Professor Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom is a full Professor and the Director of the Political Psychology Laboratory at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Currently, she is a visiting fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at Cambridge, and is also affiliated with Clare Hall College, Cambridge, with the Cambridge Interfaith Programme, and with Nuffield College, Oxford.
The various strands of Professor Ben-Nun Bloom’s 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.
Professor Ben-Nun Bloom’s current 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.
Professor Ben-Nun Bloom is the recipient of the Erik Erikson Early Career Award, recognizing 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.
When her two young boys allow it, she writes fiction, reads compulsively, volunteers to support fellow mothers in the community, dances, and am always excited to travel new roads.