Dr. Julia Elad-Strenger is a lecturer (U.S. assistant professor) at the department of political studies. After completing her PhD studies at Ben-Gurion University (2015), she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya (2015-2017), and an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellow at the Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Germany (2017-2018).
Her research focuses on political psychology, particularly on the psychology of public opinion, attitudes and attitude change, in two central domains: (1) political ideology, polarization and radicalization; (2) the psychology of intergroup conflicts on the inter- and intra-national levels. Her studies are based on quantitative methodologies, including experiments and large-N surveys, and focus primarily on the Israeli and Western-European contexts. Her research has appeared in leading journals such as European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Journal of Peace Research.
Supervision of Master and PhD theses is offered on the following topics:
· Manifestations, antecedents, and consequences of internal conflicts within Israeli society (Religious, national, ethnic and ideological)
· The psychological factors that shape policy and voting preferences
· Psychological differences between liberalism and conservatism / left and right
· The psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
· Antecedents and consequences of support for political violence and social exclusion
· Stereotypes and prejudice in intergroup conflict
· The politics of threat perceptions