Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig
Home Address: 3/2 Yitzchak Sadeh St., Kfar Saba 4423918, ISRAEL
Work Address: School of Communication, Bar-Ilan University, 52900 Ramat Gan, ISRAEL
Telephone: Home: +972-9-9744440 Mobile: +972-52-3410163 Work: (department secretary) +972-3-5317060/61 U.S. Mobile: 401-626-1187
Website: www.profslw.com Wiki: he.wikipedia.org/wiki/שמואל_ליימן-ווילציג
Birthplace: New York, U.S.A. Birthdate: May 25, 1949 Citizenship: U.S. & Israel (dual)
Family Status: Married + 2 children
Higher Education: B.A. 1971 – City College of New York, Political Science
PhD 1976 – Harvard University, Government
Employment History and Dates of Promotion in Rank (Bar-Ilan University):
Chairman (Oct. 2014 – Sept. 2016): School of Communication, Bar-Ilan University.
Deputy Director (Oct. 2011 – Sept. 2014): School of Communication, Bar-Ilan University.
Chairman (Oct. 2004 – Sept. 2007): Department of Political Studies.
Vice Chairman (Oct. 2002 – Aug. 2004): Department of Political Studies, in charge of Public Communications Program: B.A., M.A. & PhD.
Assoc. Professor (Dec. 1993 – Present): Department of Political Studies, 1993-2011 (also, Titular Head of the department’s B.A., M.A. & PhD Public Communications Program, Oct. 1998 – Sept. 2002); School of Communication, 2011 – Present.
Chairman (Oct. 1991 – Sept. 1996): Division of Journalism & Communications Studies (professional, certificate program).
Senior Lecturer (Oct. 1985 – Nov. 1993): Department of Political Studies (full-time), and Division for Journalism & Public Communications (half-time adjunct).
Lecturer (Oct. 1979 – 1985): Department of Political Studies (full-time) & Div. of Pub. Comm. (half-time adjunct, 1981 – 1985).
Senior Instructor (Oct. 1977 – 1979): Department of Political Studies.
Other Significant Work:
Visiting Professor, Blanquerna College, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona Spain (Feb. – March 2017): Teaching a 6-week Learning Unit — “Media & Democracy” — in the university’s international B.A. program.
Academic Referee for Council of Higher Education (Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017): Review and submit detailed recommendation regarding final approval of Kiryat Ono Academic College’s “Strategic Communications” B.A.
Member, Government Committee Reevaluating Commercial Broadcasting (Feb. – Dec. 2014):
Minister of Communications, Gilad Erdan, set up the committee with official government approval to reevaluate all radio and TV commercial broadcasting in Israel, given significant changes brought about by new media. Because of ministerial changes and the Israel election campaign, the committee recommendations report submitted June 2015.
Visiting Professor (Sabbatical leave from Bar-Ilan U; Jan. 2013 – May 2013): Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. Teaching two advanced seminar courses (“Elections in Israel” and “Israel Media Campaigns”).
Chairman, Best Article Prize Committee (2012): Annual Graduate Conference in Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy, hosted at Hebrew University (Dec. 12-14).
Chairman, Referee Committee (Poli Sci + Communications) (2012): PhD Dissertation Grant Competition, Israel Foundations Trustees.
Academic Referee (2010; 2011): Second Channel Authority — Research Grant Competitions.
Senior Fellow (Oct. 2010 — present): Center for International Communication, Bar-Ilan University.
Visiting Professor (Sabbatical leave from Bar-Ilan U; Sept. 2008 – June 2009): Program for Judaic Studies, Brown University, as Schusterman Foundation Visiting Israeli Scholar. In addition to four, semester courses taught, 6 public lectures were presented in Providence and 21 public lectures around the U.S. on various campuses (e.g. U of Penn, Bryn Mawr, Case Western Reserve U, Rice U, Florida Atlantic U, Haverford) and Jewish community groups (e.g. Albuquerque NM, Columbia SC, Toledo OH, Chicago IL, New York NY).
2007 Best Article of the Year Award Judging Committee – ICA Political Communication Division, 2008.
Adjunct Professor (Oct. 2001 – 2008): Dept. of Communications (2001-2004, 1/2 time; 2004-2008, 1/4 time), Netanya College.
Chairman, Program Approval Committee (March 2005 – Jan. 2006): Israel Council of Higher Education (YOSH MALAG), for Ariel College/University, Mass Communications Program.
Chairman: Final Certification Committee (Summer 2006 – 2012).
Editorial Board Member
(2001 – 2006): POLITIKAH: Journal of Political Science and International Relations (Leonard Davis Institute, Hebrew University, Jerusalem).
(2007 – present): QESHER: Journal of Media and Communications History in Israel and the Jewish World (Bronfman Institute, Tel Aviv University).
(Nov. 2015 – present): NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY (Sage Publishing).
Head (Oct. 2001 – 2005): Center for International Communications & Policy (Bar-Ilan University).
Chairman (Oct. 2001 – Sept. 2004): Steering Committee, Division of Journalism and Communications Studies (Bar-Ilan University).
