Dr Yael Warshel
Yael (Ph.D., University of California at San Diego and MA, University of Pennsylvania) is Assistant Professor of Telecommunications and Media Industries and Founding Director of the Children, Media and Conflict Zones Lab at Pennsylvania State University. Specializing in the concept of “peace communication (PeaceComm)” she pioneered, she was recipient of three top dissertation awards, one in peace studies and two in global and international communication. She is fluent in and/or studied five languages and conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, and Latin America. Author of Experiencing the Israeli Palestinian Conflict: Children, Peace Communication and Socialization (Cambridge University Press), the book critically determines the efficacy of peace communication interventions in managing political conflicts. Her current field-based projects explore human and communication rights of stateless and forcibly-migrated and – sedentarized conflict zone populations through her interpretations of North West African youth’s global uses of media. She previously worked with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the Center for Research on Peace Education, and UNESCO.