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I am a Senior Lecturer at the School of Political Science, University of Haifa. My first stream of research engages with the literature on democratic backsliding; it explores the erosion of democratic norms and institutions; and it challenges the premises of democratic participation. My second stream of research focuses on how democratic health shapes the physiological and psychological well-being of the public, and its effects on citizens’ attitude formation, electoral preferences, and participation. My research was published in leading political science, communication and medical journals, and featured in various media outlets including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Jerusalem Post, and Haaretz. I have been a visiting professor at Stanford University and Cornell University. 

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Together with Liran Harsgor and Michael Freedman, I run the Political Behavior Lab, at the School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa. Please check our website to meet our team and research. We are always looking for smart students and exiting new projects.  



  • Waismel-Manor, I., Moy, P., Neumann, R., Shechnick. M. 2021. Does Corruption Corrupt? The Behavioral Effects of Mediated Exposure to Corruption. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, forthcoming.

  • Tsfati, Y., Cohen, J., Dvir Gvirsman, S., Tsuriel, K., Waismel-Manor, I., & Holbert, R. 2021. Political Para-Social Relationship as a Predictor of Voting Preferences in the Israeli 2019 Elections. Communication Research, forthcoming.


  •  Vodvonos, A., Novack, V., Waismel-Manor, I., Ezra, Y., Guetta, A. & Ifergane, G. 2021. Sick of News: The Association Between TV News Rating and Following Day Headache Related Emergency Department Visits in Israel.  PLOS One 16:4. 


  • Bar-Siman-Tov, I., Rozenberg, O., Benoît, C., Waismel-Manor, I. & Levanon, A. 2021. Measuring Legislative Activity during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Introducing the ParlAct and ParlTech Indexes. International Journal of Parliamentary Studies, 1: 109–126.


  • Hughes, H. & Waismel-Manor, I. 2020. The Macedonian Fake News Industry and the 2016 US Election.  PS: Political Science and Politics. 54:1, 19-23.


  • Backhaus, S., Gross, M., Waismel-Manor, I., Cohen, H. & Canetti, D. 2020. A Cyberterrorism Effect? Emotional Reactions to Lethal Attacks on Critical Infrastructure. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 23:9, 595-603.


  • Waismel-Manor, I. & Simonovits, G. 2017. The Interdependence of Perceived Ideological Positions: Evidence from Three Survey Experiments. Public Opinion Quarterly, 81: 3, 759-768.

  • Canetti, D., Gross, M., Waismel-Manor, I., Levanon, A., & Cohen, H. 2017. How Cyberattacks Terrorize: Cortisol and Personal Insecurity Jump in the Wake of Cyberattacks. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 20: 2, 72-77.

  • Tal-Or, N. & Waismel-Manor, I. 2017. The Right Faces for Right-Wing and Left-Wing Politicians. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 30: 2, 192-210.

  • Lev-On, A. & Waismel-Manor, I. 2016. Looks that Matter: The Effect of Physical Attractiveness in Low-and High-Information Elections. American Behavioral Scientist, 60: 14, 1756-1771. Equal contributor. 

  • Neiman, J., Giuseffi, K., Smith, K., French, J., Waismel-Manor, I., & Hibbing, J. 2015. Voting at Home Is Associated with Lower Cortisol than Voting at the Polls. PloS one, 10(9), e0135289.


  • Canetti-Nisim, D., Gross, M. & Waismel-Manor, I. 2015. "Immune from Cyber-Fire? The Psychological & Physiological Effects of Cyberwar ". In: Binary Bullets: The Ethics of Cyberwarfare . Edited by Fritz Allhoff, Adam Henschke, and Bradley Jay Strawser. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.


  • Canetti, D., Waismel-Manor, I., Cohen, N. & Rapaport C. 2013. What Does National Resilience Mean in a Democracy? Evidence from the United States and Israel. Armed Forces and Society, 1-17.


  • Waismel-Manor, I., & Stroud, N. J. 2013. The Influence of President Obama’s, Middle Name on Middle Eastern and US Perceptions. Political Behavior, 35(3), 621-641.

  • Waismel-Manor, I. & Sarid, Y. 2011. Can Overreporting in Surveys be Reduced? Evidence from Israel’s Municipal Elections. International Journal of Public Opinion Research 23:4, 522-529.


  • Waismel-Manor, I. 2011. Spinning Forward: Political consultants - a profession in the making? Journal of Political Marketing, 10:350–371.


