Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch


Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch is a visiting lecturer at the Political Science Department, Wellesley College. Michal holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 2009). She was an International Security Program pre-doctoral (2007–2009) and post-doctoral (2012-2014) fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In 2009–2012, she was a post-doctoral Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, and on the faculty of the Coexistence and Conflict Program at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University. Michal's research interests include international relations theory with a focus on the role of ideas and norms in world politics, international institutions and international organizations, conflict resolution, historical justice and memory, transitional justice, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her work has been published in Perspective on Politics, Cooperation and Conflict, and the European Journal of International Relations.


"Ideational Change and the Emergence of the International Norm of Truth and Reconciliation Commission," European Journal of International Relations. July 2013. (pdf)

“Measuring the impacts of truth and reconciliation commissions: placing the global ‘success’ of TRCs in local perspective,” with Megan Mackenzie and Mohammed Sesay, Cooperation and Conflict, Vol. 47, No. 3 September, 2012 (pdf)

"From Taboo to the Negotiable: The Israeli New Historians and the Changing Representation of the Palestinian Refugee Problem." Perspectives on Politics. (pdf).