We are a group of researchers at the University of Haifa who study the political behavior of citizens and elites. The mission of our lab is to collaborate and use cutting-edge tools to examine important political issues. Prominent topics include the impact of social media, political representation, gender gaps in attitudes, health and biopolitics, and the influence of religion on politics. Our tools include experiments, eye scanning technology, computational text analysis, and big data.

We invite other researchers to explore these issues with us in a collaborative fashion.



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Israel Waismel-Manor

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Yael Rivka Kaplan

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Yaniv Shapira

Tehila Ben Yosef


 Iaara Asaf


Moran Shechnick

Noa Spiegel

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Liri Goshen


Lior Swartz



  • Yakter, A., Harsgor, L., 2022. Long-term Change in Conflict Attitudes: A Dynamic PerspectiveBritish Journal of Political Science

  • Freedman, M.,  Klor, S. 2022.  When Deterrence Backfires: House Demolitions, Palestinian Radicalization, and Israeli Fatalities. Journal of Conflict Resolution.

  • Oshri, O., Harsgor, L., Itzkovich Malka, R. & Tuttnauer, O. 2022. Risk Aversion and the Gender Gap in the Vote for Populist Radical Right Parties. American Journal of Political Science.

  • Dekeyser, E. & Freedman, M. 2022. Elections, Party Rhetoric, and Public Attitudes toward Immigration in Europe. Political Behavior.

  • Waismel-Manor, I., Bar-Siman-Tov, I., Rozenberg, O., Levanon, A., Benoît, C., & Ifergane, G. 2022. Should I Stay (Open) or Should I Close? World legislatures during the first wave of Covid19. Political Studies

  • Fotini, C., Zoumpoulis, S. I., Freedman, M., Yao, L. & Jadbabaie, A. 2022. The Effects of Drone Strikes on Cellphone Communication in Yemen. Political Science Research Methods

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kedar, O., Harsgor, L. & Tuttnauer. O. 2021. Permissibility of Electoral Systems: A New Look at an Old Question. Journal of Politics, 83(2): 439-452.

  • 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. 

  • Hughes, H., Waismel-Manor, I. 2021. The Macedonian Fake News Industry and the 2016 US Election.  PS: Political Science and Politics 54:1, 19-23. 

  • Freedman, M. 2020. Vote with Your Rabbi: The Electoral Effects of Religious Institutions in Israel. Electoral Studies 68.

  • Karell, D. & Freedman, M. 2020. "Sociocultural Mechanisms of Conflict: Combining Topic and Stochastic Actor-Oriented Models in an Analysis of Afghanistan, 1979-2001. Poetics 78.