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Prof. Doron Shultziner (Ph.D)

Prof. Doron Shultziner (Ph.D)

Senior Lecturer and Head of the Politics & Communication Department

Prof. Doron Shultziner (Ph.D)

Prof. Doron Shultziner received his B.A. from the Political Science Department and the Middle Eastern Studies Department in the Hebrew University (2000), and his M.A. (Summa Cum Laude) from the Political Science Department at the Hebrew University (2004). He received his Ph.D. from the Politics & IR Department at the University of Oxford (2008). Later he worked as a post-doctoral fellow and visiting lecturer at Emory University. He returned to Israel in 2009 and worked as a post-doctoral fellow until 2012. He then became the academic director of an Israeli think tank for Zionist, democratic, and liberal thought. Prof. Shultziner joined the Politics & Communication Department at Hadassah Academic College in 2014.
Prof. Shultziner's main areas of research are democracy and democratization, politics and law, theories of social movements, media coverage of protest activity, and partisan media bias, as well as multi-disciplinary approaches to political behavior.
Prof. Shultziner is the head of the Politics & Communication Department at Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem since 2018. He is also one of the founders of Mali -Center for Enterprising Citizens, a nonprofit that advances social entrepreneurship.


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Prof. Shultziner published over thirty academic contributions, twenty of them in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of political science, political sociology, law and psychology.
He specializes in the study of social movements and democratization. His research involves various aspects of protest movements from the stage of emergence, through different elements that shape protest and enable it to the media coverage of protest activity.

He won the Best Published Article Award by the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association (2014) for his research on the causes of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. His current research focuses on the development of social movements along with distinct stages (origins, protest, outcomes), as well as on political influences over protest coverage and media coverage more generally.

Prof. Shultziner published several papers about the topic and concept of human dignity in a comparative perspective. He wrote about the functions and meanings of the concept, its functions in constitutions of UN member states, and its meanings in Jewish-religious though relative to secular-liberal thought. He proposed a psychological approach to understanding human dignity and to its implications for prisons.


Shultziner, D. 2010. Struggling for Recognition: The Psychological Impetus for Democratic Progress. New York: Continuum Press. 

Peer Reviewed Papers

Shultziner, D., Stukalin, Y.2019. Distorting the news? The mechanisms of partisan media bias and its effects on news production. Political Behavior.[link].

Shultziner, D., Goldberg, S. 2019. The Stages of Mass Mobilization: Separate Phenomena and Distinct Causal Mechanisms. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 49(1): 2-23.

Shultziner, D., Shoshan, A. 2018. A Journalists' Protest?: Media-Movement Interactions in the Israel Social Justice Protest Movement. International Journal of Press/Politics 23(1): 44-69.

Shultziner, D. 2017. Human Dignity in Judicial Decisions: Principles of Application and the Rule of Law. Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law 25(3).

Shultziner, D, Dattner, A. 2016. The Merits of Self-Handicap: The Handicap Principle as an Explanation of Altruism Compared to Reciprocal Altruism. Cogent Biology 2016 2: 1140857.

Joseph, J., Chaufan, C., Richardson, K., Shultziner, D., Fosse, R., James, O., Latham, J., Read, J. 2015. The Twin Research Debate in American Criminology. Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture. [link].

Shultziner, D., Carmi, G. 2014. Human Dignity in National Constitutions: Functions, Promises and Dangers. American Journal of Comparative Law 62(2): 461-490.

Shultziner, D. 2013. Genes and Politics: A New Explanation and Evaluation of Twin Studies Results in Political Science. Political Analysis 21(3): 350-367. [leading paper in a symposium on genes and politics].

Shultziner, D. 2013. Fatal Flaws in the Twin Studies Paradigm – A Reply to Hatemi and Verhulst. Political Analysis 21(3): 390-392.

Shultziner, D. 2013. The Social-Psychological Origins of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: Social Interaction and Humiliation in the Emergence of Social Movements. Mobilization 18(2): 117-142.
* Best Published Article Award, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association.

Shultziner, D, Tétreault, M. 2012. Representation and Democratic Progress in Kuwait. Representation 48(3): 281-293.

Shultziner, D., Rabinovici, I. 2012. Human Dignity, Self-Worth, and Humiliation: A Comparative Legal-Psychological Approach. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 18(1): 105-143.

Shultziner, D., Tétreault, M. 2011. Paradox of Democratic Progress in Kuwait: The Case of the Kuwaiti Women’s Rights Movement. Muslim World Journal of Human Rights 7(2): 1-25.

Shultziner, D., Stevens, T., Stevens, M., Stewart, B., Hannagan, R. J., and Saltini-Semerari, G. 2010. The Causes and Scope of Political Egalitarianism during the Last Glacial: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective. Biology & Philosophy 25(3): 319-346.

Shultziner, D. 2007. Human Dignity - Justification, Not a Human Right. Hamishpat 11: 527-554. [reprinted].

Shultziner, D. 2006. A Jewish Conception of Human Dignity: Philosophy and its Ethical Implications on Israeli Supreme Court Decisions. Journal of Religious Ethics 34(4): 663-683.

Dattner, A., Shultziner, D. 2006. Altruism and Human Nature. Galileo: Journal of Philosophy and Science 93: 26-38. [in Hebrew].

Shultziner, D. 2006. Human Dignity - Justification, Not a Human Right. Hamishpat Law Review 21: 23-36. [in Hebrew].

Shultziner, D. 2003. Human Dignity – Functions and Meanings. Global Jurist Topics 3(3): 1-21.

Understanding the Political Psychology of Nonviolent Conflict and Democratic Progress, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict ($13,180).