Azi Lev-On

Ariel University Center, Israel
Graduation Year
Azi Lev-On

Dr. Azi Lev-On has been appointed as the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Visiting Israel Professor at the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences for the 2009-10 academic year.  Lev-On will focus his research on behavior and organization in computer-mediated environments.

Lev-On serves as the head of the new media track in Ariel University Center in the City of Ariel in Israel. An expert in political communication and political theory, Dr. Lev-On studies the social and political uses of the Internet, focusing on questions of collective action and democratic governance.  His recent research studies how and why computer-mediated communication impacts monetary transfers in trust games, and how people rank news stories online. A particular area of interest has been Internet usage surrounding political events in Israel, through which Lev-On examines the behaviors of a wide range of citizens including political candidates, Ultra-Orthodox segments, and Gaza Strip evacuees.  At Stanford, Lev-On will teach classes on the social and political impacts of the Internet, models of democracy, and Israeli politics and society.

The professorship is funded by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), a nonpartisan organization committed to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship by emphasizing the fundamental values that our nations share. AICE was established in 1993 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and provides a vehicle for the research, study, discussion and exchange of views concerning nonmilitary cooperation (Shared Value Initiatives) between the peoples and governments of the United States and Israel.


Field of Interest
behavior and organization in computer-mediated environments, social and political uses of the Internet, collective action, democratic governance