kampf Z. and Daskal, E. (2014). Communicating Imperfection: The Ethical Principles of News Corrections. Communication Theory, 24(2), 165-185.‏

  • Kampf, Z. & Hamo, M. (2015).Children talking television: The salience and functions of media content in child peer interactions. Discourse and Communication

  • Kampf, Z (2016). All the Best! Performing Solidarity in Political Discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 93(3) 47-60.

  • Schreiber, M. & Kampf, Z. (2018). Intention work: The scope of journalistic interpretation of political speech acts. Journalism

  • Adams, T & Kampf, Z.(2020) “Solemn and just demands”: Seeking apologies in the international arena. Review of International Studies.

  • Kampf, Z. Chudi, D Danziger, R & Schreiber, M (2020). "Wait with Falling in Love”: Discursive Evaluation of Amicable Messages Conveyed by Opponents. Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

  • Heimann, G.  & Kampf, ZI (2020). What makes them tick: Challenging the Impersonal Ethos in IR. Cooperation and Conflict.

  • Kampf, Z. &  Danziger, R. (2019). "You run faster than Messi and jump higher than Jordan": The Art of Complimenting and Praising in Political Discourse. Journal of Politeness Research 15(1), 1-23.‏

  • Kampf, Z. & David, Y. (2019).  Too good to be true: The effect of conciliatory message design on compromising attitudes in intractable conflicts. Discourse & Society 30(4)

  • Hamo, M. Kampf, Z & Weiss-Niv, N (2019) Populism as a meta-discursive resource for positioning and framing in mediated political discourse. Discourse, Context & Media (29)

  • Kampf, Z. Aldar L, Danziger, R & Schreiber, M (2019). Performing international relations through amicable communication. Intercultural Pragmatics 16(2), 123-151.

  • Friedman, E, Kampf, Z. (2019). "To Thine Own Self be True": The Perceived Meanings and Functions of Political Consistency. Language in Society.


Awards and Prizes

  • 2009-2020   Ten (10) teaching distinction, Faculty of Social Science, Hebrew University

  • 2019-2022 Israel Science Foundation: research grant. Project title: What so special about special relations? The meaning of Friendship in IR

  • 2016-2020 Israel Science Foundation: research grant. Project title: “Performing Peace: understanding the conditions for achieving the (re-)conciliatory consequences of discursive actions”.

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Prof. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik

Head, Internet and New Media MA Program
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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)
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Prof. Ifat Maoz

Head, Doctoral Program, Advisor for MA thesis writers
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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
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Prof. Raya Morag

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Raya Morag (Born 1954 in Jerusalem, Israel) is a Professor of cinema studies at the Department of Communications and Journalism, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Her research and publications deal with post-traumatic cinema and ethics.

Morag is the originator of the “perpetrator trauma” paradigm and is of the founders of the new discourse in trauma studies, which situates the perpetrator at its center.

Morag served as the Head of the Smart Communications Institute between 2014-2019.

Between 2006-2014, Morag served as an Artistic Director of the Documentary Film Committee at the Rabinovich Fund for the Arts, Tel-Aviv. The Rabinovich Fund contributes considerable support to Israeli films.

Since 2008, Morag writes a cinema column in Haaretz, Literature and Culture.


Research Interests

  • Post-traumatic cinema and ethics
  • Cinema, war, terror, genocide, femininity and masculinity
  • Perpetrator trauma
  • Documentary cinema
  • Perpetrator Cinema
  • The perpetrator figure and societal trauma in world cinema
  • Corporeal-feminist film critique

Her research analyzes various corpora: New German Cinema; Vietnam War Films; Israeli and Palestinian second- Intifada cinema; New Cambodian Cinema; and post-Cultural Revolution Chinese cinema.


