Prof. Lilach Nir

Office hours: Thursday 9:00-10:00. by appointment only
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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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Prof. Limor Shifman

Prof. Limor Shifman

Chair, Screening Committee
Head, The Smart Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies in Communication
Office hours: Tuesday 12:00- 13:00. by appointment only
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I am a professor at the Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. I study digital media and popular culture, and am particularly interested in two realms: understanding the big meaning of small texts (such as jokes) and identifying patterns in seemingly chaotic universes of user generated contentI am currently leading an ERC-funded project on the construction of values in social media.


Research Interests

  • Values

  • Memes

  • Popular culture

  • Social media


Selected Publications

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Awards and Prizes

  • Bruno Award, 2016 

  • Top paper Awards, International Communication Association (2012, 2014,2017,2021)



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Dr. Gadi Taub

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Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Born in Jerusalem, I studied history and general humanities at Tel Aviv University, while working for the Israel Broadcasting Authority as a presenter and screenplay and radio-play writer, for both the radio and the  children’s television departments. Meanwhile I wrote children’s books, a collection of short stories, and a non-fiction book on contemporary Israeli culture. I completed a Ph.D. in American history at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. I have since worked regularly in the Israeli press as a commentator, both in print and broadcast media.


My research interests include political ideology, the influence of American culture on Israel, psychoanalytic theory, and gender and sexuality.


Selected publications:

Books (nonfiction)

  • Against Solitude,  Vol. 1: Impressions, (Hebrew, Tel Aviv, Yedioth Sfarim, 2011).

  • The Settlers and the Struggle over the Meaning of Zionism, (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2010).

  • A Dispirited Rebellion - Essays on Contemporary Israeli Culture, (Tel Aviv, Hakibutz Hameuchad, 1997).

  • Against Solitude, Vol. 2: Thoughts, (Hebrew, Yedioth Sfarim, forthcoming)

Books (fiction)

  • Things I Keep to Myself, (Jerusalem, Keter, 1990). (Hebrew, fiction for children).

  • Things I Keep from Yael, (Jerusalem, Keter, 1992). (Hebrew, fiction for children).

  • What Might Have Happened Had We Forgotten Dov, (Tel Aviv, Hakibutz Hameuchad, 1992). (Hebrew, short stories).

  • The Witch From 3 Melchet Street, (Jerusalem, Keter, 2000). (Hebrew, fiction for children).

  • The Giraffe Who Liked to Feel Sorry for Himself, (Jerusalem, Keter, 2003). (Hebrew, fiction for children). English version published by Scholastic, 2006.

  • The Deer Who Liked Everything Clean, (Jerusalem, Keter, 2005). (Hebrew, fiction for children.)

  • The Lion Who Thought He was a Coward, (Tel Aviv, Yedioth Sfarim, 2007). (Hebrew, fiction for children).

  • Allenby Street, (Tel Aviv, Yedioth Sfarim, 2009). (Hebrew, novel).

Selected Articles

  • "A Confusion of Tongues Between Psychoanalysis and Philosophy," The International Journal of Psychoanalysis (2009) 90:507-527).

  • "The Shift in Israeli Ideas Concerning the Individual and the Collective," in Hazem Saghie (ed.), The Predicament of the Individual in the Middle East, (London: Saqi Books, 2001).

  • "Post-Zionism: The French-American-Israeli Connection," in Tuvia Frilling (ed.), An Answer to a Post-Zionist Colleague, (Yedioth Sfarim, 2003). (Hebrew, French).

  • “Introduction: Liberty, Nationalism and Democracy – the Work of Theodore Herzl” inBinyamin Ze’ev Herzl: the State of the Jews and Altneuland, Am Hasefer Series, Dov Eichenwald (editor in chief), Hebrew, Yedioth Sfarim, 2008).

  • "Nothing beyond the Self: Young Writers and the Loss of Public Sphere," in Yigal Schwartz and Gabriella Steindler Moscati (eds), Three Generations of Writers Confronted: Essays on Israeli Literature, (Napoli Editoriale Scientifica, 2009). (Italian).

