Thematic Expertise: Peace communication; media and conflict; children/youth and media; comparative African and Middle Eastern media systems and related audience uses and practices; communication for social change; communication campaigns and evaluation; ethnopolitical conflict, nationalism, and citizenship; and methods and media practice
Regional Expertise: Africa and the Middle East
Biography: Dr. Yael Warshel specializes in peace communication, or the assessment and evaluation of the role mass and interpersonal communication play in managing political conflicts (especially ethnopolitical conflicts); and Middle Eastern and African media infrastructures, and audiences uses and practices, as situated within political, economic, military and social contexts.
Situated in debates about whether media foment or ameliorate political conflict, Dr. Warshel has worked at the intersection of media and conflict policy, practice and analysis. She has coordinated communication policy for UNESCO, worked as photojournalist with the Zimbabwe‐Inter‐Africa‐News‐Agency, and as an Assistant Professor of International Communication and International Peace and Conflict Resolution; and conducted policy‐relevant research with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the Jerusalem‐based Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, and the Center for Research on Peace Education.
Warshel is fluent in and/or has studied five languages and conducted field research in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. She is the recipient of an ICA Global Communication and Social Change Top Dissertation Award, an NCA International and Intercultural Communication Distinguished Dissertation Award, and a Peace Studies Dissertation of the Year Award, along with several other awards from public service, communication, Palestinian, Israeli, Middle Eastern and African scholarly organizations. She earned her PhD in communication from UC San Diego, MA in communication from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania, and BA in interdisciplinary studies from UC Berkeley, which she combined with a photography major from the USC School of Cinema-Television.
Currently, Dr. Warshel is writing a book assessing the reception of peacebuilding versions of Israeli and Palestinian Sesame Street entitled, How Do You Convince Palestinian, Jewish‐Israeli and Arab/Palestinian‐Israeli Children that the “Army”, “Terrorists” and the “Police” Can Live Together Peacefully? In addition, she is in the process of continuing fieldwork to analyze Darija‐Arabic speaking/Moroccan and Hassaniya‐Arabic‐speaking/Saharawi youth's constructions of citizenship, within wider political‐economic contexts. Finally, she is also writing up findings from recently completed fieldwork concerning everyday practices of families resident in the split Lebanese-Israeli border village of Ghajar, Syrian-Alawis now Israeli citizens; and from earlier fieldwork concerning Middle Eastern children's television and electronic‐game playing practices.
Her most recent publications addressed the contributions of communication and media studies to peace education, opinions of Jewish‐Israeli children about watching "Rechov Sumsum"/"Shara’a Simsim", and Palestinian children's media practices within the context of a zone of conflict. Lastly, Warshel co‐edited Election Studies: What’s Their Use? (with Elihu Katz).
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