Member, Program Approval Committee (March 2002 – April 2003): Israel Council of Higher Education ( MALAG), for Lifschitz College, Mass Communications Program.
Chairman (1997-1999): Israel Political Science Association.
Chairman, Ministry of Education Steering Committee for Establishment of Communications Studies Programs in the Public Religious School System (Nov. 1996 – June 2000; from 2002 – 2005: Advisor for Program Implementation).
Board of Trustees Member, Institute for Education and Communal Research, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University (1997 – 2007).
(Jan. 2010 – Sept. 2013): Providence Jewish Voice & Herald [Bi-weekly opinion column: “Reflections of/in Israel”]
(Dec. 2004 – Sept. 2007): Political Science Dep’t site, Bar-Ilan University [Weekly Blog: “Higher Education” [Hebrew] (in my capacity as Department Chair).
(Nov. 1999 – Aug. 2000): “Ha’amud Ha’rishon” [Weekly column: Internet Newspaper – Netking]
(Dec. 1993 – June 1999): “Otot” [Monthly column: Israel’s Trade Journal of Journalism, Marketing and Advertising]
(Nov. 1998 – Nov. 2000): “Ma Be’Petakh” [Weekly column: Petach Tikva newspaper]
(1993 – 1998): “Va’adim” [Monthly column: Israel’s Journal of Labor & Trade Unions].
College Program Academic Advisor (1994 – 1996): Emek Ha’yarden College (‘94-’96); “Orot” Teacher’s College (‘96 – ‘98); Judaea & Samaria College – “Ariel” (1999). Establishing programs in “Mass Communications”.
Professional School Academic Advisor (1992 – 2001): “ABUDI” School of Advertising.
Grade School Advisor (1996; 1998): Establishing specialty programs in “Communications”.
“Alon” Elementary School, Bat Yam (1996);
“Yarden” Elementary School, Tel Aviv (1997);
“Bar-Ilan” Elementary School, Herzliya (1998).
Public Relations Consultant (March 1994 – June 1995): Holon Municipality – setting up public committees for improving the city’s programs and image through public participation.
Visiting Professor (Sabbatical leave; Sept. 1989 – Aug. 1990): Dep’t of Political Science, through the aegis of The Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies, Annual Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Israeli Affairs – San Diego State University. Taught four courses and gave weekly public lectures.
Special Research Assistant on Education (Sept. 1976 – Aug. 1977): Comptroller’s Office, City of NY.
Series Lecturer (Oct. 1974 – Dec. 1976): Theodore Herzl Institute for Adult Education (New York City).
Teaching Fellow (Sept. 1973 – June 1976): Harvard University.
Visiting Lecturer (Jan. – June 1976): Suffolk University (Boston, MA).
Areas of Expertise:
1) Israeli Politics (especially Political & Electoral Communication; Public Protest & Alternative Socio-
2) New Media (Internet, wireless telephony, digital communications, etc.): a- Evolutionary
Development; b- Influence on Society and Politics; c- Virtuality.
3) Information (Post-Industrial) Society and Politics: Prediction, Planning & Public Policymaking.
4) Jewish Political Tradition
Courses Presently (*) & Recently Taught (since 2005):
1) *New Media: Technology & Society (B.A. required course – Bar-Ilan U)
2) *The Information Age: Communications, Politics & Society in the 21st Century (B.A. elective course) – Bar-Ilan U.; Brown U (2008-09) & Netanya College (in 2005-06, as a seminar)
3) * Publications, Teaching and the Academic World (bi-annual PhD workshop course) – Bar-Ilan U.
4) * Internet Revolution – Bar-Ilan U. (online M.A. elective); Netanya College (2006-2008, B.A.
5) * Virtuality (M.A. elective course — Bar-Ilan U; starting Fall 2014).
6) Life Cycle of New Media (B.A. elective course — Bar-Ilan U).
7) Elections in Israel (B.A. research seminar — University of Maryland).
8) Political Communication: Media Campaigns in Israel (M.A./B.A. research seminar — U of Maryland)
9) Introduction to Mass Communications (B.A.) – Bar-Ilan U. & Netanya College.
10) Zionism, Anti-Zionism & Post-Zionism: Israel – Past, Present, Future (B.A. elective) – Brown U
11) Current Events in Israel (in Hebrew, for native English speakers; B.A. elective) – Brown U
12) Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History, Politics & Government (B.A. seminar) – Brown U
Courses Previously Taught (Pre-2005):
1) Israeli Politics & Government (B.A. elective) – Bar-Ilan U
2) Intro to Government & Politics (B.A. required) – Bar-Ilan U
3) Western Democracies (B.A. required) – Bar-Ilan U
4) Selected Issues in American Politics (B.A. elective) – Bar-Ilan U
5) Israeli Extra-Parliamentary Behavior (B.A. seminar) – Bar-Ilan U
6) Performing & Writing Research (preparatory for M.A. thesis) — Bar-Ilan U
Professional Association Membership (Current):
International Communication Association (ICA)
Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Media Ecology Association (MEA)
Israel Communication Association (IsCA)
Israel Political Science Association (IsPSA)
Association for Israel Studies (ISA)
Media Appearances: Over the years, many interview appearances on Israeli radio and TV on a range of topics, as well as ad hoc, op-ed & analysis essays written for newspapers. I am also frequently interviewed by the world press for background analysis of current events.