Selected Publications

  • Morag, Raya (2020) Perpetrator Cinema. Confronting Genocide in Cambodian Documentary, New York: Columbia University Press. 283 pages.
  • Morag, Raya (2017) Perpetrator Trauma and Israeli Intifada Cinema, Trans. Marianna Bar, Tel Aviv: Resling. (in Hebrew). 331 pages.
  • Morag, Raya (2013) Waltzing with Bashir: Perpetrator Trauma and Cinema, London & New York: I.B. Tauris. 275 pages.
  • Morag, Raya (2011) Defeated Male: War, Trauma, and Cinema, Koebner Series, Jerusalem and Resling, Tel Aviv. (in Hebrew). 310 pages.
  • Morag, Raya (2009) Defeated Masculinity: Post-Traumatic Cinema in the Aftermath of War, Brussels: Peter Lang. 294 pages.
  • Morag, Raya (2012) (ed.) Special issue: Israeli documentary cinema, Studies in Documentary Film 6.3 April. 100 pages.
  • Morag, Raya (2021) “Big Perpetrator Cambodian Cinema, The Documentary Duel, and Moral Resentment,” Screen 62.1: 37-58. . 
  • Morag, Raya (2020) “Post-Cultural Revolution Chinese Cinema of Betrayal: The Figure of the Collaborator and the Doubling Paradigm,” Continuum Journal of Media & Cultural Studies: 1-20. 
  • Morag, Raya (2020) “The New Post-Khmer Rouge Women’s Cinema, the Horrific Intimacy of Autogenocide, and the Ethics of Un-forgiveness,” Feminist Media Studies.  
  • Morag, Raya (2020) “Gendered Genocide: New Cambodian Cinema and the Case of Forced Marriage and Rape,” Camera Obscura (103) 35.1: 76-107. 
  • Morag, Raya (2018) “On the Definition of the Perpetrator: From the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of Perpetrator Research 2.1: 13-19.
  • Morag, Raya (2017) “Blood Relations and Nonconsensual Ethics: Israeli Intifada Documentaries,” Post Script 36.2-3: 75-85.
  • Morag, Raya (2012) Editorial: “Radical Contextuality: Major Trends in Israeli Documentary Second Intifada Cinema,” Studies in Documentary Film 6.3 April: 253-272.
  • Morag, Raya (2012) “Perpetrator Trauma and Current Israeli Documentary Cinema,” Camera Obscura (80) 27.2: 93-133. 
  • Morag, Raya (2011) “Post-Trauma, Post Queer: The Hitlerian Imago and the New German Cinema,” New Review of Film and Television Studies 9.4 October: 472-492.


Awards and Prizes

  • ISF Grant (2018-2022) for the research project “Cinema of Complicity and the Bystander: 1945-2017."
  • ISF Grant (2013-2017) for the research project "The Perpetrator Figure and Societal Trauma in Cinema."
  • The Hebrew University Rector Prize (2014), for excellence in research, teaching, and contribution to university academic life.
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Prof. Lilach Nir

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Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Lilach Nir (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) holds a dual appointment as tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She specializes in public opinion, mass media effects, and comparative political communication. Prof. Nir is a former Fulbright Fellow, has served on the International Communication Association's Executive Board, and as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Her publications include journal articles on public opinion perceptions, cross-national differences in news exposure and effects, and the contribution of political disagreement to opinion quality.


Her work has won awards from the International Communication Association and the World Association for Public Opinion Research, and has appeared or is currently in press in PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Communication Theory, and Communication Research.




Recent Activities and Awards:

  • 2012-13  Visiting Scholar, the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication (on sabbatical leave from HUJI)

  • 2011-12 Honorary Fellow, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication (on sabbatical leave from HUJI)

  • 2011 Council of the Second Authority for Television and Radio (public authority that supervises  commercial broadcasting in Israel) annual research funding, academic adviser

  • 2010-11  Smart Institute research grant, project: Deliberation in cross-national comparative perspective

  • 2008-09  Levy Eshkol Institute research grant, project: Political humor, reasoning, and democratic legitimacy

  • 2005-2007 Elected as Golda Meir Fellow of the Social Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Prof. Aner Perminger

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Since 1986 Active Filmmaker and Film Scholar.

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.


Fiction Films:

  • 2013 -  Hole in the Land (Chor Ba' Adama), Homage remix to Israeli Cinema, 2:30  min.

  • 2012 –     Present Continuous (Ha'Chaim Beinataim), 100 min., DCP, color.
    Director, producer, co-writer, Full length feature.
    Supported by The Israeli Film Fund.

  • 1999 -     Last Resort (Hagarin Hakashe), 95 min., 35 mm, color.  
    Director, producer, co-writer, full-length feature film.

