Dr. Meital Balmas Cohen

 

 

Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Meital Balmas-Cohen (Ph.D., 2012) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Between the years 2012-2013 she was a visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. Her research on international political personalization is the first international comparative analysis that has been undertaken in the field. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Party Politics and the international Journal of Public opinion research.

Publications:

  • Soroka, S., Young, L., & Balmas, M. (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.

  • Balmas, M., Sheafer, T., & Wolfsfeld, G. (2015). Enemies Also Get Their Say: Press Performance During Political Crises. International Journal of Communication, 9, 21.

  • 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., Rahat, G., Sheafer, T., & Shenhav, S. (2014). Two Routes to Personalized Politics: Centralized and Decentralized Personalization. Party Politics, 20: 37-51.

  • Balmas, M & Sheafer, T. (2013). Leaders First, Countries After: Political Personalization in the International Media Arena. Journal of Communication, 63, 454-475.

  • Balmas, M.&  Sheafer, T. (2010). Candidate Image in Election Campaigns: Attribute Agenda Setting, Affective Priming, and Voting Intentions. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 22 (2), 204-229.

  • Sheafer, T., Shenhav, S., & Balmas, M. (2013). Politicians as Communicators. In Reinemann, C (Ed.),Handbook of Communication Science. Berlin: deGruyter Mouton.

  • Balmas, M. & Sheafer, T. (forthcoming). Personalization of politics. The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Balmas, M & Sheafer, T. (forthcoming). Charismatic Leaders and Mediated Personalization in the International Arena. Communication Research.

  • Balmas, M., Sheafer, T., & Wolfsfeld, G. (forthcoming). Enemies also get their Say: Press Performance During Political Crises. International Journal of Communication.

Recent Activities and Awards

  • 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: Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, the Department of Political Science