Academic Biography


I am a Full Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where I’ve been teaching since 2004, after completing his doctoral research at McGill University, Canada. My research interests are in theory and philosophy of communication and media, focusing specifically on the ethical aspects of the limits of communication; media witnessing, memory and trauma; and pathologies of communication and their construction.

I am the author of By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication (Duquesne UP, 2005), Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma (Oxford UP, 2019), and Echo (MIT Press, 2022). I am coeditor of Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication (with P. Frosh; Palgrave, 2009) and Ethics of Media (with N. Couldry and M. Madianou; Palgrave, 2013). My work has appeared in academic journals such as Critical Inquiry, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Cultural Critique, Cultural Studies, Public Culture, New Media & Society, and Theory, Culture & Society.

In 2011 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and in the following year the recipient of the James A. Jaksa Scholar Award from the National Communication Association, Ethics Division.  From 2011-2015 I served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division of the International Communication Association. I am a former Senior Fellow of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University, later serving as a member of the Society’s academic committee.    

Curriculum Vitae



Department of Communication and Journalism
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus 91905 Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972-2-5883212