Chagai M. Weiss

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: Comparative Politics | International Relations


Website: Chagai M. Weiss's website

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Research Interests:

Ethnic Politics, Political Psychology, Intergroup Conflict


Chagai M. Weiss is a PhD candidate at the department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a predoctoral fellow at the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School. His core interest is in examining how institutions and the people within them share intergroup relations in divided societies. He is also working on several projects examining the effects of scalable interventions for prejudice reduction, the electoral effects of conflict, the institutional origins of polarization, and experimental methods. Chagai’s research has been published by The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Comparative Political Studies, Governance, and Political Geography. His research is supported by The Horowitz FoundationThe Morris Abrams FoundationThe Israel Institute, and The Morris Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel. Chagai co-founded and co-coordinates The Intergroup Relations Workshop (IGR) together with Alexandra Scacco, Rebecca Littman, and Cara Wong.


How Diversity in Public Institutions Reduces Mass Prejudice towards Minorities


  1. Weiss, Chagai M. “Diversity in Israeli Healthcare Institutions Reduces Prejudice towards Arabs.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118.14 (2021).
  2. Lotem Basan Nygate, and Chagai M. Weiss. ”Party Competition and Cooperation Shape Affective Polarization: Evidence from Natural and Survey Experiments in Israel.” Forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies.
  3. Bassan-Nygate Lotem, and Chagai M. Weiss. “It’s Us or Them: Partisan Polarization in Israel and Beyond.” APSA MENA Politics Newsletter, Spring 2020.
  4. Weiss, Chagai M. “Sharing Spaces: Segregation, Integration, and Intergroup Relations.” APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter, Spring 2020.
  5. Gilad, Sharon, Saar Alon-Barkat, Chagai M. Weiss. “Bureaucratic Politics and the Translation of Movement Agendas.Governance, 32.2 (2019): 369-385.
  6. Rock, Jonathan, Chagai M. Weiss & Dan Miodownik. “Geographies of violence in Jerusalem: The spatial logic of urban intergroup conflict.Political Geography, 66 (2018): 88-97.