Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom

Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom
Ben-Nun Bloom
Professor, Department of Political Science
Room 2205, Social Science


Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom is a Professor and the director of the Political Psychology Laboratory at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

She is currently an Academic Visitor at Cambridge University and an Associate Member at Nuffield College, Oxford University.

The various strands of her research agenda examine the conditions under which enduring values – particularly religion and moral convictions - hinder or enhance democratic norms, such as support for democracy, tolerance, acculturation, political participation, human rights, social justice, impartiality of decision makers, and good governance.

Her current ERC-funded project examines the causal effect of exposure to cultural symbols in the public space on sociopolitical acculturation. In that vein, her team conducts cross-cultural experiments in France, England, and Israel, using innovative VR and AR technologies.

She is the recipient of the Erik Erikson Early Career Award, recognizing exceptional achievement in the field of political psychology (2019), and have received over $2,000,000 in grants, including an ERC grant (ERC-StG-804031-ReligSpace), ISF, NSF, and Marie Curie, among others. She has published in leading political science, social psychology, public policy, conflict resolution, and environmental journals.


Recent Publications (2018-present)

[17] Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (forthcoming). Morality as the Enduring Basis of Public Opinion. In: Leonie Huddy, David Sears, Jack Levy, and Jennifer Jerit (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology. Oxford University Press.

[16] Vishkin, AllonS, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (forthcoming). The Multi-Dimensional Influence of Religion on the Acceptance and Integration of Immigrants. Current Opinion in Psychology. Online first.

[15] Elkayam-Shalem, HaggaiS, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (forthcoming). Don’t Scratch the Moral Itch: Restoring Political Image Following a Scandal. Acta Politica. Online first.

[14] Vishkin, AllonS, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Arikan, Gizem, Ginges, Jeremy. (2022). A Motivational Framework of Religion: Tying Together the Why and the How of Religion. European Journal of Social Psychology. 52(3), 420-434.

[13] Assouline, MichaelaS, Gilad, Sharon, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (2022). Discrimination of Minority Welfare Claimants in The Real World. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 32(1), 15-96.

[12] Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Arikan, Gizem, Vishkin, AllonS. (2021). Religion and Democratic Commitment: A Unifying Motivational Framework. Advances in Political Psychology. 42(S1), 75-108.

[11] Vishkin, AllonS, Horenczyk, Gabriel, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (2021). A Motivational Framework of Acculturation. Brain and Behavior. 11, e2267.

 [10] Birenboim, Amit, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Levit, HilaS, Omer, Itzhak. (2021). The Study of Walking, Walkability and Wellbeing in Immersive Virtual Environments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(2), 364

[9] Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Kimhi, Shaul, Fachter, ShaniS, Shamai, Michal, Canetti, Daphna. (2020). Coping with Moral Threat: Moral Judgment amid War on Terror. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 64: 231-260.

[8] Vishkin, AllonS, Schwartz, Shalom, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Solak, Nevin, Tamir, Maya. (2020). Religiosity and desired emotions: Belief maintenance or prosocial facilitation? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 46: 1090-1106.

[7] Vishkin, AllonS, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Schwartz, Shalom, Solak, Nevin, Tamir, Maya. (2019). Religiosity and emotion regulation. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 50(9), 1050-1074. 

[6] Arikan, Gizem, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (2019). Religion and Political Protest: A Cross-Country Analysis. Comparative Political Studies. 52 (2): 246-276.

 [5] Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Vishkin, AllonS, Ben Nun, PazS, Korenman, MiriamS, Tamir, Maya. (2019). Religion and Anti-Immigration Sentiments in Context: Field Studies in Jerusalem. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. 29 (2): 77-93.

[4] Arikan, Gizem, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (2019). "I was Hungry and You Gave Me Food": Religiosity and Attitudes toward Redistribution. PLoS One. 14(4): e0215935.

[3] Vishkin, AllonS, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Tamir, Maya. (2019). Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: Religiosity, Emotion Regulation and Well-Being in a Jewish and Christian Sample. Journal of Happiness Studies. 20 (2): 427-447.

 [2] Arikan, Gizem, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit. (2019). Democratic Norms and Religion. In: Paul Djupe, Mark J. Rozell, and Ted G. Jelen (Eds.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (pp. 241-261). Oxford University Press. Reprinted In: Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press.

[1] Gilad, Sharon, Ben-Nun Bloom, Pazit, Assouline, MichaelaS. (2018). Bureaucrats’ Processing of Organizational Reputation Signals. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration. 1 (1): 1-11.