Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch, PhD

Associate Professor, Political Science & Legal Studies

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On sabbatical, AY 2023-2023


  • 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

  • Brandeis University
    Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies (2021-2022)
  • 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)


  • "Democracy at Risk: Assessing Israel’s Democratic Backsliding." 2022. Middle East Brief 150, Crown Center for Middle East Studies. Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • "Historical Acknowledgment as an Early Conflict Negotiation Strategy: A Feasibility Study of Israel/Palestine." Negotiation Journal, Spring 2021 37(2), 163-191.
  • "Conceptualizing and assessing norm strength in International Relations." with Jennifer M. Dixon. European Journal of International Relations, June 2021 27(2), 521-547.
  • "Otherness and Resilience in Bilateral Relations." with Manjari Chatterjee Miller, Journal of International Relations and Development, 2020, 24, 365-380.
  • “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

  • POLS-115-Evolution of the Global System
  • POLS-120-Research Methods
  • POLS-261-Theory and Practice of International Relations
  • POLS-309-Transitional Justice
  • POLS-311-Conflict in Israel/Palestine
  • POLS-363- American Foreign Policy
  • POLS-609-Transitional Justice
  • POLS-765-Global Public Policy