During my time at CRASSH, I will work primarily on a project on ‘The Effect of Manifestations of Religion in the Public Space on Sociopolitical Integration’, funded by a generous ERC grant (ERC-2018-StG – ReligSpace – 804031). My project examines the causal effect of exposure to cultural symbols in the public space on sociopolitical acculturation. In that vein, my team conducts cross-cultural experiments in different contexts which bring to bear different approaches to integration, using innovative VR and AR technologies. I have so far collected data in France and Israel, and so arrived at Cambridge ready to focus on England in a comparative viewpoint.
I am a Full Professor and the director of the Political Psychology Laboratory at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in political psychology and comparative political behaviour (specifically, religiosity, morality, urban studies, spatial behaviour, and behavioural public administration). The various strands of my research agenda examine the conditions under which enduring values – particularly religion and morality – hinder or enhance democratic norms, such as support for democracy, tolerance, acculturation, spatial behaviour, human rights, impartiality of decision makers, and good governance.
I am the recipient of the Erik Erikson Early Career Award, recognising exceptional achievement in the field of political psychology (2019), and have received over $2,000,000 in grants. I have published in leading political science, social psychology, public policy, conflict resolution, and environmental journals. In the previous Israeli election season, I was the political commentator in the prime-time political show of the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation. During my year in CRASSH, I am also affiliated with Clare Hall, Cambridge, where I live with my family, and with Nuffield College, Oxford.