Yonatan Fialkoff

Yonatan Fialkoff
PhD candidate
Supervisor: Prof. Amit Pinchevski

For the past 50 years or so, interpersonal "communication" has become a pervasive idea in western culture. Widely discussed in talk shows, advice columns and self-help books, commonly practiced in workshops and therapy sessions, and dominant in everyday thought and practice, "communication" is attributed far-reaching consequences both for individuals and the collective. Accordingly it has become an almost ubiquitous value of our society. My research focuses on the historical roots of this phenomenon, as well as its social manifestations, cultural meanings and normative implications.


Important achievements

  • 2017:  Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity scholarship, Hebrew University
  • 2013-2016: Daat Hamakom scholarship for young researchers
  • 2014-2015: Nitzotzot Shachar scholarship for Academic Excellence (Ph.D. students), Bar- Ilan University
  • 2012: Scholarship for Academic Excellence for Ph.D. students, Department of Communication and Journalism
  • 2010: Dean's Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2010: Rector's Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2010: Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Students


Recent studies

"Doing Communication": 'Communication Skills' in Modern Western Society



  • Katz, E. & Fialkoff, Y. (in press). Communication. In Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2nd edition). New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell publishing.  
  • Katz, E., & Fialkoff, Y. (2017). Six concepts in search of retirement. Annals of the International Communication Association, 41(1), 86-91.



Apart from my academic work, I serve as a consultant to Zzapp who is developing an artificial intelligence system for eradicating malaria. I am also an origami artist, displaying my work online at www.papertigerorigami.com. In addition, I teach a combined course of origami and math in a Jerusalem school for gifted children.