Professor Shira Dvir-Gvirsman

Professor Shira Dvir-Gvirsman

Visiting Senior Fellow

Department of Media and Communications

English, Hebrew
Key Expertise
Media effects, social media, politics, journalism

About me

Shira Dvir Gvirsman (Ph.D. Hebrew University, 2011) is an associate professor at the Dan Department of Communication, Tel Aviv University. Her fields of interest are news consumption practices and their implications on political behaviour.

In the last years, she has led the SNSNEWS project (ERC-starting grant). This project explores the growing dominance of social media as a source for news that influenced both audiences and news production. Alongside this project, she is also part of a multi-disciplinary research group that studied the crisis of democratic representation in the Israeli context. By looking at politicians, media, and citizens, the project outlines changes in reciprocal relations between politicians and citizens and how such changes might impact citizens’ feelings of representation.

Expertise Details

Media effects; social media; politics; journalism



  • E. F. Dubow, P. Boxer, L. R. Huesmann, K. Shikaki, S. Landau, S. Dvir-Gvirsman, J. Ginges.  Exposure to Conflict and Violence across Contexts: Relations to Adjustment among Palestinian Children Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 39 vol. 1, 2009 (pp. 103-116).
  • I. Maoz, J. Shamir, G. Wolfsfeld, S. Dvir Gvirsman. Psychological Correlates of Public Support for Reconciliation: The Israeli-Jordanian Case Peace and Conflict Studies, 16 vol. 1, 2009 (pp. 26-43).
  • T. Sheafer, S. Dvir Gvirsman. The Spoiler Effect: Framing Attitudes and Expectations Toward Peace Journal of Peace Research, 47 vol. 2, 2010 (pp. 205-215).
  • D. Atzil Slonim, G. Shefler, S. Dvir Gvirsman, O. Tishby. Changes in Rigidity and Symptoms among Adolescents in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Psychotherapy Research, 21 vol. 6, 2011 (pp.  685-697).
  • E. F. Dubow, P. Boxer, L. R. Huesmann, S. Landau, S. Dvir Gvirsman, K. Shikaki, J. Ginges. Cumulative Effects of Exposure to Violence on Posttraumatic Stress in Palestinian and Israeli YouthJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41 vol. 6, 2012 (pp. 837-844).
  • E. F. Dubow, L. R. Huesmann, P. Boxer, S. Landau, S. Dvir Gvirsman, K. Shikaki, J. Ginges. Exposure to Political Conflict and Violence and Posttraumatic Stress in Middle East Youth: Protective FactorsJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41 vol. 4, 2012 (pp. 402-416).
  • P. Boxer, L. R. Huesmann, E. F. Dubow, S. Landau, S. Dvir Gvirsman, K. Shikaki, J. Ginges. Exposure to Violence across the Social Ecosystem and the Development of Aggression: A test of Ecological Theory in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Child Development, 84 vol. 1, 2013 (pp. 163-177).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman, L. R. Huesmann, E. F.Dubow, S. Landau, K. Shikaki, P. Boxer. The Effects of Mediated Exposure to Ethnic-Political Violence on Middle East Youth's Subsequent Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Aggressive Behavior Communication Research, 41  vol. 7, 2014 (pp. 961-990).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman. It’s Not that We Don’t Know, It’s that We Don’t Care: Explaining Why Selective Exposure Polarizes Attitudes Mass Communication and Society, 17 vol. 1, 2014 (pp. 74-97).
  • R.K. Garrett, S. Dvir Gvirsman, B. Johnson, Y. Tsfati, R. Neo, A. Dal. Implications of Pro- and Counter-Attitudinal Information Exposure for Affective Polarization Human Communication Research, 40 vol. 3, 2014 (pp. 309-322).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman. Size Matters: The Effects of Political Orientation Majority Status and Majority Size on Misperceptions of Public Opinion Public Opinion Quarterly, 79 vol. 1, 2015 (pp. 1-27).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman. Testing our Quasi-Statistical Sense: News use, Political Knowledge and False Projection Political Psychology, 36 vol. 6, 2015 (pp. 729-747).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman. One-Track Minds? Cognitive Needs, Media Diet, and Overestimation of Public Support for One’s Views Media Psychology, 18 vol. 4, 2015  (pp. 475-498).
  • N. Johan,  S. Dvir Gvirsman. I Don't Like You Anymore: Political Unfriending on Facebook Journal of Communication, 65 vol. 6, 2015 (pp. 953-974).
  • E. Niwa, P. Boxer, E. F.Dubow, L. R. Huesmann, S. Landau, K. Shikaki, S. Dvir-Gvirsman. Negative Stereotypes of Ethnic Out-groups: A Longitudinal Examination among Palestinian, Israeli Jewish, and Israeli Arab Youth Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21 vol. 1, 2016 (pp. 166-179).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman, Y. Tsfati, E. Menchen-Trevino. The Extent and Nature of Ideological Selective Exposure Online: Combining Survey Responses with Actual Web Log Data from the 2013 Israeli Elections New media and Society, 18 vol. 5, 2016 (pp. 857-877).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman, L. R. Huesmann, E. F.Dubow, S. Landau, P. Boxer, K. Shikaki. The Longitudinal Effects of Chronic Mediated Exposure to Political Violence on Ideological Beliefs about Political Conflicts among Youth Political Communication, 33 vol. 1, 2016 (pp. 98-117).
  • E. Niwa, P. Boxer, E. F.Dubow, L. R. Huesmann, K. Shikaki, S. Landau, S. Dvir-Gvirsman. Growing Up Amid Ethno-Political Conflict: Aggression and Emotional Desensitization Promote Hostility to Ethnic Out-Groups Child Development, 87 vol. 5, 2016 (pp. 1479-1492).
  • R. Huesmann, E. F.Dubow, P. Boxer, L. S. Landau, S. Dvir-Gvirsman, K. Shikaki. Children's Exposure to Violent Political Conflict Stimulates Aggression at Peers by Increasing Emotional Distress, Aggressive Script Rehearsal, and Normative Beliefs Favoring Aggression Development and Psychopathology, 29 vol. 1, 2017 (pp 39-50).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman. Media Audience Homophily: Partisan Websites Audience and Polarization Processes New Media and Society, 19 vol. 7, 2017 (pp.1072-1091).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman, R.K. Garrett, Y. Tsfati. Why Partisans Participate More?  Testing the Explanatory Power of Selective Exposure and Public Opinion Perception Communication Research, 45 vol. 1, 2018 (pp. 112-136).
  • Y. Tsfati, S. Dvir Gvirsman. Silencing Fellow Citizens: Conceptualization, Measurement and Validation of a Scale for Measuring the Belief in the Importance of Actively Censoring Others International Journal of Public Opinion, 30 vol. 3, 2018   (pp. 391-419).  
  • T. Ashuri, S. Dvir-Gvirsman, R. Halperin. Watching Me Watching You:  How Observational Learning Affects Self-Disclosure on SNS? Journal of Commuter mediated Communication, 23 vol. 1,  2018 (pp 34-68).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman. I like what I see: The Influence of Social Cues on News Selection Information, Communication and Society, 22 vol. 2, 2019 (pp. 286-305).
  • E. F.Dubow, L. R. Huesmann, P. Boxer, K.Smith, S. Landau, S. Dvir Gvirsman, K. Shikaki.  Serious Violent Behavior and Antisocial Outcomes as Consequences of Exposure to Ethnic-Political Conflict and Violence among Israeli and Palestinian Youth Aggressive behavior, 45 vol. 3, 2019 (pp. 287-299).
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman. Political Social Identity and Selective Exposure: Using Social Identity theory to Overcome Partisan Selective Media Psychology, 22 vol. 6, 2019 (pp. 867-2889).