  • 1993 -     Blind Man's Bluff (Golem Bamaagal), 95 min., 35 mm, color. 
    Director, co-producer, co-writer, full-length feature film, supported by
    The Israeli Quality Film Foundation, The Ministry of Education & Culture.

  • 1990 -     Front Window, 32 min., 16 mm, color. Director/writer/producer.
    Supported by The Israel Film Center, Ministry of Industry & Trade and the
    Public Council for Culture & Art of the Ministry of Education & Culture.

  • 1988 - Anima, 7:30 min., Video Dance. Director/writer/producer.
     Coreography – Nima Jacoby; Music – Chanoch Jacoby.

  • 1984 -     24 Hours, 37 min., 16 mm, color. Director/writer/producer/editor.
    Thesis film for graduating NYU GFTV.


  • 1998-2009 –  One Eye Wide Open: following Zvi Lachman 1998-2008, 52 min.   Documentary feature. In co-production with AVRO Broadcasting Association/Close-up, The Netherlands.

  • 2001 –   Moscobia – the Russian Compound, Short Documentary in the “Place” (Makom), project produced by Amit Goren.

  • 1998-2000 –  Ransom of the Father, 71 min. Documentary feature.
    First screened in Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2000.

  • 1994-1998 –  Learning and Teaching Mathematics, series of 3 documentaries  
    following Mathematic workshop within an educational project: "Tomorrow  is 98 in the Northern Galilee", (30-50 min. each film)

  • 1995 –  On My Way to Father’s Land, 75 min. Documentary feature.
    First screened in Haifa International Film Festival, 1995.

  • 1986 -1990 – Documentary films for the Israeli Television.

Script Editing

  • 2011 – My Australia, Amy Drozd's film, produced by Marek Rosenbaum – Transfax Productions Ltd.
  • Since 2000 – Script editing of several hundred student films including many final projects in Sapir Academic College and many other film schools.


Awards & Festivals:

