Prof. Lilach Nir


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Prof. Lilach Nir

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 social-network effects on political attitudes, cognitions and behavior. Prof. Nir is a former Fulbright Fellow to the United States. Her publications include journal articles on news-framing and public discourse, public opinion perceptions, the internet and the family, conversational dynamics of online political discussions, social network diversity and participation, developing a novel measure of opinion quality, 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 Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Communication Theory, Political Studies, and the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.


  • Nir, Lilach (2012). Public space: How shared news landscapes close gaps in political engagement. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 56 (4), 578-596

  • Nir, Lilach (2012). Cross-national differences in political discussion: Can political systems narrow deliberation gaps? Journal of Communication, 62, 553-570.

  • Nir, L. (2011). Disagreement and opposition in social networks: Does disagreement discourage turnout? Political Studies, 59, 674-692.

  • Nir, L. (2011). Motivated reasoning and public opinion perception. Public Opinion Quarterly, 75, 504-532.

  • Mutz, D.C. & Nir, L. (2010). Not necessarily the news: Does fictional television influence political attitudes? Mass Communication and Society, 13, (2) 196-217.

  • Nir, L. & Knafo, A. (2009). Reason within passion: Values as motivational anchors of Israeli opinion on the 2006 Lebanon War and ceasefire. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1167, 146-157.

  • Nir, L. & Druckman, J. N. (2008). Campaign mixed-message flows and timing of vote decision.International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 20, 326-346.

  • Price, V., Nir, L., & Cappella, J. N. (2006). Normative and informational influences in online political discussions. Communication Theory, 16, 47-74.

  • Nir, L. (2005). Ambivalent social networks and their consequences for participation. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 17, 422-442.

  • Nir, L. (2005). Political disagreement: The survival of diverse opinions within communication networks. Public Opinion Quarterly, 69, 473-476.

  • Price, V., Nir, L., & Cappella, J. N. (2005). Framing public discussion of gay civil unions. Public Opinion Quarterly, 69, 179-212.

  • Turow, J., & Nir, L. (2003). The Internet and the family: The views of parents and youngsters. In J. Turow & A. L. Kavanaugh (Eds.), The wired homestead: An MIT Press sourcebook on the Internet and the family (pp. 161-206). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  • Price, V., Cappella, J. N., & Nir, L. (2002). Does disagreement contribute to more deliberative opinion? Political Communication, 19, 95-112.

  • Cappella, J. N., Price, V., & Nir, L. (2002). Argument repertoire as a reliable and valid measure of opinion quality: Electronic dialogue during campaign 2000.  Political Communication, 19, 73-93.

  • Turow, J., & Nir, L. (2000). The Internet and the family 2000: The view from parents, the view from kids. The Annenberg Public Policy Center reports series, 33. Philadelphia: Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Turow, J., & Nir, L. (2000). The Internet and the family: The view of U.S. parents. In C. von Feilitzen & U. Carlsson (Eds.), Children and media violence yearbook 2000: Children in the new media landscape (pp. 331-348). Goteborg, Sweden: UNESCO/ Nordicom.

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