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Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom

College positions:
Visiting Fellow
Comparative Political Behaviour, Political Psychology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professor Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom

Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom is a Full Professor and the Director of the Political Psychology Laboratory at the Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The various strands of her research agenda examine the conditions under which enduring values – particularly religion and moral convictions – hinder or enhance democratic norms, such as support for democracy, tolerance, acculturation, political participation, human rights, social justice, impartiality of decision makers, and good governance.

Her current ERC-funded project examines the causal effect of exposure to cultural symbols in the public space on sociopolitical acculturation. In that vein, her team conducts cross-cultural experiments in France, England, and Israel, using innovative VR and AR technologies.

She is the recipient of the Erik Erikson Early Career Award, recognising exceptional achievement in the field of political psychology (2019), and has received over $2,000,000 in grants, including an ERC grant (ERC-StG-804031-ReligSpace), ISF, NSF, and Marie Curie, among others. She has published in leading political science, social psychology, public policy, conflict resolution, and environmental journals. In the previous Israeli election season, she was the political commentator in the prime-time political show of the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation. During her year in Clare Hall, she is also affiliated with the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at Cambridge, and with Nuffield College, Oxford.

Pazit is the proud mother of Yoav and Ithamar, has published two novels, reads compulsively, volunteers to support young mothers in the community, dances, and is always excited to travel new roads.

Select publications

  • Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (forthcoming). Morality as the Enduring Basis of Public Opinion. In: Leonie Huddy, David Sears, Jack Levy, and Jennifer Jerit (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology. Oxford University Press.
  • Vishkin, Allon, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Arikan, Gizem, Ginges, Jeremy. (2022). A Motivational Framework of Religion: Tying Together the Why and the How of Religion. European Journal of Social Psychology. 52(3), 420-434.
  • Assouline, Michaela, Gilad, Sharon, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (2022). Discrimination of Minority Welfare Claimants in The Real World. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 32(1), 15-96.
  • Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Arikan, Gizem, Vishkin, Allon. (2021). Religion and Democratic Commitment: A Unifying Motivational Framework. Advances in Political Psychology. 42(S1), 75-108.
  • Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Kimhi, Shaul, Fachter, Shani, Shamai, Michal, Canetti, Daphna. (2020). Coping with Moral Threat: Moral Judgment amid War on Terror. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 64: 231-260.
  • Vishkin, Allon, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Schwartz, Shalom, Solak, Nevin, Tamir, Maya. (2019). Religiosity and emotion regulation. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 50(9), 1050-1074.
  • Arikan, Gizem, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (2019). Religion and Political Protest: A Cross-Country Analysis. Comparative Political Studies. 52 (2): 246-276.
  • Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Arikan, Gizem, Courtemanche, Marie. (2015). Religious Social Identity, Religious Belief, and Anti-Immigration Sentiment. American Political Science Review. 109: 203-221.

Select awards

  • The Erik Erikson Award for Early Career Achievement in the Field of Political Psychology, International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), 2019
  • EGPA-BPA Best Paper Award, 2019
  • Best Dissertation Award, Israeli Political Science Association (ISPSA), 2012
  • Best Dissertation Award, International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), 2011

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