  • "The American Sixties In Israel," Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 13, (Sde-Boker: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, 2003). (Hebrew)

  • "Can Nationalism and Democracy be Understood Apart? The Case of Zionism and its Critics,"The Journal of Israeli History, Vol. 26, No. 2, September 2007, pp. 157-177.

  • "God's Politics in Israel's Supreme Court: The Retreat of Theology in Religious Settlers' Politics," Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, vol. 6, No. 3, November 2007, pp. 289-299.

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Prof. Keren Tenenboim- Weinblatt

Head, Internship Program
Office hours: Sunday 16:00-17:00. by appointment only.
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eren Tenenboim-Weinblatt is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research is in the fields of political communication and journalism, with a particular interest in the temporal dimensions of journalism and the role played by the news media in constructing and negotiating collective pasts and futures. She is currently leading the ERC-funded project “Mediating the Future: The Social Dynamics of Public Projections” (PROFECI) and takes part in a couple of international research networks, including The Worlds of Journalism Study and Project NET, a study of the consumption of news, entertainment, and technology in Argentina, Finland, Israel, Japan, and the United States.


She serves as Associate Editor of Journal of Communication and head of the Internship Program of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and she served as Chair of the Journalism Studies Division at the International Communication Association (2018-2020). She received her PhD in 2011 from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.


Selected Publications

  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K., & Lee, C. J. (2020). Speaking across communication subfields. Journal of Communication, 70(3), 303–309.

Media & Tim

  • Aharoni, T., Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K., Baden, C., & Overbeck, M. (2020). Dynamics of (dis) trust between the news media and their audience: The case of the April 2019 Israeli exit polls. Journalism.
  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2018). Media projections and Trump’s election: A self-defeating prophecy? In P. J. Boczkowski & Z. Papacharissi (Eds.), Trump and the Media (pp. 111-118). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. & Neiger, M. (2018). Temporal affordances in the news. Journalism, 19(1), 37-55.
  • Neiger, M. & Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2016). Understanding journalism through a nuanced deconstruction of temporal layers in news narratives. Journal of Communication, 66(1), 139-160. [Dan Aubrey Award for Outstanding Article in Communication 2017].
  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. & Neiger, M. (2015). Print is future, Online is past: Cross-Media analysis of temporal orientations in the news. Communication Research, 42(8), 1047-1067.
  • Zelizer, B. and Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2014). Journalism and Memory. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2013). Bridging collective memories and public agendas: Toward a theory of mediated prospective memory. Communication Theory23(2), 91-111. [The ICA Outstanding Article Award 2014]

Journalism & Conflict

  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K., & Baden, C. (2021). Gendered communication styles in the news: An algorithmic comparative study of conflict coverage. Communication Research48(2), 233-256.
  • Aharoni, T., & Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2019). Unpacking Journalists’ (Dis)Trust: Expressions of Suspicion in the Narratives of Journalists Covering the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The International Journal of Press/Politics24(4), 426–443.
  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. & Baden, C. (2018). Journalistic transformation: How source texts are turned into news stories. Journalism, 19(4), 481-499.
  • Baden, C., and Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2017). Convergent news? A longitudinal study of similarity and dissimilarity in the domestic and global coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Journal of Communication67(1), 1-25. 
  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K, Hanitzsch, T., & Nagar, R. (2016). Beyond peace journalism: Reclassifying conflict narratives in the Israeli news media. Journal of Peace Research, 53(2), 151-165.
  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2014). Producing protest news: An inquiry into journalists’ narratives. International Journal of Press/Politics19(4), 410-429.

News Audiences

  • Boczkowski, P. J., Suenzo, F., Mitchelstein, E., Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K., Hayashi, K., & Villi, M. (2021). From the barbecue to the sauna: A comparative account of the folding of media reception into the everyday life. New Media & Society
  • Aharoni, T., Kligler-Vilenchik, N., & Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2021). “Be Less of a Slave to the News”: A Texto-Material Perspective on News Avoidance among Young Adults. Journalism Studies22(1), 42-59.
  • Mitchelstein, E., Boczkowski, P., Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K., Hayashi, K., Villi, M., and Kligler-Vilenchik, K. (2020). Incidentality on a continuum: A comparative conceptualization of incidental news consumption. Journalism
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