Oded Adomi Leshem

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oleshem@gmu.edu

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Overview

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and at the PICR Lab, both based in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. I also serve as a visiting scholar at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. My research is located at the nexus of political psychology and conflict resolution with a specialization in protracted ethnonational conflicts. Currently, I study hope, fear, and perceptions of competition among citizens engulfed in intractable conflicts with the aim of revealing how these emotions and beliefs affect the dynamics of violent intergroup conflict. 

Research

My main areas of interests are international and intranational conflicts, the formation and transformation of political attitudes and ideologies, and conflict and the media. Apart from my focus on advancing theories in conflict resolution and political psychology, a key aspect of my research agenda is to design and test conflict interventions aimed at transforming violent conflicts.

Publications

  • Leshem, O. A., & Halperin, E. (2020). Lay theories of peace and their influence on policy preference during violent conflict. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2005928117 [pdf]

  • Leshem, O. A., & Halperin, E. (2020). Hope During Conflict. In S. C. van den Heuvel (Ed.), Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Hope (pp. 179–196). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-46489-9_10 [pdf]

  • Leshem, O. & Halperin, E. (2020). Hoping for peace during protracted conflict: Citizens’ hope is based on inaccurate appraisals of their adversary’s hope for peace. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 64 (1), 3-225. [pdf]

  • Leshem, Nooraddini, and Witte (2019), “Surveying Societies Mired in Conflict: Evidence of Social Desirability Bias in Palestine.”  International Journal of Public Opinion Research. [pdf]

  • Leshem (2018), “The Pivotal Role of the Enemy in Inducing Hope for Peace.” Political Studies. [pdf]

  • Leshem (2017), “What You Wish for is Not What You Expect: Measuring Hope for Peace during Intractable Conflicts.” International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 60: pp. 60-66. [pdf]

  • Leshem, Klar, and Flores (2016), “Instilling Hope for Peace during Intractable Conflicts” Social Psychological and Personality Science. 7 (4): pp. 303-311. [pdf]

Conference Presentations

  • 2019 | “Hoping for Peace during Protracted Conflict: Citizens’ Hope is Based on Appraised Hope of the Adversary”, International Society of Political Psychology, Lisbon, Portugal.

  • 2019 | “The Political Psychology of the Palestinian People”, International Society of Political Psychology, Lisbon, Portugal.

  • 2019 | “Failing to Seize Opportunities for Peace: Attribution Styles Drive Opposition to Negotiate During Conflict”, International Association for Conflict Management, Dublin, Ireland.

  • 2019 | “Measuring Hope for Peace during Conflict,” Eurasian Peace Science Conference, Jerusalem, Israel.

  • 2018 | “The Pivotal Role of The Enemy in Inducing Hope for Peace,” Innovations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

  • 2018 | “The Hope Map Project: New Data from Israel-Palestine,” International Association of Conflict Management, Philadelphia, PA.

  • 2018 | “The Hope Map Project: New Data from Israel-Palestine,” International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA.

  • 2017 | “Group Flourishing Benefits from Hope, Wisdom, Blame, and Social Roles.”, Symposium speaker, International Convention of Psychological Science, Vienna, Austria. 

  • 2017 | “What You See is Not What You Expect: Measuring Hope for Peace in Intractable Conflicts.”, International Studies Association, Baltimore, MD.  

  • 2016 | "Inducing Hope for Peace – An experimental Intervention.”, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA.

  • 2016 | "Citizens’ Appraisals of Future Peace in Israel.”, Association for Israel Studies, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA.

  • 2016 | "Messengers of Hope: Comparing the Capacity of Outgroups vs. In-groups to Instill Hope for Resolution.", International Society of Political Psychology, Warsaw, Poland.

  • 2016 | “Hope and Constructive Attitudes Towards Conflict - New Findings Informing Conflict Intervention. ”, International Association of Conflict Management, NYC, NY.

  • 2016 | “Communicators of Peace: In-group and Out-group Communicators Have Different Effects on Hope for Resolution. ”, International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA.  

  • 2016 | “The Conflict in Israel and Palestine: Effective and Ineffective Interventions.”, Conference on Middle East Dialogue, Washington DC.

  • 2015 | “Hope-Instilling Strategies – Two Experimental Conflict Interventions.”, International Society of Political Psychology, San Diego, CA.

  • 2015 | “Hope-Instilling Messages as Conflict Resolution Interventions.”, International Association of Conflict Management, Clearwater, FL.

  • 2015 | “Hope in the Context of Intergroup Conflict.”, Conference on Middle-East Dialogue,

  • Washington DC.

  • 2014 | “Messages of Hope, Inducing Hope for Peace during Intractable Conflicts.”, International Peace Research Association Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.

  • 2014 | “Messages of Hope, Inducing Hope for Peace during Intractable Conflicts: An Empirical Study in Israel.”, IACM, Leiden, Holland.

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • International Society for Political Psychology

  • International Association of Conflict Management

  • International Studies Association

  • American Political Science Association

  • Association for Israel Studies

Teaching

  • “Identity, Ethnicity, and Conflict” Graduate Program - University of Malta. 

  • “Global Conflicts” Undergraduate Course - George Mason University. 

  • “Conflict and Our World - Introduction to Conflict Resolution” Undergraduate Course - George Mason University.

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