Prof. Jacob Shamir

Jacob Shamir

Academic Background and Fields of Interest

I received my PhD from the School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Minnesota. My research focuses on Political Communication and Public Opinion. Since the year 2000 I have conducted with a Palestinian colleague the Joint Israeli-Palestinian Poll (JIPP) focusing on the conflict and attempts to resolve it. I teach BA and MA seminars on Communication and Public Opinion, Public Opinion in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and Political and Commercial Branding.


Selected Publications:


  • The Public Imperative: Palestinian and Israeli Public Opinion in the Second Intifada Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2010. (with Khalil Shikaki)

  • Public Opinion in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2007 (Research Monograph No. 60 in PEACEWORKS Series).

  • The Anatomy of Public Opinion. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2000. (with Michal Shamir)

  • The Dynamics of Israeli Public Opinion on Peace and the Territories. The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, 1993. (with Michal Shamir)


  • "What Were the Elections About and Why We Should Ask About it in Election Surveys" International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 20 (2) 2008, 211-223. (with Michal Shamir)

  • "The Political Communication of Mandate Elections" Political Communication, 25(1) 2008, 47-66. (with Michal Shamir and Tamir Sheafer)

  • "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Israeli Elections" International Political Science Review, 28(4) 2007, 469-491.

  • "Public Opinion in the Israeli-Palestinian Two-Level Game" Journal of Peace Research 42(3) 2005, 311-328. (with Khalil Shikaki)

  • "Between Conflict and Reconciliation: Determinants of Reconciliation and Compromise Among Israelis and Palestinians" Journal of Peace Research 39(2) 2002, 185-202. (with Khalil Shikaki)

  • "Self-Serving Perceptions of Terrorism Among Israelis and Palestinians" Political Psychology, 23(3) 2002, 537-558. (with Khalil Shikaki )

  • "What's in a Question? A Content Analysis of Survey Questions" Communication Review 3(4) 1999, 1-25. (with Neta Ziskind and Shoshana. Blum-Kulka)

  • "Pluralistic Ignorance Across Issues and Over Time: Information Cues and Biases" Public Opinion Quarterly 61(2) Summer 1997, 227-60. (with Michal Shamir)

  • "Speaking Up and Silencing Out in Face of a Changing Climate of Opinion" Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 74(3) 1997, 602-614.

  • "Competing Values in Public Opinion: A Conjoint Analysis" Political Behavior 17, 1995, 107-133. (with Michal Shamir)

  • "Information Cues and Indicators of the Climate of Opinion: The Spiral of Silence Theory in the Intifada" Communication Research 22, 1995, 24-53.

  • "Pluralistic Ignorance Revisited: Perceptions of Opinion Distributions in Israel" International Journal of Public Opinion Research 5 (1), 1993, 22-39.

  • "Pre-Election Polls in Israel Structural Constraints on Accuracy" Public Opinion Quarterly 50(1) Spring 1986, 62‑75.