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Yael Warshel

by Rob Peeler Oct 30, 2017
Yael Warshel

Assistant Professor of Telecommunications

Department of Telecommunications

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute

119 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802

Office Phone: (814) 865-3717


Yael Warshel is an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunications and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute. She works at the intersection between international media, child, and conflict analysis, practice and policy. She is fluent in and/or has studied five languages and conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans and Latin America. 

An award-winning scholar, Dr. Warshel is the recipient of three top dissertation awards, including two in global and international communication and one in peace studies, together with several more awards in communication, public service, Middle Eastern and African studies. She is advancing a book manuscript assessing the reception of peacebuilding versions of Israeli and Palestinian Sesame Street; continuing fieldwork to analyze North West African youth's uses of digital media to construct their citizenship; and separate of that, about the comparative determinants of international coverage of conflicts, per the contrast between frames and agendas set, and the magnitude and intensity of conflicts. She serves as Chair of E-Book Reviews for the Digest of Middle East Studies and had been quoted by a broad range of international media sources. 

Before joining Penn State, Dr. Warshel taught at UCLA, UCSD and American University as an Assistant Professor of International Communication and Associate Faculty of International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She coordinated communication policy for UNESCO, worked as a photojournalist with the Zimbabwe‐Inter‐Africa‐News‐Agency, 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. 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.

Selected publications

Social Media and Middle Eastern Politics. In Harvey, K. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2014.

Mamafakinch: Moroccan citizen journalism collective. In Harvey, K. and J. G. Golson (Eds). Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Sage, 2014. 

Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group Newsletter, October 2013. Photos from the Field (Syrian Alawi Family Leisure Practices).

It’s all about Tom and Jerry, Amr Khaled and Iqra, Not Hamas’s Mickey Mouse: Palestinian children’s cultural practices around the television-set. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 5 (2) 211-245, 2012.

The contributions of communication and media studies to peace education. In E. Cairns and G. Salamon. (Eds.) Handbook on Peace Education. New York: Psychology Press (formerly published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), 2010 (with Donald Ellis).

“As though there is peace:” Opinions of Jewish-Israeli children about watching Rechov Sumsum/Shara’a Simsim amidst armed political conflict. In Lemish, D. and Gotz, M. (Eds.) Children and Media at Times of Conflict and War, Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2007

Election Studies: What’s Their Use?” Boulder, Co: Westview, 2001 (Co-editor with Elihu Katz).