As a post-doc fellow and as a visiting scholar at BC, I have been given the opportunity to join MRAP and to become a full member of this wonderful group. I see this period as one of the best phases of my life, constantly enriching and exciting. Originally from Israel, I am currently living in Brookline, MA with my family. In addition to my post-doc activities, I teach mass media and communication courses at several local universities among them Boston College and Boston University. I was a full time faculty member in the School of Communication at Sapir Academic College for the three years prior to my relocation to the US and also worked as an adjunct professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in several other academic institutions. A few months ago, I submitted my PhD to the Hebrew University and I’m expecting my degree any day now. My dissertation was on the internet as a new work-tool for American political reporters. My advisor was Professor Gadi Wolfsfeld. I intend to do future research on the internet as a new medium of political communication as it is one of my major areas of interest. I earned my BA in political science, journalism and communication and my MA in political communication at Hebrew University. My MA thesis looked at the Netanyahu government and its relationship with the Israeli media in light of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. I’m very interested in the role of the news media in the diplomatic-political arena in times of war, terror, and peace. In this case, my interest as a scholar follows my personal-ideological involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As a professor back in Israel, I did my best to make use of my position to help the struggling peace movement, although I have never been considered a “formal peace activist.” Ironically enough, it is my involvement in a local dovish American-Jewish organization (Brit Tzedek v’Shalom), along with Bill Gamson, Michelle Gawerc, and Noa Milman, which allows me to finally perceive my self as such.
- Malka, V. (2005), “Internet and Political Culture”, Panim (30), January, 2005 (In Hebrew).
- Malka, V. (2003), “The Internet as a New Work Tool for American Political reporters: Influences, Trends and Assessments,” paper presented at the 7th ISCA conference, Bar Ilan University, April, 2003.