Yael Warshel

Yael Warshel

Yael Warshel

Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Telecommunications and Media Industries
119 Carnegie Bldg


PhD, Communication, University of California San Diego
CPhil, Communication, University of California San Diego
MA, Communication, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California Berkeley


Yael Warshel is assistant professor of telecommunications and media industries, Rock Ethics Institute research associate, and affiliated faculty of international affairs, education, African studies, and Middle Eastern studies. She works at the intersection of international media, child, and conflict analysis, practice, and policy specializing in the concept of “peace communication” she pioneered. Dr. Warshel 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. At Penn State, Dr. Warshel co-leads the institute’s Human Rights and Forced-Migration initiative and leads its Children, Youth, and Media in International and Global Conflict Zones initiative, for which she is founding director of the Children, Media and Conflict Zones Lab.


Dr. Warshel is recipient of three top dissertation awards for her research about peace communication, including one in peace studies and two in global and international communication. She also earned several more awards in journalism, public service, and Middle Eastern and African studies.

Dr. Warshel’s current field-based project explores human and communication rights of stateless and forcibly-migrated and –sedentarized conflict zone populations through her interpretations of North West African youth's global uses of media. She is author of Experiencing the Israeli Palestinian Conflict: Children, Peace Communication and Socialization (Cambridge University Press), which critically determines the efficacy of peace communication interventions in managing political conflicts, using as its case her multi-year reception study of peacebuilding versions of Israeli and Palestinian Sesame Street. The TEDx talk about it is here. She is co-editor with Elihu Katz of the political communication book Election Studies: What’s Their Use?, and continues to research comparative determinants of international coverage of conflicts, per contrast between frames and agendas set, and numbers and magnitude of conflicts.

Dr. Warshel earned her Ph.D. and MA in communication from UC San Diego and the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the American Institute for Maghrib Studies board, previously worked as assistant professor of international communication at American University, and for UNESCO, the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, and the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace.

Selected Publications

Experiencing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Children, Peace Communication and Socialization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Problematizing the Variable of Conflict to Address Children, Media, and Conflict. Journal of Global Ethics (Global Justice for Children), 15(3), 361-381, 2019.

The Ethical Conduct of Research About Conflict Zones’ Children and ChildhoodsNEOS: Child Displacement Special SectionOctober 2018.

Social Media and Middle Eastern Politics. In Harvey, K. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Social Media and PoliticsThousand 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 JerryAmr Khaled and IqraNot 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 EducationNew 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).

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