  • 2016 Israeli Film Festival, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA, Present Continuous.  
  • 2015  3rd Rassegna Di Cinema Israeliano, Veronese, Italy: Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 2015 Israeli Film Festival, Hamilton, Ontario Canada, Present Continuous.  
  • 2015 Jewish International Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, Present Continuous.  
  • 2014 Carpentras 4ème Festival du cinéma israélien, France, Present Continuous.  
  • 2014 Chicago South Asian film festival (CSAFF), USA, Present Continuous.  
  • 2014 Palm Beach Israeli Film Series, Miami, USA, Present Continuous.  
  • 2014 Jewish International Film Festival, New Hampshire, USA, Present Continuous.  
  • 2014 Jewish International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, Present Continuous.  
  • 2014 Jewish International Film Festival, Santa Cruz, USA, Present Continuous.  
  • 2013 Jewish International Film Festival, Sydney & Melbourne, Australia, Present Continuous.  
  • 2013  Shalom Europe Film Festival, Strasbourg & Colmar, France: Present Continuous.
  • 2013 Seret - Israeli Film Festival, London, England: Present Continuous.
  • 2013 The 10th Israeli Film Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Present Continuous.
  • 2013 The Zagreb JFF, Croatia, Present Continuous.  
  • 2013 Juedische Kultur Muenchen Film Festival, Germany, Present Continuous.  
  • 2013 Fipatel: Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, Biaritz, France: Present Continuous.
  • 2013  Final stage in the 1st Israeli Cinema Remix competition, Print Screen Media digital  Festival, Holon Cinemateque, Israel: Hole in the Land (Chor Ba' Adama).
  • 2012  The 28th Haifa International Film Festival: Present Continuous.
  • 2012  Cinema South Film Festival, Sderot: Present Continuous.
  • 2010  TEMPS D'IMAGES PRÉMIO DE CINEMA International Film Festival, Lisbon,  Portugal, One Eye Wide Open.
  • 2010  Special Mention in ''I've Seen Films'' International Film Festival, Milan, Italy, One Eye Wide Open.
  • 2009  EPOS Film Art Fest, international Art Film Festival, Tel-Aviv, One Eye Wide Open.
  • 2009  EPOS Film Art Fest, international Art Film Festival, Nazareth, One Eye Wide Open.
  • 2009  Cinema South Film Festival, Sderot, One Eye Wide Open.
  • 2003  The International Film Festival Tribeca, New-York: Moscobia – the Russian Compound.
  • 2002  The International Documentary Film Festival, DocAviv Tel-Aviv, Israel: Moscobia – the Russian Compound.
  • 2001  Fipa: Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, Biaritz, France: Ransom of the Father.
  • 2000  Honorably Mentioned in The Jewish Experience Competition of the 17th  Jerusalem International Film Festival: Ransom of the Father.
  • 2002  The Contra Costa International Jewish Film Festival: Last Resort.
  • 2001  The Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Washington: Last Resort.
  • 2001  Fipa: Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, Biaritz, France: Last Resort.
  • 2000  The Washington D.C. Jewish Film Festival: Last Resort.
  • 1999  The 15th International Haifa Film Festival:   Last Resort.
  • 2009  The Best of Israeli Cinema of all times, in Milan, Italy: Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1995  The International Film Festival in Calcutta, India: Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1995  The International Film Festival in Kerala, India: Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1994  La Opera Prima, First prize for first film in the 12th Festival Cinematografico International del Uruguay, Montevideo for Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1994  Jaguar Maya De Oro, Special prize of the jury in the 3rd Festival  Cinematografico De Cancun, Mexico, for Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1994  The Israeli Critics Award for Best Acting: Chagit Dasberg in: Blind Man's Bluff – The 10th  International Haifa Film Festival.
  • 1994  Show case for Best Israeli Films in Tokyo, Japan: Blind Man's Bluff .
  • 1994  The International Film Festival, San Paulo, Brazil: Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1994  The Jewish Film Festival in London, England: Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1994  The International Troya Film Festival, Portugal: Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1994  The Eighth Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival: "Blind Man's Bluff".
  • 1993  The Wolgin award for Israeli best film: Blind Man's Bluff. First prize of the 10th Jerusalem Film Festival.
  • 1993  The 17th Montreal World Film Festival:  Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1993  The 41St International Film Festival of San Sebastian:  Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1993  The Antigone D'Or, First prize of the 15eme  Festival International  Du Cinema Mediterraneen Montpellier for Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1993  The Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles:  Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1993  The Israeli Film Festival in New-York: Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1993  The Jewish Film Festival, Wien, Austria: Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1993  The Israeli Academy Award for Best Actress: Chagit Dasberg in:  Blind Man's Bluff.
  • 1995  The 11th International Haifa Film Festival: On My Way To Father’s Land.


Selected Publications:


  • François Truffaut – The Man Who Loved Films, 2006, Hakibutz Hameuahad, Tel-Aviv University and Sapir Academic College Publication, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

  • Enchanted Screen: A chronology of media & language, 1986,  The Open University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Selected Articles:

  • Preminger, A., 2015, François Truffaut: Cinema as an act of love – An intertextual approach, ContentoNow Publication, Tel-Aviv, Sapir Academic College Publication, Sederot, Israel. (A book about the cinema of François Truffaut, 487 pages

  • Preminger, A., 2015, Ethical Documentary, Takriv (Close-up),

  • Preminger, A., 2015, Chess with a switchblade: Haunted Israeli identity trapped in a post-traumatic struggle in Moshe Mizrahi's first feature Le Client de La Morte Saison, Cinema South festival 2015, Sapir Academic College, Sderot,משחק-שח-עם-סכין-קפיצית/

  • Preminger, A., 2015, Silent Film Comedy and American Culture by Alan Bilton, A book Review, Studies in American Humor, Series 4, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2015, USA.

  • Preminger, A., 2013, Charles Chaplin sings a silent requiem: Chaplin's Films, 1928-1952, as Cinematic statement on the Transition from Silent Cinema to the Talkies, In: Howe Lawrence, Caron James E., and Click Benjamin, eds., Refocusing Chaplin: A Screen Icon Through Critical Lenses, pp. 163-185, Lanham, MD, USA: Scarecrow Press, Inc. 

  • Preminger, A.& Berger, A., 2012, Cinema – Literature – Sculpture and in Between - François Truffaut's Films as Intertextual Cultural Space, Protocollage 2012, Collected Essays from History & Theory: The Protocols, E-Journal, p. 146-174, History & Theory department, Bezalel, Resling Publications, Jerusalem.