AIPAC presentations (2015 onwards): Talks on Israeli politics and society to overseas groups (Congresspersons; Congressional aides, Rabbis, Media consultants, etc) visiting Israel.
Columnist (Jan. 2010 – Sept. 2013): Bi-weekly column for the Providence Jewish Voice & Herald. URL: http://www.jvhri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=46
Blog Columnist (June 2005 – Sept. 2007): Writing a weekly blog “Higher. Education?” on my department’s internet site, on important issues dealing with Israeli higher education. URL: http://profslw.com/?page_id=27
Chairman (June 2005; 2006): Judges Committee, Annual Prize Competition, Israel Public Relations Association.
Head of Selection Committee (2004 – 2006): Yoav Prize (for outstanding research on Criticism of the Media), Israel Media Watch.
President (Synagogue) (1997-1999): Young Israel of Petach Tikva (Kaddish Luz). Chairman, Audit Committee (2000 – present); Chairman, Charity Committee (1995-1997); Vice President (1990-1991).
IDF Lecturer (1985-1999): Education Division, Lecturer’s Bureau (Mador Hasbarah) – Reserve Army Duty.
Board Member (1977-1979): Board of Directors, AACI: Americans and Canadians in Israel.
National President (1977): North American Aliyah Movement.
Honors, Awards & Grants:
1) Summa Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa (City College of New York): 1967-1971.
2) Herbert Lehman Fellow (N.Y. State): 1971.
3) Woodrow Wilson Designate (U.S.A.): 1971.
4) Graduate Prize Fellow (Harvard University): 1971 – 1973.
5) National Council for Research and Development Grant (Israel): 1981.
6) Special University President’s Research Grant for Outstanding PhD Supervision: 2005 ($10,000).
7) Israel Science Foundation (Israel): research proposal (#792/08) awarded grade of “Very Good” (not funded): 2008 — “Exclusion or Glory: Local News Coverage of Israel’s Periphery and Public Reaction”
DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS & MASTERS THESES SUPERVISED (Completed)
[Unless otherwise indicated, all works were undertaken in the Dept. of Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University – in Hebrew]
1) Yigal Aricha, Chief Justices of the Supreme Court – Decision and Policy Making: Three Chief Justices of the Supreme Court – Agranat, Sussman, Landau – Comparative Portraits (1989)
2) Yehiel Limor, The Israel Press Council as a Mechanism of Self-Regulation: A Barking and Biting Two-headed Dog, or a Fig Leaf and Public Relations Device? (2001) (co-supervised with Dr. Dinah Goren)
3) Mira Feuerstein, Media Literacy in Support of Critical Thinking (2002) (University of Liverpool) (in English)
4) Aliza Lavie, Israeli Radio: The Influence of Editorial Decision-Makers’ Gender on News and Current Events Programs – Interviewer Gender and Gender Orientation of Program Topics (2002) (co-supervised with Dr. Dinah Goren)
5) Tiki Balas, A Comparison Between Editors’ News Selection Criteria and Viewers’ Uses and Gratifications of Israeli News and Current Affairs Programs on Public and Commercial Television (2003) (co-supervised with Dr. Dinah Goren)
6) Yaeli Bloch, The Press, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Crises: U.S. Policy in Bosnia (1992-1995) (2003) (co-supervised with Dr. Yehudit Auerbach)
7) Michael Widlansky, PLO Broadcast Media in the Palestinian State-Building Process: Patterns of Influence and Control (2004) (in English)
8) Tali Te’eni-Harari, The Elaboration Likelihood Model for Children: Persuasion and Attitude Change Routes at Various Cognitive Development Stages and Levels of Involvement (2004) (co-supervised with Dr. Shlomo Lampert)
9) Atara Frankel-Faran, Cyber-Anarchism: Anarchic Aspects of the Internet (co-supervised with Prof. Bernard Susser) (2005)
10) Tamar Dotan, Regulating Global Environmental Change: The Formation, Development and Expansion of the World Biological Diversity Regime (2005)
11) Nava Cohen-Avigdor, Utilizing the Special Abilities of the Internet in Women’s Journalism: An Analysis of the Penetration/Growth Stages of e-Magazines and the Self-Defense Stage of Print Magazines (2005)
12) Michal Seletzky, Components of Successful Public Relations for Business and Public and Non-Profit Organizations: Factors Influencing Israel’s National Daily Newspapers to Publish Press Releases Dealing with ‘Soft’ and ‘General’ News (2007)
13) Tsuriel Rashi, Communication and Journalistic Ethics in Judaism: The Public’s “Duty to Know” – Theory and Practice (co-supervised with Dr. Moshe Hellinger) (2007)
14) Barry Kinori, A Typology of Quality Television Programming and Viewing Variables (2009)
15) Orly Melamed, Consumption and Creation of User-Generated Responses and Content in the Internet: Uses, Topics and Balance of Gratifications (2013)
16) Matan Neuerman, Analyzing Systems of Artificial Group Intelligence on the Intranet Level: Research in an R&D Environment in a Military-Technological Organization (2016)
