Prof. Zohar Kampf


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 language, media 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, mediated political interactions and 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 Resident Scholar at Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania). Since 2017 I serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Pragmatics.

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 under which amicable actions enhance interstate relationships.

In the following link you will find academic self-presentation, originally prepared for the Annenberg School for Communications' Scholars Program in Culture and Communication (January 2015):


Selected Publications:


  • Kampf, Z. and Liebes, T. (2013). Transforming Media Coverage of Violent Conflicts: The New Face of War. Palgrave McMillan

  • Liebes, T. and Kampf, Z. (2012). The Changing Media Coverage of War and Terror. Modan: Tel-Aviv (Hebrew)

Edited Journals

  • Liebes T and Kampf, Z. (eds.) (2009). Who’s the Bigger Brother? How War Aggravates the Relationships among Media, Government, and Public. Special Issue of The Communication Review. 19(3).

Chapters in Collections (partial list)

  • Kampf, Z & Katriel T. (forthcoming). Political Condemnations:  Public Speech Acts and the Moralization of Discourse). The Handbook of Communication in Cross-Cultural Perspective. D. Carbaugh (Ed.). New-York: Routledge.
  • Kampf. Z. (forthcoming) Political Discourse Analysis. International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Tracy, K.  (ed). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Kampf, Z. (forthcoming 2015) Appeasing Truth:  How Historical Facts are Discursively (Re)constructed in Processes of Reconciliation. In: Revenge, Retribution, Reconciliation: Justice and Emotions between Conflict and Mediation. Jerusalem: Magnes Press.
  • Kampf, Z. (2013) Mediated Performatives. In J. O Östman  and J. Verschueren, Handbook of Pragmatics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Pp. 1-24.
  • Kampf, Z. (2013) The discourse of public apologies: Modes of realization, interpretation and mediation. In:  Daniel Cuypers, Daniel Janssen, Jacques Haers, Barbara Segaert (eds.) Public Apologies between Ritual and Regret. Amsterdam: Rodo
  • Hamo, M. Kampf, Z. & Blum-Kulka  (2013). Discourse Analysis: Research trends and principles. In: Blum-Kulka, S. and Sofer, O. (eds). Media Discourse. Ramat Aviv: Open University Press.
  • Kampf, Z . and Dasksal, E. (2011). When the watchdog bites: Insulting politicians on air. In: M. Ekström and M. Patrona (eds.). Talking Politics in the Broadcast Media (pp. 177-198). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Kampf, Z. and Blum-Kulka, S. (2011). Why Israeli Children are better at Settling Disputes than Israeli Politicians?  In: F. Bargiela-Chiappini and D. Kádár (eds.). Politeness across Cultures (pp. 85-105). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Liebes, T. and Kampf, Z. (2007). From "spider web" to "fortified wall" and back: The changing positions of the Israeli home front during the second Lebanon war. Monograph, Tel Aviv: Herzog Institute for Communication, Society and Politics. (Hebrew) 
  • Liebes, T. and Kampf, Z (2004). "The P.R. of Terror: How New-Style Wars Give Voice to Terrorists." In: S. Allan, and B. Zelizer, (eds.) Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime, (pp. 77-95). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Blum-Kulka, S., Kampf, Z. and Liebes, T. (2003) “Talking with the enemy?”: Interviews with Palestinians during the second Intifada', In: Y, Shlesinger and M, Muchnik (eds.), Lamed Le ILASH (Studies in Modern Hebrew). Jerusalem: Tzivonim Publishing (Hebrew)