  • Preminger, A., 2012, The Arab Other in Israeli Cinema and Discourse, Journalism and Mass Communication, Volume 2, Number 2, February 2012 (Serial Number 5) pp. 412-420, David Publishing Company, CA, USA.

  • Preminger, A., 2012, Walking on Water or Playing God? Contemporary Israeli Filmmakers and the "Meaning" of the Holocaust, Slil – Online Journal for History, Film and Television, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, pp. 59-68,

  • Chaplin's contribution to the development of sound and its relationship to image, as part of his cinematic statement on the transition from silent films to talking pictures (upcoming in The Chaplin Collections, Literature/Film quarterly (LFQ),).

  • Charles Chaplin sings silent requiem: Chaplin's cinema from 1928-1952 as a cinematic statement on the transition from silent films to talking films, History & Theory, Protocols, No 22 – On the Sensual in Art, History & Theory department, Bezalel,(22), 2011,

  • Cinema – Literature – Sculpture and What's Between Them - François Truffaut's Films as Intertextual Cultural Space, History & Theory, Protocols, History & Theory department, Bezalel (20), 2011, Co-author: Achinoam Berger.

  • Humor, Actuality and Cinema, Mareh (Image/mirror) (5), 2010: 107-112.

  • Law, Ethics and Reflexivity in Krzysztof Kieslowśki's Decalogue, 2009,

  • Late Insight: Ideological and multicultural conflict in Late Marriage, Sociological issues in Israel (7), Winter 2009, University Center in Ariel, Israel, 2009: 214-243. Co-author: Matan Aharoni.

  • Documentation, Myth and Fiction in sixty years of Israeli Cinema, Cinema South festival 2008, Pardes Publication & Sapir Academic College, Sderot, 2008: 69-80.

  • Inter-textual reading of David Wallach's My Father My Lord, Cinema South festival 2008, Pardes Publication & Sapir Academic College, Sderot, 2008: 81-86.

  • François Truffaut Rewrites Alfred Hitchcock: A Pygmalion Trilogy, Literature/Film quarterly (LFQ), July, (35:3), 2007: 170-180.

  • Uri Zohar - The Bastard and the King of Israeli Cinema, Cinema South festival 2007, Pardes Publication & Sapir Academic College, Sderot, 2007: 156-161.

  • Media and Communication Lexicon, Writters/editors: Limor, Y., Adoni, C., Mann. R., Yediot Achronot Books and Chemed Books, Tel-Aviv, 2007. Cinema consultant and writer.

  • Preminger, A., 2005, 100 years of Zionism-100 years of Cinema in Israel, catalogue of "Die Neuen Hebräer, 100 Jahre Kunst in Israel", p. 524-531, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin.

  • Cinema explores law and ethics in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue, Shaar Ruach- Journal of Culture Art & Thoughts ( 1) Spring, Sapir Academic College, Sderot, 2005.

  • The Human Comedy of Antoine Doinel: From Honoré de Balzac to François Truffaut, The European Legacy: Journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas: (ISSEI) (9:2), 2004: 173-193.

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Prof. Amit Pinchevski

Head, The Smart Family Communications Institute
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I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where I’ve been teaching since 2004, after completing his doctoral research at McGill University, Canada. My research interests are in theory and philosophy of communication and media, focusing specifically on the limits of communication, media witnessing, memory and trauma, and media and disability.

I am the author of three book: By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication (Duquesne UP, 2005), Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma (Oxford UP, 2019), and Echo, forthcoming in 2022 from The MIT Press. I also coedited Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication (with P. Frosh; Palgrave, 2009) and Ethics of Media (with N. Couldry and M. Madianou; Palgrave, 2013). My work has appeared in academic journals such as Critical InquiryPhilosophy and RhetoricCultural CritiqueCultural StudiesPublic CultureNew Media & Society, and Theory, Culture & Society.


Research Interests

  • Theory and philosophy of communication and media

  • Media witnessing

  • Media, memory and trauma

  • The limits of communication

  • Media and disability


Selected Publications


  • Pinchevski Amit, Echo: Across Nature and Culture. The MIT Press, 2022.

