Prof. Michal Shamir is the incumbent of the Alvin Z. Rubinstein Chair for Political Science at Tel-Aviv University. Her B.A is from Tel Aviv University and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses
on democratic politics, including elections, party systems, public opinion, tolerance, and democratic culture. Her work concentrates on old and newly established democracies, with a particular emphasis on Israel. She
has published several books and numerous articles in these areas, and is the recipient of the Israel Political Science Association Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the Principal Investigator of the Israel National Election Studies (INES)
since 1988 (until 2009 with Asher Arian), and the editor of The Elections in Israel series since 1984 (co-edited with Asher Arian until 2009, and with Gideon Rahat since 2015). She is the project coordinator of the Israel
Science Foundation Center of Excellence: “Looking beyond the Crisis of Democracy: Patterns of Representation in Israeli Elections” (2018-2022).