Yael Warshel

Yael  Warshel

Assistant Professor of Telecommunications and African Studies

119 Carnegie Building

Phone: (814) 865-3717


Area(s) of Specialization: Comparative and Global African, Middle Eastern, and Saharan Media (including Systems, Ethics, Practices, Uses, Reception, Effects and Contexts), Peace Communication and Social Change, Children and Ethnopolitical Conflict, Ethnography of Violence, Public O


Yael Warshel is an assistant professor of telecommunications, Rock Ethics Institute research associate, and affiliated faculty of international and comparative education, international affairs, African studies, and Middle Eastern studies. She works at the intersection between international media, child, and conflict analysis, practice and policy specializing in what she has coined as, “peace communication.” Dr. Warshel is fluent in and/or has studied five languages and conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans and Latin America. An award-winning scholar, Dr. Warshel is the recipient of three top dissertation awards, including one in peace studies and two in global and international communication.

At Penn State, Dr. Warshel leads a Rock Ethics initiative about Children, Youth, and Media in International and Global Conflict Zones. Before joining Penn State, Dr. Warshel taught at UCLA, UCSD, and American University as an assistant professor of international communication and associate faculty of international peace and conflict resolution. She coordinated communication policy for UNESCO, worked as photojournalist with the Zimbabwe‐Inter‐Africa‐News‐Agency, and conducted policy‐relevant research with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the Jerusalem‐based Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the Center for Middle East Development, and the Center for Research on Peace Education. She earned her Ph.D. in communication from UC San Diego, an M.A. in communication from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies from UC Berkeley, which she combined with a photography major from the USC School of Cinema-Television.