Gonen Dori-Hacohen

Associate Professor
Chair Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication association.
N374 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-3682

(PhD 2009, University of Haifa, Israel; MA in Communication and Journalism, the Hebrew University; MA in Sociology, UCLA; BA from the Open University of Israel) I'm a discourse analyst, studying interactions in the media and in mundane situations, focusing on the intersection of interaction, culture, politics, and the media. Currently, working on projects on Entertainment-Politican Interviews, Speech-Language-Therapy interactions, and civic participation.


I use qualitative textual analysis to study politics (Israeli, American, shows like Rush Limbaugh's, online commenting in Israel Talkback), economics (Dave Ramsey's), culture (Israeli, American, concepts like entertainment, politics), and interaction (in all forms and formats). I study these constructs by analyzing how people do them in their everyday life, on traditional media (radio, TV), online (online comments, Facebook participation), or in ordinary interactions. I use discourse analysis from various perspectives, as I follow Wittgenstein (the latter one), Durkheim, and Weber (although politically speaking I'm closer to Marx). 
I work hard and publish quite a lot of research, and will be happy to instruct graduate students how to follow through with this profession.
I am looking for graduate students who are interested in financial discourse, political discourse and civic participation. Additionally, I am looking for Israeli students who would like to study interactions in Hebrew.

My articles are available for downloading @ academia.edu


Ph.D., Communication, University of Haifa, Israel
M.A., Sociology, UCLA 
M.A., Communication, Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
B.A. cum laude, Humanities & social Sciences, Open University of Israel

Courses Taught: 

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication and culture
Interaction in the media 
Studying social interaction

Communication Theory
Language in Civic Participation/ comunication in the public sphere
Ways to Analyze Discourse

For information on the Social Interaction and Culture graduate focus


Refereed Journal Articles - Last five years

Dori-Hacohen, G. (2020). From Participating to Derogatory: The “Arab” voice and its absence in two areas of the Israeli Public Sphere. Israel studies in language and society14(1-2) 257-239.

Reijven, Menno H.* Cho, Sarah,* Ross, Mathew* & Dori-Hacohen, G. (2020). Conspiracy, Religion, and the Public Sphere: The Discourses of Far-Right Counterpublics in the U.S. and South Korea. International Journal of Communication, 14, 5331–5350.  

Reijven, Menno H.*, Grimshaw, Eean* & Dori-Hacohen, G. (2020) “That’s Not Funny!” Identity and the Organization of Interaction on U.S.A. Entertainment-Political Interviews. Discourse, Context, & Media, 35.       

Montenegro, Roberto E. & Dori-Hacohen, G. (2020). Negotiating Morals in Sugar Talk:  Presenting Blood Glucose Levels in Routine Diabetes Medical Visits. Social Science and Medicine, 253.

Dori-Hacohen, G. (2020). The “Long List” in Oral Interactions: Definition, examples, context, and some of its achievements. Pragmatics, 30(3), 303-325.

Bracha Nir, Irit Mayost-Abramovich, & Dori-Hacohen, G. (2019). Balancing institutional authority and children’s agency: The Hebrew verb lircot [to want] in Speech Language Therapy sessions. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 10(2), 153-178.

Avalos, Xima,* and Dori-Hacohen, G. (2019). Criticism, Consensus, and Fandom: Demonstrated practices from a Sports Facebook fan page. Discourse, Context & Media, 29, 1-9.

Dori-Hacohen, G. (2019). “Hitlahamut”: a term for unreasonable populist public talk in Israel. Discourse and Society, 30 (2), 135-153.

Maschler, Yael and Dori-Hacohen, G. (2018). Constructing a Genre: Hebrew ('ani) lo yode'a / lo yoda'at ‘(I) don’t know’ on Israeli Political Radio Phone-ins. Text & Talk, 38(5), 574-604.

Livnat, Z., Dori-Hacohen, G., (2018). Indexing membership via responses to irony: Communication competence in Israeli radio call-in shows, Language & Communication, 58, 62-79. 

Dori-Hacohen, G. (2017). Creative Resonance and Misalignment Stance: Achieving Distance in One Hebrew Interaction. Functions of Language, 24(1), 16-40.

Assouline, Dalit, & Dori-Hacohen, G. (2017). Yiddish across borders: Interviews in the Yiddish ultra-Orthodox Jewish audio mass medium. Language and Communication, 56, 68-81.

Weizman, E. & Dori-Hacohen, D. (2017). Commenting On Opinion Editorials In On-Line Journals: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Face Work In The Washington Post (USA) And Nrg (Israel). Discourse, Context, Media, 19, 39-48.

Dori-Hacohen, G. (2016a). HaTokbek Kemilat Mafteakh: hapotentzial ledemotratya karnavalit hademokrati vehamtziut hademokratit hamugbelet. [The Tokbek as an Israeli Term for Talk: The potential for democratic carnival and the defective democratic reality]. Israel studies in language and society, 9(1-2), 164-183. [Hebrew]

For earlier publications, please email: gonen@comm.umass.edu:

they include many publications on radio phone-ins, talk-backs, irony, and more!

Refereed Book Chapters - some

Dori-Hacohen, G. (in-press).""I can do math, but I''m not that smart. I''m not brilliant”: Ordinariness as a discursive resource in U.S.A radiophonic financial call-in interactions. In Fetzer, A. & Weizman, E. (eds.) Doing Ordinariness in Media Discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Van Over, Brion, Dori-Hacohen, Gonen & Winchatz, Michaela R. (2019). Policing the Boundaries of the Sayable: The Public Negotiation of Profane, Prohibited and

Dori-Hacohen, G. (2016b). Tokbek, Israeli Speech Economy, and other Non-Deliberative Terms for Political Talk.  In D. Carbaugh (ed.), Communication in Cross-cultural perspective. Volume in the International Communication Association Handbook Series. New York: Routledge, 299-311.

Maschler, Y., & Dori-Hacohen, G (2016). Hebrew nu: Grammaticization of a Borrowed Particle. InAuer, P. & Maschler, Y. (eds.) NU and NÅ: A Family of Discourse Markers Across the Languages of Europe and Beyond. Berlin:  Walter de Gruyter. 162-212.

Dori-Hacohen, G. (2014b). Establishing social groups in Hebrew: ‘we’ in political radio phone-in programs. In Pavlidou, Theodossia-Soula (ed.) Constructing Collectivity: ‘We’ across Languages and Contexts (pp. 187-206). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


2017-2018 Lady Davis Fellowship for Visiting Professors, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2012 Fellow Research Grant, UMass Amherst
2012 SBS FRG Matching grant
2012 UMass Mellon Mentoring fellowship micro-grant

Current Projects: 

Israeli political participation 2000-2018: From radio phone-ins to online tokbek
The EPI: The Entertainment-Political Interviews - late-night talk shows interviews with politicians.
Speech-Language Therapy with children: analyzing asymmetrical interactions using Dialogic Resonance, Stance, and conversation analysis
Constructing (neo)Conservative Community: The Dave Ramsey's show and its interactions