Sandra Simonsen



Academic Background and Fields of Interest


Sandra Simonsen is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests include language, ideology and perception, and the interplay between the three as a motivation for action. The topic of Sandra Simonsen’s dissertation is media representations of violence inflicted by various religious groups in several contexts, and her methodological approach departs from an understanding of discourse analysis as the analysis of the social construction, production, transformation and circulation of knowledge. The study is supervised by Dr. Zohar Kampf and Dr. Carsten Bagge Laustsen.


Sandra Simonsen completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Aarhus University (Denmark) in 2012. She explored the life-affirming dimension of Nietzsche’s philosophy in her BA thesis by analyzing the concepts “the Superhuman”, “Will to Power” and “the Eternal Recurrence”. In 2015, she completed her Master’s Degree in Journalism from Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Sandra’s MA thesis, which was based upon a qualitative and quantitative content analysis, examined how the Israeli Foreign Ministry legitimized the war against Hamas in Gaza in 2014.

Research interests

  • Media, journalism, political communication, discourse analysis, religious and political conflict, violence, ideology, language and owls.

Awards and grants

  • 2016: Communication Scholarship from the Department of Communication and Journalism, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

  • 2016: Research grant from the Augustinus Foundation (Augustinus Fonden)

  • 2016: Research grant from Foundation of the Daily Press (Dagspressens Fond)

Previous work

  • 2015: Communications and project worker in Al-Razi. (Palestinian NGO located in Al-Ram, Jerusalem)

  • 2014: Communications worker in the Danish House in Palestine. (Danish NGO located in Ramallah)

  • 2013: Communications and Press worker at Radikale Venstre (Danish political party then in government)