  • Pinchevski Amit, Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

  • Pinchevski Amit, By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2005.

  • Couldry, Nick, Mirca Madianou and Amit Pinchevski (eds.) Ethics of Media. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

  • Frosh, Paul and Amit Pinchevski (eds.) Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication. Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan, 2009.


  • Ramati, Ido and Pinchevski, Amit (2018) “Uniform Multilingualism: A Media Genealogy of Google Translate,” New Media & Society 20 (7): 2550- 2565.

  • Levy, Hadar and Pinchevski, Amit (2017) “Resounding News: The Sound Conventions in Israeli Television Newscasts,” International Journal of Communication 11: 3355-3373.

  • Pinchevski A. (2017) “Counter-Testimony, Counter-Archive,” in D. Laub and A. Hamburger (eds.) Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimony: Unwanted Memories of Social Trauma. New York: Routledge.

  • Pinchevski, Amit (2016) “Screen Trauma: Visual Media and of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Theory, Culture and Society 33(4): 51-75.

  • Pinchevski, Amit and Peters, John Durham (2016) “Autism and New Media: Disability between Technology and Society.” New Media and Society 18(2): 2507-2523.

  • Pinchevski, Amit (2016) “Alterity,” in International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Frosh, Paul and Pinchevski, Amit (2014) “Media Witnessing and the Ripeness of Time.” Cultural Studies 28(4): 594-610.

  • Pinchevski, Amit (2014) “Levinas as a Media Theorist: Towards an Ethics of Mediation.” Philosophy and Rhetoric 47(1): 48-72.

  • Pinchevski, Amit (2012) “The Audiovisual Unconscious: Media and Trauma in the Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.” Critical Inquiry 39(1): 142-166.


Awards and Prizes

  • James A. Jaksa Scholar-In-Residence Award, National Communication Ethics Conference, 2012.

  • Senior Fellow, The Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015-2017.

  • Outstanding Book Award for Transmitted Wounds, the Israel Communication Association, 2020.

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Dr. Ido Ramati

Head, Digital screens: Communications, culture and cinema MA program
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I joined the Department of Communication and Journalism and the Program in Cultural Studies in 2020, after returning from a post-doctoral stay at the The Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM) of the Bauhaus-University, Weimar Germany. I completed my doctoral research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2018.

I study the relations between media technologies and culture, concentrating on the role that technical apparatuses play in shaping the conditions for a range of social phenomena in traditional media as well as contemporary digital culture. Combining cultural critique with historical and theoretical analysis, I explore how language and media influence ideological, political, economic and cultural processes such as the construction of linguistic and national identity.


Research Intersts

  • Language, technology, and society

  • Algorithmic culture and machine learning

  • Media spaces – museums, archives libraries

  • Human-machine interaction  


Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Ramati. (2014). “Between Israel and Germany: Therapeutic Return to the Place of Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinema,” New German Critique 41(3), 123: 179–197.

  • Ramati and A. Pinchevski. (2017). “Uniform Multilingualism: A Media Genealogy of Google Translate,” New Media & Society 20(7): 2550–2565.
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  • Ramati. (2019). “The Orientalized Phonograph: The Mechanical Recording of Oral Jewish Tradition,” Cultural Critique 102: 61-89.

  • Ramati. (2020). “Media in the Dissemination of Land-of-Israel Songs,” Studies in Contemporary Jewry 31: Textual Transmission in Contemporary Jewish Cultures (theme issue), 137-151.

  • Ramati. (2021). Aleph-bet, dits-and-dahs, zeros and ones: representing Hebrew in character code. Internet Histories, 1-18.
  • Ramati. (2021). Thumbs up and down: The cultural technique of thumb-typing. Convergence, 13548565211047165.

Book Chapters

  • Ramati. (2015). “Walk on Water: Returning to Germany as Cultural Healing,” in: Cinematic Home-comings: Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema, ed. Rebecca Prime. London: Continuum. pp. 209–226.