1) Dov Levitan, Operation “Magic Carpet” as an Historical Continuation of Jewish Emigration from Yemen since 1882: A Socio-Political Analysis of the Immigration and Absorption of the Yemenite Jews in Israel in Modern Times (1983)
2) Daniel Berdugo, The Police Reaction to Demonstrations in Israel and Subsequent Press Coverage (1987)
3) Nehemia Rodrig, Nuclear Images in the Media: A Comparative Content Analysis of Israel and Egypt, 1969-1984 (1987)
4) Aliza Lavie, Public Agenda Setting Among Female and Male Editors in Israel’s Press (1997)
5) Yigal Shemesh, “Whistle-Blowing” Methods Exposing Corruption in Public and Private Administration: The Interrelationship Between Organization and “Whistle-Blower” – An Analysis Using a Theoretical Integrative Model (1997)
6) Nava Cohen-Avigdor, Women Politicians (Compared to Men) in Israeli Women’s Magazines: The Way they were Portrayed During the Knesset Election Years 1959, 1977, 1996 (1998)
7) Michal Seletzki, The Adaptation of Daily Newspapers to the Challenge of Multi-Channel Television, and Their Success in Avoiding a Drop in Readership: Design, Content and Marketing Changes in Israeli National Newspapers, 1989-1994 (1998)
8) Eynat Covasniano, The Information Sources of Soft News in the Israeli Press: Professional Journalism or a Tool for External Public Relations? (1998)
9) Ohad Maor, Foreign News? Coverage of Five Ethnic Conflicts in the Israeli Press (1999)
10) Nava Sharvit, Cross-Ownership, Objectivity, and Balance in Israeli Newspaper Reporting: How Yediot Ahronot, Ma’ariv and Ha’aretz Report on Media Companies Owned by the Conglomerates “Yediot Tikshoret” and “Hachsharat Hayeshuv”, 1992-1996 (1999)
11) Tali Harari, Changes in Advertising in Children’s Magazines, 1956-1996 (1999)
12) Edith Manosevitch, Balance in Israeli News Reporting of Controversial Issues (1999
13) Naomi Itshayek, Changes in Israeli Values as Reflected in Upper Level School Newspapers, 1948-1997 (1999)
14) Nitzan Erez, How Does the Length of a Television News Item Influence Viewer Memory? (1999)
15) Nurit Milman, The Audience’s Trust in the Media: The Level of Credibility (or Lack of It) Felt by Israelis Towards the Media and its Causes (2000) (co-supervised with Dr. Mira Moshe)
16) Keren Wiener, The Effect of Israeli Internet Use on Leisure Time Activity (2000)
17) Merav Bar-Magen Rosenberg, The Reflection of Israeli Society Value Change in Print Advertisements in Israel Since the Country’s Establishment (2000)
18) Lizi Reuveni, Changes in the Amount of Coverage in the Israeli Press of Israeli Prime Ministers’ Health Condition, 1963-1996 (2000)
19) Esther Avraham, The Text of Israeli Songs as a Means of Communication Reflecting Events and Changes in Israeli Society During the Years 1948-1999 (2001)
20) Merav Blum-Gross, Stages of in the Decoding Level of Non-Verbal Messages Transmitted via Body Language, as a Function of Age, Gender and Professional Inclination, in Ages 5-25 (2001)
21) Drora Navon, Setting the Public, Media and Political Agenda on the Local Level (2001)
22) Tamar Dotan, Conditions and Characteristics of the Development of International Regimes for Managing International Ecological Problems (2001) (pre-Doctorate, M.A. Thesis Equivalency)
23) Eran Kendel, The Uzi Meshulam Sect as a Case Study of Interaction Between Terror and Media (2001)
24) Dror Zorea, Types of TV Programs and their Influence on the Exposure Level of Accompanying Ad Commercials (2001)
25) Gad Shabbat, The Political Agenda-Setting Function of the Media: Social Issues in the Media and in the Israeli Parliament (2001) (co-supervised with Dr. Yehiel Limor)
26) Gilad Katz, The Evolution of Revisionist Columnists’ News Commentary from the 1920s to the 1990s (2001)
27) Ronit Lelzer, The Shas Party’s Use of Customers’ Club Strategy (2002)
28) Smadar Salton, Cross-Ownership and TV Criticism in the Israeli Press: Does the Criticism Reflect the Critics’ Opinions or the Economic Interests of the Newspapers, 1993-1998 (2002) (co-supervised with Dr. Yehiel Limor)
29) Sharon Kidon, The Correlation Between the Level of Local Adaptation of Multinational Brand Advertising and Viewer Empathy Towards Them (2002)
30) Dganit Akel-Edelstein, News Coverage of Israel’s President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in the Country’s Print Media: 1948-1997 (2002)
31) Dorit Goldberger, The Post-Zionism Debate in the Israeli Press (2002) (co-supervised with Dr. Tirzah Hechter)
32) Galit Abadi, Characteristics of Benefits and Presentation Style in Advertising Promises Adapted to Age Group Stages of Children’s Cognitive Development (2002)
33) Oren Yehi Shalom, Arutz 7: Profile of a Pirate Radio Station in Israel (co-supervised with Dr. Yehiel Limor)
34) Dafna Zak-Teller, Religious Advertising – Examining the Way to the Heart of the Religious Consumer: The Values Governing the Advertising Promise in Advertisements Published in the Religious Press Compared to the Advertising Promise in Secular Press Advertisements (1997-2001) (2003)
