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Professor Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom

I am an Associate Professor and the director of the Political Psychology Laboratory at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The various strands of my research agenda examine the conditions under which enduring values – particularly religion and moral convictions - hinder or enhance democratic norms, such as support for democracy, tolerance, acculturation, political participation, human rights, social justice, impartiality of decision makers, and good governance.

My current 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 France, England, and Israel, using innovative VR and AR technologies.

I am the recipient of the Erik Erikson Early Career Award, recognizing exceptional achievement in the field of political psychology (2019), and have received over $2,000,000 in grants, including an ERC grant (ERC-StG-804031-ReligSpace), ISF, NSF, and Marie Curie, among others. 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.

When my two young boys allow it, I write fiction, read compulsively, volunteer in local Mothers Helping Mothers projects, dance, and am always excited to travel new roads.



Professor Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom