University of Calgary

Michael Keren

  • Professor Emeritus of Communication - Media & Film

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


B.A. (Philosophy and Political Science), The Hebrew University, Jerusalem , Ph.D. (Political Science), the University of Minnesota


I am presently involved in two main research projects: an attempt to derive insights on early 21st century politics from works of fiction and an attempt to understand changes in the role of public intellectuals in the new media environment. I am also involved in a life writing project highlighting major cultural and political trends in modern Israel.


Michael Keren, born in Jerusalem, received his B.A. in philosophy and political science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1968 and his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Minnesota in 1975. Since 1975 he lectured on political philosophy and political communication at Tel-Aviv University where he also served as department chair and as head of the Institute for the Study of Jewish Press and Communications. In 2002 he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Communication, Culture and Civil Society at the University of Calgary. Professor Keren lectured in many universities and other institutions in North America, Europe and Asia, and frequently comments on Israeli and global affairs in the media.


Ben Gurion and the Intellectuals: Power, Knowledge and Charisma. (1983)

The Pen and the Sword: Israeli Intellectuals and the Making of the Nation-State (1989)

Professionals against Populism: The Peres Government and Democracy (1995)

The Concentration of Media Ownership and Freedom of the Press (1996)

History of Political Ideas (2001 - in Hebrew)

International Intervention: Sovereignty vs. Responsibility (2002 - with Don Sylvan)

Zichroni v. State of Israel: The Biography of a Civil Rights Lawyer (2002)

The Citizen's Voice: Twentieth Century Politics and Literature (2003)

Blogosphere; The New Political Arena (2006).

War Memory and Popular Culture (2009 - with Holger Herwig).

We Are Coming, Unafraid: The Jewish Legions and the Promised Land in the First World War  (2010- with Shlomit Keren).

Speaking Power to Truth: Digital Discourse and the Public Intellectual (2015- with Richard Hawkins).

Politics and Literature at the Turn of the millennium (2015).

Recent Refereed Articles

(With Shlomit Keren). “The Jewish Legions in World War I as a Locus of Identity Formation,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 6 (1) (March 2007): 69-83. “The ‘Original Position’ in José Saramago’s Blindness Review of Politics 69 (Summer 2007). Pp. 447-463. “Fiction and the Study of Slums: Anosh Irani’s The Cripple and his Talismans.” Journal of Poverty 12 (2) 2008: 251-261. “A Canadian Alternative to the ‘Clash of Civilizations.” International Journal of Canadian Studies 37. 2008: 41-55. (With Shlomit Keren). “Chaplain with a Star of David: Rabbi L.A. Falk and the Jewish Legions.” Israel Affairs 14 (April 2008). 180-197. “The Bystander’s Tale: Gil Courtemanche's A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali and the Rwandan Genocide.” Studies in Canadian Literature 34.2 (2010): 22-39. "Blogging and Mass Politics." Biography, 2010. ." Biography 33/1 (Winter 2010): 110-126. "Absurdity and Revolt in Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'" Phaenex: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture." Vol. 7 (Spring/Summer 2012): 221-243." Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' and the Virtual Age." Gag 30 (Fall 2013). "The Quest of Identity in Sayed Kashua's Let It Be Morning." Israel Studies 19 (1) Spring 2014: 126-144;"No, Prime Minister; Public Intellectuals and Power in Israel." Media International Australia 156, August 2015: 79-88.



Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD - Political Science
    University of Minnesota, 1975
  • BA - Philosophy and Political Science
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1968
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