** All co-authors are PhD Students

  • **H. Afriat-Aviv, S. Dvir Gvirsman, K. Tsuriel, L. Ivan. “This is Capitalism. It is Not Illegal”: Users’ Attitudes Toward Institutional Privacy Following the Cambridge Analytica Scandal Information Society, 37 vol. 2, 2020 (pp 115-127). 
  • **K. Tsuriel, S. Dvir-Gvirsman, L. Ziv, H. Afriat-Aviv, L. Ivan. Servant of Two Masters: How Social Media Editors Balance between Mass Media Logic and Social Media Logic Journalism, 22 vol. 8, 2021 (pp. 1983-2000).
  • N. German, M. Cargnino, S. Winter, S. Dvir-Gvirsman. “You’re Still Worth It”: The Moral and Relational Context of Politically Motivated Unfriending Decisions in Online Networks PLOS One, 16 vol. 1, 2021 e0243049
  • S. Dvir Gvirsman. Understanding News Engagement on Social Media: A media Repertoire Approach New Media and Society.
  • Y. Tsfati, J. Cohen, L. Hulbert, S. Dvir-Gvirsman, I. Visman-Manor, K. Tsuriel. Political Para-social Relationship as a Predictor of Voting Preferences in the Israeli 2019 Elections Communication Research. 


Chapters in Books 

  • S. Landau, S. Dvir Gvirsman, L. R. Huesmann, E. F.Dubow, P. Boxer, K. Shikaki, , J. Ginges. The Effects of Exposure to Violence on Aggressive Behavior: The Case of Arab and Jewish Children in Israel. In K. Österman (Ed.) Indirect and Direct Aggression, New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2010 (pp. 321-343).
  • M. Shamir, S. Dvir-Gvirsman, R. Ventura. Taken Captive by the Collective Identity Cleavage: Left and Right in the 2015 Elections. In M. Shamir, G. Rahat (eds.) The Elections in Israel – 2015, 2017, New Jersey: Transaction Publishing.
  • I. Danjoux, S. Dvir Gvirsman, T. Sheafer,  S. Shenhav. Visual Spoilers?  Peace and Conflict in Israeli Political Cartoons. In G. Golan, G. Sher (eds.) The Spoiler Effect, 2018, Indiana: Indiana University Press.
  • E. F. Dubow, L.C. Goodman, P. Boxer, E. Y. Niwa, L. R. Huesmann, S. Landau, S. Dvir Gvirsman, K. Shikaki, C. Smith. Effects of Political Violence Exposure on the Family and Parenting Environment: The Case of Palestinians and Israelis. In C.W. Greenbaum, M. M. Haj-Yahia, C. Hamilton (eds.) Handbook of Political Violence and Children, 2020, London: Oxford.


Other Publications

  • S. Blum Kulka, S. Dvir Gvirsman. Peer Learning. In E. Baker, E. McGaw,  P. Peterson (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education 2010, Oxford: Elsevier, (pp. 444-449). Reprint in: S. Jarvela. Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, 2012,Oxford: Elsevier.