Efrat Nechushtai

Efrat Nechushtai
Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs
MPA 421
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Areas of Expertise

Comparative journalism studies, digital journalism, polarization and the news, trust, digital platforms in news

Efrat Nechushtai is an assistant professor in the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs and a Knight News Innovation Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She received her Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University in 2020.

Dr. Nechushtai’s research focuses on journalism studies and political communication. She is particularly interested in the impact of platformization and political polarization on journalism, both in the United States and internationally. She has published qualitative, quantitative, and theoretical studies on these topics in Journalism, The International Journal of Press/Politics, Computers in Human Behavior, Journalism Studies, and Information & Culture. Currently she is working on a book manuscript on how journalists in the United States and Germany are responding to anti-media sentiment, based on extensive ethnographic research in both countries.

Dr. Nechushtai was previously an Andrew Wellington Cordier Teaching Fellow in the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (2018-2020) and a visiting fellow in the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University (2019). Before entering academia, she worked as an editor and staff writer at Haaretz.



Dr. Nechushtai earned a Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University in 2020. She received an M.A. in cultural studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2006 and B.A. in social sciences and humanities from the Open University of Israel in 2003.


“Report for America, Report about Communities: Local News Capacity and Community Trust.” Andrea Wenzel, Sam Ford, and Efrat Nechushtai. (2019). Journalism Studies, 21(3), 287-305.

“Making Messages Private: The Formation of Postal Privacy and its Relevance for Digital Surveillance.” Efrat Nechushtai. (2019). Information & Culture, 54(2), 133-158.

“‘Stay Informed’, ‘Become an Insider’ or ‘Drive Change’: Repackaging Newspaper Subscriptions in the Digital Age.” Efrat Nechushtai and Lior Zalmanson. (2019). Journalism. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884919847350

“What Kind of News Gatekeepers Do We Want Machines to Be? Filter Bubbles, Fragmentation, and the Normative Dimensions of Algorithmic Recommendations.” Efrat Nechushtai and Seth C. Lewis. (2019). Computers in Human Behavior, 90, 298-307.

“From Liberal to Polarized Liberal? Contemporary US News in Hallin and Mancini’s Typology of News Systems.” Efrat Nechushtai. (2018). The International Journal of Press/Politics, 23(2),


“Could Digital Platforms Capture News through Infrastructure?” Efrat Nechushtai. (2018). Journalism, 19(8), 1043-1058.​


Classes Taught

SMPA 2101, Journalism: Theory & Practice

SMPA 2151, Research Methods