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Warshel, Yael

Assistant Professor, Telecommunications and Rock Ethics Institute
Penn State University


Yael Warshel is a Penn State University Rock Ethics Institute core faculty and assistant professor of telecommunications. She works at the intersection between international media, child, and conflict analysis, practice and policy specializing in what she has coined as, “peace communication.” She is fluent in and/or has studied five languages and conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans and Latin America. An award-winning scholar, Dr. Warshel is the recipient of three top dissertation awards, including one in peace studies and two in global and international communication, which she received from the International and National Communication associations. She has also earned several more awards in communication, public service, Middle Eastern and African studies. She is advancing a book manuscript assessing the reception of peacebuilding versions of Israeli and Palestinian "Sesame Street;" continuing fieldwork to analyze North West African youth's uses of digital media to construct their citizenship; and separate of that, about the comparative determinants of international coverage of conflicts, per the contrast between frames and agendas set, and the magnitude and intensity of conflicts. She serves on the Board of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, and as Chair of E-Book Reviews of the Digest of Middle East Studies, and has been quoted by a broad range of international media sources. Before joining Penn State, Dr. Warshel taught at UCLA, UCSD and American University as an assistant professor of international communication and associate faculty of international peace and conflict resolution. She coordinated communication policy for UNESCO, worked as photojournalist with the Zimbabwe-Inter-Africa-News-Agency, and conducted policy-relevant research with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the Jerusalem-based Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the Center for Middle East Development, and the Center for Research on Peace Education. She earned her Ph.D. in communication from UC San Diego, an M.A. in communication from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies from UC Berkeley, which she combined with a photography major from the USC School of Cinema-Television.

DISCIPLINE
Communications
SUB AREAS
Comparative   
Development   
Ethnic Groups   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Conflict Resolution   
Media   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Maghreb   
Africa (Sub-Saharan)   
All Middle East   
SPECIALTIES
Comp Stds in Af and ME   
Role of Comtn in Mging Ethnopol Cnflt   
Children, Media and Conflict   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Intermediate)   
Hebrew (Native)   
French (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
PhD2009PhDUniversity of California at San Diego
MA2000Annennberg School for CommunicationUniversity of Pennsylvania
BA1996Interdisciplinary StudiesUniversity of California at Berkeley

Yael Warshel






College of Communications
The Pennsylvania University
201 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA
16802-5101
United States
ywarshel@gmail.com

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