Academic Background and Fields of Interest
I am Associate Professor of Language and communication and the head of doctoral program of the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. My main research interest lies in the multifaceted ties between media, language and politics. My specialization in the field of discourse analysis, acquired during my doctoral years at the Hebrew University (2004-2007), and later at the UCLA center of Language, Interaction and Culture (2007-2008), is applied to processes of communication in everyday and public settings and their intersections. These linkages appear in my studies on public speech acts, such as apologies, forgiveness, complaints, congratulations, condemnations and compliments, on mediated political interactions and on 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 Scholar at Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania).
My current research project (Performing Peace: understanding the conditions for achieving the (re-)conciliatory consequences of discursive actions; funded by the Israeli Scientific Foundation, 2016-2019) adopts the conceptual frameworks of speech act theory, politeness theory, and peace communication in order to identify the conditions and contexts under which solidarity-oriented actions enhance relationships between nations in global affairs.
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Recent Activities and Awards