  • Kampf, Z. & Danziger, R. (forthcoming 2018). "You run faster than Messi and jump higher than Jordan": The Art of Complimenting and Praising in Political Discourse. Journal of Politeness Research
  • Friedman, E, Kampf, Balmas, M. (2017) 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.
  • Kampf, Z (2016). All the Best! Performing Solidarity in Political Discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 93(3) 47-60.
  • Kampf, Z (2016). Rhetorical Bypasses: Connecting with the hearts and minds of people on the opponent’s side. Journal of Multicultural Discourses 11(2), 149-163. 
  • Friedman, E, Kampf, Z.Balmas, M. (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.
  • Daskal, E. & Kampf, Z (forthcoming). Stop griping, start complaining: How public discontent can trigger a change in broadcasted entertainment content? Media, Culture and Society
  •  Gal, N. Shifman, L. & Kampf, Z. (2015) ‘It Gets Better’: Internet memes and the construction of collective identity. New Media and Society
  • Kampf, Z. (2015). The politics of being insulted: the uses of hurt feelings in Israeli public discourse. Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. 3(1)
  • Kampf, Z. & Hamo, M. (2015).Children talking television: The salience and functions of media content in child peer interactions. Discourse and Communication
  • Friedman, E & Kampf, Z. (2014). Politically speaking at home and abroad: A typology of message gaps strategies. Discourse & Society 25(6), 706-724.
  • Kampf Z. and Daskal, E. (2014). Communicating Imperfection: The Ethical Principles of News Corrections. Communication Theory, 24(2), 165-185.‏
  • Kampf, Z. (2014). News Media and Terrorism: Changing Relationship, Changing Definitions. Sociology Compass, 8(1), 1-9.
  • Kampf Z. and Daskal, E. (2013). Too Hostile, too Deferential: Processes of Media Answerability in the wake of Political Interviews. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism 14(4), 522-540.
  • Kampf. Z.(2012). From “there are no Palestinian people” to “sorry for their suffering”: Israeli discourse of recognition in the Palestinians. Journal of Language and Politics.
  • Kampf. Z. and Löwenheim N. (2012). Rituals of apology in the international arena. Security Dialogue, 43(1): 43-60.
  • Kampf, Z. and Blum-Kulka, S. (2011). The Functions of sorry in Israeli Public and Everyday Discourses. Helkat Lashon, 43-44: 367-391. (Hebrew)
  • Kampf, Z. (2011). Journalists as Actors in Social Dramas of Apology. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism 12(1): 71-87.
  • Liebes, T and Kampf, Z. (2010). Homullus Medius: Transforming the Logic of Reporting Asymmetric Conflict. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict 3(2): 86-98
  • Hamo, M. Kampf, Z. and Shifman, L. (2010).  “Surviving the "Mock Interview": Challenges to Political Communicative Competence in Contemporary Televised Discourse". Media, Culture and Society. 32(2): 247-266.
  • Liebes, T and Kampf, Z. (2009). ‘Hallo? This is Jerusalem Calling: The Role of "Kol Jerusalem" in Reviving Hebrew Speech (1936-1948). (2010) Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture. 29(2).
  • Kampf, Z. (2009). The age of apology: evidence from the Israeli public discourse. Social Semiotics, 19 (3): 257-273.
  • Liebes, T. and Kampf, Z. (2009). From black and white to shades of grey: Palestinians in the Israeli media in the second Intifada. International Journal of Press/Politics 14(4): 434-453.
  • Kampf, Z. (2009). Public (Non-) apologies: The Discourse of Minimizing Responsibility. Journal of Pragmatics 41(11): 2257-2270.
  • Liebes, T. and Kampf, Z. (2009). Performance journalism: The case of media's coverage of war and terror. The Communication Review 19(3): 239-249.
  • Kampf, Z. (2008) ‘The Pragmatics of Forgiveness: Judgments of Apologies in the Israeli Political Arena’, Discourse & Society 19(5): 577-598.
  • Liebes, T., Kampf, Z, and Blum-Kulka, S. (2008) "Saddam on CBS and Arafat on IBA: Addressing the Enemy on Television. Political Communication 25(3): 311-329.
  • Kampf, Z and Blum-Kulka, S. (2007). Do children apologize to each other? Apology events in young Israeli peer discourse. Journal of Politeness Research. 3(1): 11-27.
  • Liebes, T. and Kampf, Z (2007). "Routinizing terror: Media coverage and public practices: Israel 1996-2004." The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. 12 (1): 108-116.
  • Kampf, Z. (2006). "Blood on their hands: The story of a photograph in the Israeli National discourse."  Semiotica. 162:  263-286.

Recent Activities and Awards  

  • 2017-2019     Associate Editor, Journal of Pragmatics
  • 2016-2019     Israel Science Foundation: research grant. Project title: “Performing Peace: understanding the conditions for achieving the (re-)conciliatory consequences of discursive actions” (105,000$)
  • 2009-2016    Six teaching distinction, Faculty of Social Science, Hebrew University
  • 2014 Top Paper Award, International Communication Association, Popular Communication
  • 2012-2013    The Second Authority for Radio and Television. "Children Talking Television" (With Prof. Shoshana Blum-Kulka and Anat Regev) (10000$)
  • 2011 Social Science Dean's Prize for Young Researcher
  • 2009-2012  Israel Science Foundation: research grant. Project title: “Apologizing for misinformation: An analysis of media's attempts to restore credibility” (With Tamar Liebes) (55,000$)