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Assistant professor in political science, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Lior Sheffer studies elite political behavior. His research focuses on executive decision making, exploring if and how people who run for office differ from non-politicians when they solve problems and reason about the policy choices they have to make. He specializes in fielding large scale experiments with incumbent politicians as participants, across different contexts and countries. His broader substantive interests are in elections and campaigns, the role of personality in politics, and legislative behavior. Methodologically, he is interested in survey and field experiments, survey design, and application of psychological modules and insights in the study of politics.

Lior received a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Cognitive Science and an M.A, in Public Policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Toronto. His research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, and Political Research Quarterly, among other journals.


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    Assistant professor in political science , Tel Aviv University