35) Dorit Dayan, Ethnic Stereotyping in Israeli Advertising, 1950-2000 (2003)
36) Avi Somekh-Harel, Spokesmanship and the Press: Balance in Local Reporting of Educational Issues in Israel (2003)
37) Yael Levi, The Position of Israeli Secular and Religious Youth Towards Various Issues in the Israeli Reality: Films Made in Secular and Religious Public High-Schools, 1998-2001 (co-supervised with Barry Kinori) (2004)
38) Yoav Weinman, The Use of Sports Metaphors in the Israeli Press, 1949-2003: The Expression of Political Discourse Popularization? (co-supervised with Dr. Hagai Harif) (2004)
39) Ziva Kantor, Changes in the Visual Design of Daily Newspapers in Israel, 1948-1998, as a Reflection of Changes in the Mass Media and Society (co-supervised with Prof. Yehiel Limor) (2005)
40) Matan Neuerman, Intra-Organizational Communication: Is Informational “Push” or “Pull” More Efficient? (co-supervised with Dr. Ruth Amir) (2005)
41) Tsuriel Rashi, Theoretical Perspectives of Mass Communication in the Jewish Halakha and Tradition (co-supervised with Dr. Moshe Hellinger) (pre-Doctorate, M.A. Thesis Equivalency) (2005)
42) Yona Maor, “Body Discourse” – Female Body Image in Israeli Media Discourse: Evolution of the Slimness Ideal, 1967-2002 (co-supervised with Prof. Gabi Bar-Haim, Netanya College) (2005)
43) Nitza Chen, “Rebellious Children”: Parental Perception of Value Messages in the Adolescent Television Series “The Rebels” (co-supervised with Tali Harari-Te’eni) (2005)
44) Dikla Yehoshua-Steinberg, How Parents Perceive their Young Children’s Viewing of Kids’ TV Programs (co-supervised with Tali Harari-Te’eni) (2005)
45) Anat Kundel, The Reality TV Program “A Star is Born”: The Correlation between Audience Perceptions and Attitudes, and the Level of Viewing Involvement (co-supervised with Dr. Netta Ha’ilan) (2005)
46) Leah Kurzweil, “What a Holiday I Have”: Profile of Israeli National and Religious Holidays in Children’s and Teenagers’ TV Programs, 1980-2004 (co-supervised with Dr. Aliza Lavie) (2006)
47) Pninit Ravitch, Differences in Israeli Local Government Internet Sites, 2004: To What Extent do the Online Services Offered Fulfill the Medium’s Potential and Meet the Public’s Expectations? (2006)
48) Sarit Aharonovitch, A Comparison of Press Coverage of the First and Second Intifadas (co-supervised with Dr. Yaeli Bloch-Elkon) (2006)
49) Yosefa Benayim, Gender Differences in Presenting Television News in Israel (co-supervised with Dr. Aliza Lavie) (2007)
50) Shani Zur, Product Placement Effectiveness among Youth (co-supervised with Dr. Tali Teeni-Harari) (2007)
51) Sara Rael, The Image of the Single Woman on Israeli Television (co-supervised with Dr. Linda-Renee Bloch) (2007)
52) Shimrit Hollander-Israel, Simulations of Nationalism: Is The Cup “Ours” or Is It “Theirs”? The Maccabi Tel-Aviv Basketball Team as a National Symbol (2008)
53) Noam Hadad, A Comparison of Radio Coverage of the Post-2006 Election Coalition Negotiations: Galei-Tzahal and Reshet Bet (co-supervised with Atara Frankel-Faran) (2009)
54) Ofer Berenstein, Changes in the Representation of Publicly Elected American Officials in Mainstream American Comic Books (1937-1979) (co-supervised with Dr. Orit Galili) (2010)
55) Tali Friedman, Is It the Public’s Right to Know? Censorship, Editing and Non-Publication of Rabbi Abraham Itzhak Ha-Cohen Kook’s Manuscripts (co-supervised with Prof. Dov Schwartz) (2012)
56) Sagi Hammel, The Adaptation of Print Newspapers to the Internet Era: Changes in Content, 1993- 2010 in Israel and the U.S. (2013)
57) Chen Sabag Ben-Porat, “Whose Post is it Anyway?”: Social Network Site Usage Patterns of Parliamentary Assistants and MKs (co-supervisor: Dr. Azi Lev-On) (2015)
58) Harel Chait, Evaluating Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities: A Comparative Study of Israeli & New Zealand Websites (2016)
59) Shai Singer, New Tools – Traditional Use? Facebook Pictures in the Municipal Elections, Israel 2013 (co-supervisor: Dr. Azi Lev-On) (2016)
61) Sara Shaul, SMS in Political Campaigns and Citizen Participation: Israel, 2015 (co-supervisor: Dr. Azi Lev-On) (2017)
DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS SUPERVISED (in progress – after approval of research proposal, unless otherwise noted):
Gilad Greenwald, Media Framing of Israeli and American Women Candidates for Political Leadership: 1969, 1984, 2008-2013 (proposal approved)
Tali Friedman, Freedom of Expression of Rabbis and Religious Leaders in Israel (proposal approved)
Chen Ben-Porat Sabag, Usage Patterns in Social Networks of Parliamentary Assistants as Stand-Ins for their Legislator, and the Public’s Attitudes Regarding Such Mediating Usage: A Comparison Between Israel, Germany, and the U.S. (proposal approved)
June 1998: Bar-Ilan University, Annual Conference of the Israel Political Science Association (chief organizer as Chairman of the IsPSA).