  • Waismel-Manor, I. & Tsfati, Y. 2011. Do Attractive Congresspersons Get More Media Coverage? Political Communication, 28:440–463.


  • Waismel-Manor, I., Ifergan, G. & Cohen, H. 2011. When Democracy and Endocrinology Collide: Emotions, Cortisol and Voting at National Elections. European Neuropsychopharmacology 21, 789–795.


  • Lowi, T. J. & Waismel-Manor, I. 2011. Waismel-Manor and Lowi’s Reply. New Political Science, 33:1, 97-99.


  • Waismel-Manor, I. & Lowi, T. J. 2011. Politics in Motion: A personal history of political science. New Political Science, 33:1, 59-78.


  • Tsfati, Y., Markowitz-Elfassi, D. & Waismel-Manor, I. 2010. Exploring the Association Between Physical Attractiveness and News Coverage: Correlational and experimental evidence. International Journal of Press and Politics. 15:2, 175-192.


  • Scheindlin, D. & Waismel-Manor, I. 2008. “Falafel and Apple Pie: American Consultants, Modernization and Americanization of Electoral Campaigns in Israel” in Dennis Johnson (ed.) Handbook of Political Management.  New York: Routledge, 317-331.


  • Jones-Correa, M. & Waismel-Manor, I. 2007. “Verifying Implementation of Language Provisions in the Voting Rights Act” in Ana Henderson (ed.) Protecting Democracy: Using Research to Inform the Voting Rights Reauthorization Debate. Berkeley, University of California Press, 161-180.


  • Scheufele, D. A., Hardy, B. W., Brossard, D., Waismel‐Manor, I. S. & Nisbet, E. 2006. Democracy based on difference: Examining the links between structural heterogeneity, heterogeneity of discussion networks, and democratic citizenship. Journal of Communication,56:4, 728-753.


  • Gupta, D., & Waismel-Manor, I. 2006. Network in progress: A conference primer for graduate students. PS: Political Science & Politics, 39:3, 485-490.


  • Waismel-Manor, I. 2005. “Striking Differences: Hunger Strikes in Israel and the United States.” Social Movement Studies 4:3, 281-300.


  • Waismel-Manor, I., & Conroy, S. 2005. Could you spare a dime? Better make it $10,000: contributions to the Clinton legal expense trust. White House Studies, 5:2, 175-194.


  • Sherman, D. J., & Waismel-Manor, I. 2003. Get it in writing: Using politics to teach writing and writing to teach politics. Political Science and Politics,36:4, 755-757. 


Noa Shpigel M.A. Student


Does horserace coverage increase in sequential elections?

Advised with Alon Zoizner

Arnon Ben-David Ph.D. Candidate


The religionization and politicalization of primary and secondary education is Israel and the United States. 

Advised with Ayelet Banai

Inda Novominsky M.A. 


Examining the representation of the Ultra- Orthodox factions in the Knesset using topic modelling of Divrei Haknesset

Advised with Yael Netzer

Heather Hughes M.A.


The Macedonian fake news industry.

Advised with Robert Kupiecki

Vika Koukvine M.A. 


How social identity affects the vote among Israelis from the former Soviet Union?

Advised with Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan

Amir Schreiber Ph.D.  


Political Participation in an Era of Digital Democracy: The effect of political internet tools on citizens' political participation and the ways these may reduce second and third order digital divide.

Joseph Sarid Ph.D. 


Getting to the ballot: Distance to the ballot, priming group identity in GOTV campaigns.

Advised with Daphna Canetti

Einav Jerochim-Segal M.A.


Politicians' Physical Appearance and Electability: The case of Merkel and Livni.

Liron Canneti M.A.


Political Consumerism: Types, nature and expression in the Israeli society. Advised with Yael Yishai.


Vardit Shterenbach  M.A


The Construction of Women's Identity in Women's Magazines 1947-2006.   Advised with Uzi Elyada

Naor Cohen M.A


Psalms vs. Missiles: National resilience in Israel and the United States. Advised with Daphna Canetti

Yael Rivka Kaplan Postdoctoral Researcher


The multidimensional and dynamic nature of representation  

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Tehila Ben Yosef M.A. Student


The veil of ignorance, prejudice, or both?

Liam Tamano M.A. Student


Affective polarization is Israel

Moran Shechnick Ph.D. Student


Does corruption corrupt?



Introduction to Politics and Government

American Government and Politics

Politics and Popular Culture