Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber, PhD

Chair and Associate Professor, Communication, Journalism & Media

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Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber was born and raised in Israel to parents of Yemenite descent. She has a Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has worked as a journalist in Israel for several publications including: Yediot Aharonot, Shishi, Hadashot, and Hapatish newspapers, and did research for the investigative show Uvda on Channel Two. She also worked as a researcher and diversity trainer for Adva Center for Equality of Israeli Society. Shoshana joined the faculty at Suffolk University in 2004, and has been teaching courses in Journalism, Media, and Documentary Film. She is the author of Israeli Media and the Framing of Internal Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). This book examines bias within the state of Israel and the media at large, through the lens of the news coverage of the Yemenite Babies Affair.  

The Yemenite Babies Affair is the emotionally laden, yet still unresolved, story of the alleged kidnapping of hundreds of Yemenite babies during transit and upon their arrival to Israel during the 1950s.  In analyzing fifty years of public narratives, Shoshana argues that the media played a major role in concurrently framing and silencing this story. This study exposes the clash between the European Zionist ideology of unity, and the reality of Israel’s diverse society, where at least half of the Jewish population is of Arab descent. Shoshana is engaged regularly in giving guest lectures about her research topics in both academic settings and to the community at large in the US and in Israel.  She is also part of the speaker’s bureau of the multicultural organization Bechol Lashon. 


  • PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MA, Hebrew University
  • BA, Bar-Ilan University

Research Interests

  • Intra Jewish conflict in Israeli society.
  • The role of the media in shaping the sphere of public discourse, especially the representation of minorities and social conflict. 
  • Representation of Mizrahim (Arab-Jews) in popular culture.
  • Intercultural communication. 
  • Activism, social protest, and social media.



  • Israeli Media and the Framing of Internal Conflict: The Yemenite Babies Affair. Palgrave Macmillan (2009); published in paperback (July 2014).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (in press). Present Absent: The Politics of Mizrahi Representation in the Media. In Hani Zubeda and ReutReina Benderhyme (Eds.). Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2022). From Mainstream to Social Media: The Kidnapped Yemeni Babies Affair In Israel aAnd The Fight For Memory and Justice. Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies 21.1: 1–20 Edinburgh University Press
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2021). Whitewashing Narratives: Israeli Media and the Framing of the Kidnapped babies Affair. Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary e-Journal Vol 17(2) 
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2019). Their Cry I Cannot Forget: How My Investigation of the Yemenite Babies Affair Disillusioned Me with Zionism. In Carolyn Karcher (Ed.), From Ethnic Loyalty to Human Solidarity: Stories of Jewish Transformation. Olive Branch Press (Interlink).
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2019). מחאת התימנים בפרספקטיבה היסטורית. Hakivun Mizrah, 33. (in Hebrew).
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2019). דיווח או טיוח? פרשת ילדי תימן בראי התקשורת הישראלית. In Tova Gamliel and Nathan Shifriss (Ed.), The Children of the Heart (Hebrew). Tel Aviv:Resling.
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2012). “Whitewashing Narratives: Israeli Media and the Yemenite Babies Affair.” in Arab Jews: Third Interruption? (Ebrei Arabi: Terzo Incomodo?) Edited by Susanna Sinigaglia. Zambon Press (2012) (in Italian)
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2007) “Kikar Hahalomot: Circle of Dreams” Forthcoming in 24 Frames: North Africa and Middle Eastern Cinema, Colombia University Press.
  • Madmon-Gerber, S. (2003). “Orientalism Reconsidered: Israeli Media and the Articulation of Resistance” Cultural Studies Volume 17 (2).

Other Publications

Book Reviews

  • Madmon0-Gerber, S. (2017) Bureaucratic Torture, Israeli nationalism, and the Question of Palestine; Full text HTML PDF; Cultural Studies; Published online: 17 April 2016
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2013) God Jews and the Media Religion and Israel’s media,. International Journal of Middle East Studies IJMES 45(3), August 2013.
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2010) Intra Jewish Conflict In Israel: White Jews Black Jews. Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies Volume 9 (1). pp. 121-125.
  • Madmoni-Gerber, S. (2006) Zichronot Asurom [Forbidden Reminiscences] Israel Studies Forum 21 (1).

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Office Hours

    • Tuesday 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (in-person or via Zoom)
    • Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (in-person or via Zoom)
      and by appointment
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Courses Taught

  • CJN 112 Journalism I
  • CJN 253 Broadcast Journalism
  • CJN 301 Documentary Film and Conflict
  • CJN 315 Conflict, Negotiation, Mediation
  • CJN 482 Cultural Theory and Practice
  • CJN 510 Independent Study
  • CJN H301 Honors Documentary Film & Conflict