Dec. 19-20, 2005: Bar-Ilan University, Higher Education and Society, Dec. 19-20. (National conference on the role of Israeli academia vis-à-vis social problems and segments of Israeli society.)
PAPERS PRESENTED AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES:
1) “Frankenstein Unbound: The Computer/Criminal in the Cyborg Age,” International Conference Apollo Agonistes: the Humanities in a Computerized World, 19-21 April 1979, State University of New York at Albany, U.S.A.
2) “The New Conservatism: A Successful ‘Failure’ or a Failed ‘Success’?” Annual Conference of the Israel Association for American Studies, 1 July 1979, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
3) “Will Cities Become Obsolete?…Thoughts on Urbanism in the Cybernetic Age,” The American Metropolis, Annual Conference of the Israel Association for American Studies, 31 March – 2 April, 1981, Ashkelon, Israel.
4) “Thunder Before the Storm: Pre-Election Agitation and Post-Election Turmoil,” Annual Conference of the Israel Political Science Association, 5 April 1982, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel.
5) “Philosophical Implications of Artificial Intelligence,” Philosophy, Science, and Technology, Annual Conference of Israel Philosophical Association, 11-12 April 1982, Technion University, Haifa, Israel.
6) “‘Demoskraty’ in the Mega-Polis: Hyper-Participation in the Post-Industrial Age,” The Future of Politics, International Biannual Conference of the World Futures Studies Federation, 6 – 9 June 1982, Stockholm, Sweden.
7) “Teledemocracy from the Top: Why Politicians Should Encourage the Cybernetic Mega-Polis,” Communications and the Future, International Biannual Conference of the World Future Society, 18 – 22 July 1982, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
8) “Public Protest as a Function of Blocked Political Communication: Some Methodological Solutions to a Data Void,” XIV International Political Science Association World Congress, Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 1988, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
9) “May’avdut Le’herut: Israel’s Grassroots Revolt Against Paternalism, Socialism, and Centralism,” Association of Israeli Studies annua conference, Gratz College, Philadelphia, PA, June 10 – 11, 1990.
10) “Copying the Master: Patterns of Israeli-Arab Protest, 1950-1990,” International Conference on The Arab Minority in Israel: Dilemmas of Political Orientation and Social Change, Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University, June 3 – 4, 1991.
11) “Trends in Israeli Society over the Next Thirty Years,” Opening Lecture of the Annual Conference of the Israeli Association for Social Work, Bar-Ilan University, June 8, 1992.
12) “Multimedia in Education: Benefits and Challenges,” Third National Conference of Teachers and Educators in Israel, Jerusalem, March 26-28, 1996.
13) “Newspaper Agenda-Setting in Israel: A Comparison between Editors’ and Readers’ Issue Salience and Newsworthiness Criteria,” German-Israel Foundation (GIF) Conference on Mass Communications, Berlin, June 26-28, 1996.
14) “Civil Disobedience and Political Revolt: Similarities and Differences Between the Jewish and Western Political Traditions,” International Conference on Ethics, Law and Communication in an Era of Political Violence and Extremism: An Examination of the Boundaries of Liberty and Tolerance in Liberal Democracies, Haifa University, Jan. 28-31, 1997.
15) “The Power of Babel: Socio-Cultural, Economic and Political Effects of Automatic, Simultaneous Translation Systems,” SASE 1998, 10th International Conference on Socio-Economics: Challenges for the Future – Structural Changes and Transformations in Contemporary Societies, Vienna International Center, July 13-16, 1998.
16) “A Double-Tiered Structure of Responsibility: A Reform Proposal for the Mass Media” [Hebrew], Conference on Ethics, Aesthetics and Law, Haifa University, March 23-25, 1999.
17) “The Tower of Babel vs. The Power of Babble: Future Political, Economic & Cultural Consequences of Simultaneous, Automated Translation Systems (SATS),” International Conference on Cyber-Society in the Future, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England, July 5-7, 1999.
