Prof. Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy

Academic Director, Rabin Leadership Program

Areas of expertise

  • Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler is an Associate Professor at ​the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.
    Her work focuses on the processes underpinning political extremism and violence, with a particular emphasis on Israel. Using quantitative methods along with large-N analysis, she aim to elucidate the socio-political motivations behind political extremism and the conditions under which political extremism poses threats to democracies.

    Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in, Journal of Peace Research, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Foreign Affairs, Comparative Politics, Political Psychology, Electoral Studies, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and other outlets.

    Her book "The Israeli Settler Movement: Assessing and Explaining Social Movement Success," co-authored with Prof. Cas Mudde, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2021.

  • Hirsch-Hoefler, S., & Mudde, C. (2020). The Israeli Settler Movement: Assessing and Explaining Social Movement Success. Cambridge University Press.

    Shitrit, L. B., Elad‐Strenger, J., & Hoefler, S. H. (2021). “Pinkwashing” the radical‐right: Gender and the mainstreaming of radical‐right policies and actions. European Journal of Political Research.

    Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan, Tamar Saguy and Gilad Hirschberger (2020). The Psychological Effects of Forced Evacuation: The Case of Jewish Settlers in the West Bank. In Golan, G. and Sher, G. (Eds.) Spoilers and Israeli Peacemaking. Indiana University Press.

    Hirsch-Hoefler S.,* Vashdi D., Muldoon O., Lowe, R., & Canetti, D. (2019). Status symmetry effect: The association of exposure and PTS in Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland. Terrorism & Political Violence. 1-18.

    Hirsch-Hoefler, S., Kahn, D. T., & Hirschberger, G. (2018). Reactions to Imposed Political Change: A Prospective Experimental Investigation of Jewish Settlers’ Resistance to State Contraction. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. Advance online publication.

    Anderson, C. J., Getmansky, A., & Hirsch-Hoefler, S. (2018). Burden sharing: income, inequality and willingness to fight. British Journal of Political Science, 1-17.

    Canetti, D., Hirsch-Hoefler, S., Rapaport, C., Lowe, R. D., & Muldoon, O. T. (2018). Psychological Barriers to a Peaceful Resolution: Longitudinal Evidence from the Middle East and Northern Ireland. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism41(8), 660-676.

    Ben Shitrit, L., Elad-Strenger, J., & Hirsch-Hoefler, S. (2017). Gender differences in support for direct and indirect political aggression in the context of protracted conflict. Journal of Peace Research54(6), 733-747.

     Shuman, E., Cohen‐Chen, S., Hirsch‐Hoefler, S., & Halperin, E. (2016). Explaining normative versus nonnormative action: The role of implicit theories. Political Psychology37(6), 835-852. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism39Foreign Affairs, October 8, 2014.

      Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan and Mudde Cas (2014). ECOTERRORISM: TERRORIST THREAT OR POLITICAL PLOY? Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 37 (7), 586-603.

      Alimi Eitan and Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan (2012). Structure of Political Opportunities and Threats and Movement/Countermovement Interaction in Segmented Composite Regimes. Comparative Politics, 44 (3), 331-349.

    Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan, Canetti-Nisim, Daphna. Pedahzur, Ami (2010). Two of a Kind: Voting Motivations for Populist Radical Right and Religious Fundamentalist Parties, Electoral Studies, Volume 29 (4), 678-690.

    Halperin, Eran, Canetti-Nisim, Daphna, Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan (2009). "Emotional antecedents of political intolerance: The central role of group-based hatred". Political Psychology, 30, 93-123.

    Canetti-Nisim, Daphna, Halperin, Eran, Hobfoll, E. S., Shapira, Oren, Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan (2009). Authoritarianism, Perceived Threat and Exclusionism on the Eve of the Disengagement: Evidence from Gaza. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 33, 463-474.

    Ben-Dor, Gabriel. Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan. Halperin, Eran, and Canetti-Nisim, Daphna (2007). The Social Aspect of National Security: The Impact of Terror on Israeli Society. Defence Journal.

    Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan. Halperin, Eran (2006). Through the Squalls of Hate: Arab-Phobic Attitudes among Extreme Right and Moderate Right in Israel. Palestinian Israeli Journal, 12, 53-61.

    Halperin, Eran. Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan. Canetti-Nisim, Daphna (2006). "The Xenophobic Demon is no longer in the Bottle: On the Role of Psychological and Socio-economic variables in crystallization of Xenophobic Attitudes towards Foreign laborers" Social Issues 1, 89-127.

    Weinberg, Leonard. Pedahzur, Ami. Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan (2004). The Challenges of Conceptualizing Terrorism. Terrorism and Political Violence, Spring Vol 16 (4), 777-94.

    Pedahzur, Ami. Hirsch, Sivan. Canetti-Nisim, Daphna (2004). Whose Victory? An Empirical Analysis of the Popular Votes for the Right-Wing Camp in the 2003 Elections. Israel Affairs 10 (4), 20-35.


    Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan and Mudde Cas. (2020 forthcoming). The Israeli Settler Movement: Explaining and Assessing Social Movement Success. Cambridge University Press.


      Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan and Mudde, Cas (2013). "Right-Wing Movements". In Snow, Della Porta, Klanderman​s, and McAdam (Eds.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements (pp. 1116-1124).

    Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan. Halperin, Eran, Canetti-Nisim, Daphna (2008). "The Disengagement as an 'Anti-Democratic Process' – True Belief in Democratic Values or Public Relations in the Service of the Opposition?" In Lebel, U. (Ed.). The Disengagement.

    Hirsch-Hoefler Sivan. Book review. (2007). Charles, Tilly. 2006. Regimes and Repertoires.  The Czech Sociological Review.

    Hirsch-Hoefler Sivan. Book review. (2005). David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, and Hanspeter Kriesi (Eds.). 2004. The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. The European Consortium on Political Research, The ECPR-SG on Extremism & Democracy

    Hirsch-Hoefler Sivan (2003). Book review. Pedahzur, Ami. 2000. The Extreme Right-Wing Parties in Israel: Emargence or Decline?, Special Issue Right-Wing Extremism. State & Society Journal 3 (1) (Hebrew).

    Efrat Asif, Hirsch-Hoefler Sivan & Magen Amichai. (2019). Global Democracy & Rule of Law Conditions and Trajectories. Working paper for the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation program (RECONNECT). 
    Hirschberger, Gilad. & Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan. (2018). Characterizing the Needs and Preferences of West Bank Settlers. Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS) Report. 
    Hirschberger, Gilad. & Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan. (2016). Socio-demographic and ideological differences among West-Bank Settlers: A comparison of four distinct groups. (Issue brief). Commanders for Israel's Security (CIS) Report. 
    Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan, Canetti, Daphna, and Eiran, Ehud. (2015). Radicalizing Religion? Political violence at a glance

    Hirsch-Hoefler Sivan, Canetti Daphna and Hobfoll Steven. (2015) Individuals exposed to political violence are  less likely to support compromises in peace talks. EUROPP , London School of Economics and Political Science, Jan 6, 2015;

    Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan and Mudde Cas (2014). ECOTERRORISM: TERRORIST THREAT OR POLITICAL PLOY? The Washington Post, Dec 19, 2014;