Other Publications

  • Ramati. (2008). “Eretz Moledet: An Analysis of the Second Aliyah Myth in the TV Series,” Slil: An Online Journal for History, Cinema and Television 1: 10-25 (in Hebrew). Available at:

  • Ramati. (2011). “Images in Transformation: Representations of Germany and Germans in Contemporary Israeli Fiction Cinema,” Working Papers Series, European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010-11), 40 pp.
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Awards and Prizes

  • 2021 Golda Meir Fellowship Award

  • The Smart Institute research grant.‎

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Minerva Stiftung.‎

  • The Hebrew University President’s Scholarship for Outstanding PhD Students.‎

  • The Smart Family Institute of Communications Research Grant.‎

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Prof. Tamir  Sheafer

Prof. Tamir Sheafer

Dean, Faculty of Social Science
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Academic Background and Fields of Interests

I am a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Communication and Journalism, and one of the founders of the university’s Political Communication program. My main area of research and teaching is political communication. My theoretical and empirical efforts are focused on bringing the media into political processes and political science models, and introducing politics into media theories. My research so far has focused on issues such as the role of charisma in politics, political personalization, media effects in Israeli political campaigns, media effects during political conflicts and mediated public diplomacy.


Currently I am involved in a large-scaled project that centers on the effects of political culture and narrative proximity between nations, and their role in such issues as international communication flow and public diplomacy.


I have a lot of experience in political and media consultation for Israeli politicians and public organizations. In the past I have worked as a reporter for the Hadashot daily newspaper.


Selected publications:

  • Sheafer, T. (2001). Charismatic Skill and Media Legitimacy: An Actor-Centered Approach to Understanding the Political Communication Competition. Communication Research, 28(6), 711-736.  

  • Sheafer, T., & Weimann, G. (2005). Agenda-Building, Agenda-Setting, Priming, Individual Voting Intentions and the Aggregate Results: An Analysis of Four Israeli Elections. Journal of Communication, 55(2), 347-365.  

  • Rahat, G., & Sheafer, T. (2007). The Personalization(s) of Politics: Israel 1949-2003. Political Communication, 24(1), 65-80.  

  • Sheafer, T. (2007). How to evaluate it: The role of story evaluative tone in agenda setting and priming. Journal of Communication, 57(1), 21-39.  

  • Sheafer, T., & Wolfsfeld, G. (2009). Party Systems and Oppositional Voices in the News Media. International Journal of Press/Politics, 14(2), 146-165.  

  • Sheafer, T., & Gabay, I. (2009). Mediated public diplomacy: A strategic contest over international agenda building and frame building. Political Communication, 26(4), 447–467.

  • Balmas, M., & Sheafer, T. (2010). Candidate image in election campaigns: Attribute agenda setting, affective priming, and voting behavior. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 22(2), 204-229.  

  • Sheafer, T., Shenhav, S. R., & Goldstein, K. (2010). Voting for our story: A Narrative Model of Electoral Choice in Multiparty Systems. Comparative Political Studies, 44(3), 313-338.

  • Sheafer, T., Shenhav, S. R. (forthcoming). Political Culture Congruence and Political Stability: Revisiting the Hypothesis with Prospect Theory. Journal of Conflict Resolution.

  • Balmas, M., & Sheafer, T. (forthcoming).  Leaders first, countries after: Mediated political personalization in the international arena. Journal of Communication.

  • Sheafer, T., Shenhav, S., Takens, J., & van Atteveldt, W. (forthcoming). Relative Political and Value Proximity in Mediated Public Diplomacy: The Effect of State-Level Homophily on International Frame Building. Political Communication.

  • Shenhav, S. R., Oshri, O., Ofek, D., & Sheafer, T. (forthcoming). Story coalitions: Some implications of applying narrative theory to the study of coalition formation. Political Psychology.


Recent Activities and Awards:

  • Appointed Vice Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty.

  • Prof. Tamir Sheafer and colleagues from Belgium and Canada, lead by Prof. Stefaan Walgrave from Antwerp University, won 2.5 Million-Euro research grant from European Union to study information processing by politicians.

  • Member in NEPOCS: The Network of European Political Communication Scholars.

  • Appointed to Editorial boards: International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Communication, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

  • Chair of the political communication MA program.

  • Receipient of two grants from the Israel Science Foundation. The latest grant is for research on mapping the World of Political Culture: The Political and Political Communication Effects of Cultural Resonance (With Shaul Shenhav) $55,500.

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