18) “The Modern Kratos of the Demos: Effective Citizenship Expansion of Democratic Practice and Creation of New Democratic Forms,” Annual ISSEI Conference, Bergen Norway, Aug. 14-18, 2000.
19) “GOING WILDE [sic] in Israel: The Emergence of New Social Problems in the Wake of Peace,” American Political Science Association annual conference (Association for Israel Studies Panel), Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2000.
20) “A Stiff-Necked People: Jewish Politico-Cultural Roots of Contemporary Israeli Public Protest,” Israeli Studies Colloquium, Middle East Centre, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, England, Jan. 30, 2001.
21) “A Circular Model of New Media Development: The Internet as a Case Study,” Israel Communications Association annual conference, Sapir College, Dec. 16, 2001. (Presented with Nava Cohen-Avigdor).
22) Rare to Medium: On Measuring How Well (Done) the Internet’s Unique Capabilities are Currently Exploited,” 9th Biennial Jerusalem Conference in Canadian Studies, Hebrew University, June 30-July 3, 2002. (Presented with Nava Cohen-Avigdor).
23) “Re-Evaluating the Future: How and Why Future Generations Will Hold Completely Different Values and Norms,” World Future Society annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, July 20-22, 2002.
24) “A Life Cycle Model of Media Development: The Internet as Case Study,” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) annual conference, Miami Beach, Florida, August 8-10, 2002. (Presented with Nava Cohen-Avigdor).
25) “The Editorial Gap Between Ideal and Real: Do TV News and Current Events Editors Broadcast What They Would Like To?” Israel Communications Association 7th annual conference, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, 13 April 2003. (Presented with Dr. Tiki Balas).
26) “UNDER FIRE: Framing Classic Patriotism and ‘New Patriotism’ in the Israeli Press in the Shadow of the El-Aqsa Intifada and World Trade Center Attacks,” Israel Communications Association 7th annual conference, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, 13 April 2003. (Presented with Dr. Mira Moshe).
27) “High Tech Country, Low-Tech Election Campaign: The Role of the Internet in Israel’s Knesset Elections, 2003,” Association of Israel Studies annual conference, San Diego, CA, April 27-29, 2003.
28) “Hard Questions, Soft Answers for a Medium in Flux: Methodological Problems and Proposals for e-Journalism Research,” Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR), colloquium on Internet Studies, Amsterdam, Holland, Sept. 16, 2003.
Also presented at the 8th annual conference of the Israeli Communications Association, Netanya College, April 1, 2004 (with Nava Cohen-Avigdor).
29) “Political Agenda-Setting by the Media: Media Coverage and Parliamentary Activity on Social Issues,” Israel Communications Association 9th annual conference, Ben-Gurion University, April 20, 2005 (with Prof. Yehiel Limor & Gadi Shabbat).
30) “Information Processing Among Children and Adolescents of Commercial Advertisements,” Israel Communications Association 9th annual conference, Ben-Gurion University, April 20, 2005 (with Dr. Tali Harari-Teeni & Dr. Shlomo Lampert).
31) “Hard Questions, Soft Answers for a Medium in Flux: Methodological Problems and Proposals for e-Journalism Research,” International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, New York City, May 26-30, 2005 (with Nava Cohen-Avigdor).
32) “Media, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy in International Crises: An Exploratory Model,” International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, New York City, May 26-30, 2005 (with Yaeli Bloch-Elkon).
33) “When the Body Politico is Sick: Ethical and Cross-Cultural Issues Regarding News Coverage of Leaders’ Ailments”, ISERP Colloquium (Institute for Social and Economic Research & Policy), Columbia University (NYC), Feb. 16, 2006.
34) “Whose News is This? The Gaps between News Editors and Audience Doesn’t Stop with the Traditional Media,” Israel Sociological Association, Bar-Ilan University, Feb. 22-23, 2006 (with Tiki Balas, Nava Cohen-Avigdor & Gila Kurtz).
35) “Varieties and Virtues of Virtuality,” Media Ecology Association Session – International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, Dresden, Germany, June 19-23, 2006.
36) “Information Processing of Advertising Among Children,” Instructional & Development Communications Division, Interactive Session – International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, Dresden, Germany, June 19-23, 2006 (with Tali Teeni-Harari & Shlomo Lampert).
37) “Past Imperfect: Ancient Legal Codes and Future Transbeman Law – Precedents, Problems & Paradoxes,” 2nd Annual Colloquium on the Law of Transbeman Persons, Florida, Dec. 10, 2006.
38) “The Importance of Product Involvement for Predicting Advertising Effectiveness among Youth,” Israel Communications Association 11th annual conference, Open University, Raanana, March 29, 2007 (with Tali Teeni-Harari & Shlomo Lampert).
39) “Spinning Elections: Spin-doctors, Public Opinion and the Media in the 2006 Israeli Elections,” World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) Regional Seminar – “Public Opinion, Communication, and Elections” – Hebrew University & Haifa Univesity, Israel, June 26-29, 2006 (with Atara Frenkel-Faran).
40) “Mind over Matter: Human History and the (S)urge to Virtu(re)ality,” Colloquium Presentation for the Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Interdisciplinary Center For Bioethics, Jan. 23, 2008.
