I teach at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdiscplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. My research interests are in American politics with a specific focus on the presidency, public opinion and political parties, and in American elite and mass opinion toward Israel.
My recent book, The Party Politics of Presidential Rhetoric (Cambridge, 2017) challenges the contemporary convention that presidents are unsuccessful leaders of public opinion. Examining the short-term effect of speeches of presidents, the partisan response to these speeches and their impact on the partisan environment, I argue that presidents have an important and meaningful influence on public opinion and political behavior.
I live in Haifa, Israel, with my wife, Inbal, and our children, Yonatan, Itamar, Naomi and Avital. When not at work, you can find me walking in the woods, running on the beach, cycling, or camping and hiking with my family.