Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch, PhD

Assistant Professor
Government Department

Phone: 617-573-8041
Fax: 617-367-4623
Email: mben-josefhirsch@suffolk.edu
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1088


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

Fields of Interest

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


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


"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.

Courses Taught

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