Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Political Science & Legal Studies

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On leave, AY 2021-2022


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA, Tel-Aviv University

Research Interests

  • International Relations Theory
  • International Norms
  • International Policy
  • Transitional Justice
  • The Conflict in Israel/Palestine

Employment History

  • Wellesley College
    Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science (2014-2016)
  • MIT
    Lecturer, Department of Political Science (Spring 2014)
  • Brandeis University
    Lecturer, Department of Politics/ Coexistence and Conflict Program (2009-2012)


  • “How Identity Issues Keep India and Israel Apart,” with Manjari Chatterjee Miller, Foreign Affairs, July 10, 2017.
  • "Ideational Change and the Emergence of the International Norm of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions," European Journal of International Relations, 2014, 20 (3): 810-833. First published online on July 12, 2013.
  • "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, 2012, 47 (3): 386-403.
  • "From Taboo to the Negotiable: The Israeli New Historians and the Changing Representation of the Palestinian Refugee Problem," Perspectives on Politics, 2007, 5 (2): 241-258.
  • "Agents of Truth and Justice: Truth Commissions and the Transitional Justice Epistemic Community," in Volker Heins and David Changler (eds.), Rethinking Ethical Foreign Policy: Pitfalls, Possibilities and Paradoxes. London: Routledge, 2007, 184-205.
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Courses Taught

  • GVT 261- Theory and Practice of International Relations
  • GVT 765- Global Public Policy