Dr. Meital Balmas Cohen



Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Meital Balmas-Cohen (Ph.D., 2012) is a senior lecturer 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.



  • Balmas, M. (forthcoming). 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.
  • Balmas, M. (forthcoming). Bad News: The Changing Coverage of National Leaders in Foreign Media of Western Democracies. Mass Communication and Society.
  • Friedman, E PI., Kampf, Z PI. & Balmas, M PI. (forthcoming). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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., 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 PI. & Sheafer, T PI. (2014). Charismatic Leaders and Mediated Personalization in the International Arena. Communication Research, 41: 991-1015
  • Balmas, M PI. & Sheafer, T PI. (2013). Leaders First, Countries After: Political Personalization in the International Media Arena. Journal of Communication, 63: 454-475.
  • 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. (2010). Candidate Image in Election Campaigns: Attribute Agenda Setting, Affective Priming, and Voting Intentions. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 22: 204-229.



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