Hello and welcome! My name is Efrat Nechushtai and I'm an assistant professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. I'm also a Knight News Innovation Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. I received my Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University in 2020. Previously, I was an Andrew Wellington Cordier Teaching Fellow in the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.
My work explores the impact of platformization and political polarization on journalism in the United States and internationally.
I have 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.
My scholarship received the 2021 Top Faculty Paper award from the International Communication Association (Journalism Studies division), the 2022 Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Award for Scholarship in Postal History, and the 2022 Top Paper Abstract Award (Midwinter conference) from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Political Communication division).
My research and teaching are informed by my professional experience as a journalist. I find that experience invaluable as I study the challenges journalists are facing and instruct students on how to meet them.