41) “Definitions, Measurement & Historical Analysis of Virtuality,” Israeli Society for History & Philosophy of Science, 8th Annual Conference, March 16, 2008, Bloomfield Science Museum, Givat Ram Jerusalem.
42) “Spinning Elections: Spin-doctors, Public Opinion and the Media in the 2006 Israeli Elections,” International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, Montreal, Canada, May 22-26, 2008 (with Atara Frankel-Faran).
43) “‘General’ News: The Necessity of Adding an Intermediate Category to ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ News,” International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, Montreal, Canada, May 22-26, 2008 (with Michal Seletzky).
44) “Predicting the Successful Penetration of Press Releases into Newspapers: A Comparison of Two Unidirectional and Asymmetrical PR Models,” Israel Communications Association 13th annual conference, Emek Yizrael College, Israel, April 5, 2009 (with Michal Seletzky).
45) “Contemporary Israeli Trends in Light of Galut Socio-Economic and Political Culture,” Academic Conference: “Israel at a Crossroads,” American University, Washington, DC, May 12, 2009.
46) “The Future of Journalism? A Response”, Comm & Tech Division panel respondent, International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, Chicago, IL, May 21-25, 2009.
47) “Revising Media Theories in Light of New Media Practices”, Plenary Panelist, Israel Communications Association 14th annual conference, Herzliya Interdisciplinary College, March 25, 2010.
48) “Elite & Popular Newspaper Publication of Press Releases: Differential Success Factors?”, International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, Singapore, June 22-26, 2010 (with Michal Seletzky).
49) “From Homo Faber to Homo Licere: Education for the Post-Information Age of Leisure,” 17th International Conference on Learning, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, July 6-9, 2010.
50) “Measuring Virtuality,” International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, Boston, USA, May 26-30, 2011.
51) “A Fulfilling Life — Not Just Making a Living: Educational Reform Towards the Age of Self-Actualizing Prosumption, Compunications & Digital Virtuality,” ISATT 2011 – 15th Biennial of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching, Institute of Education, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, July 5-8, 2011.
52) “New Middle East – New Media,” University of Chicago Symposium, Chicago, May 4, 2012.
53) “Integrating Uses and Gratifications Theory with Social Exchange Theory: An Empirical Study of Internet Prosumers,” International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, London, England, June 17-21, 2013 (with Orly Melamed).
54) “Israeli Press Adaptation to Internet Newspapers: Changes in Content, 1993-2011,” ECREA annual conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, March 27-29, 2014 (with Sagi Hamel).
55) “The Presumption of Innocence in the Current Media Environment” (panel chairman and respondent), International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, Seattle, WA, May 22-26, 2014.
56) “Israeli Newspapers’ Content Changes as a Response to the Emergence of e-News Sites” (interactive poster session), International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21-25, 2015 (with Sagi Hammel and Dr. Shimon Fridkin).
57) “Political Campaign SMS (Messages) and Citizen Participation: Israel 2015,” Israel Communications Association 20th annual conference, Kinneret College, April 17, 2016 (with Sara Shaul & Azi Lev-On).
58) “Evaluating Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Israel & New Zealand Websites: A Comparative Study,” Canadian Communication Association (CCA) annual conference, Calgary, Canada, May 28-31, 2016 (with Harel Chait & Shimon Fridkin).
59) “News Framing of Female Candidates for Top Political Positions: A cross-cultural analysis of the Israeli and American press, 2008-2009,” International Association of Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) annual conference, Leicester, UK , 27-31 July 27-31, 2016 (with Gilad Greenwald).
60) “Intrmediaries between Knesset Legislators and the Public on Facebook: Parliamentary Aides` Recruitment, Training, and Patterns of Social Network Activity,” Association of Israel Studies (AIS), Jerusalem, Israel, June 20-22, 2016 (with Chen Sabag Ben-Porat & Azi Lev-On).
61) “DIRECT DEMOCRACY? Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Social (Re)Media(ted) Communication between Legislators and Constituents,” Participatory Culture and the Future of Democracy, at the Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016 (with Chen Sabag Ben-Porat).
62) “SILENT PARTNER: The Parliamentary Assistants’ Role in Politicians’ New Media Communication with Constituents,” National Communication Association (NCA), Nov. 10-13, 2016 Philadelphia, PA (with Chen Sabag Ben-Porat & Azi Lev-On).
63) “She is like a schoolgirl going out for an activity outside her school”: Comparing gender-biased coverage of female leaders in tabloid journalism: Israel and the U.S., 2008-2009,” ECREA Journalism Conference, 23-24 March 2017, Odense, Denmark (with Gilad Greenwald).
64) “Virtuality in the Human Environment”, Media Ecology Association Panel at the International Communications Association annual conference, San Diego, CA, May 25-29, 2017.
65) “From Collectivity to Personalization: The Historical Retrogression of Female Politicians’ Media Image in Israeli Newspapers,” Association for Israel Studies (AIS) annual conference, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA), June 12-14, 2017 (with Gilad Greenwald).