Born in Philadelphia while my father was at Penn, I moved to Israel with my parents before I turned 3. My father, Abel Schejter, a native of Buenos Aires, has written on topics as diverse as the definition of life, and my mother, Mira, a native of Jerusalem has worked hard on keeping us all – my father my two brothers (Eyal and Izhar) and myself -- satiated.

I grew up in the town of Ramat Hasharon, just north of Tel Aviv, where I graduated from high school. I did my military service in the Nahal brigade, serving as a combat medic. The kibbutz where I did my voluntary work was Lochamei Hagetaot, where I was “adopted” by the Zuckerman family.  Between 1982 and 1986, I studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in 1988, I became a member of the Israel Bar Association. In 1989, I moved back to the U.S. First I received a master’s degree in Mass Communications from Boston University’s College of Communications and then a Ph.D. from Rutgers University’s School of Communication, Information and Library Studies. My academic career included a tenure track appointment at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Communication and years of teaching as an adjunct at Hebrew University, the University of Haifa, Bar Ilan University, and many other institutions.

My professional life, however, has been a constant transition between academic and professional appointments and between living in Israel and the U.S. Between 1988 and 1989, I served as the bureau chief for the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Culture in the Israeli cabinet, former President Yitzhak Navon, and between 1992 and 1993, as the senior adviser to the Minister of Education and Culture Shulamit Aloni, the founder of the Movement for Civil Rights and Peace in Israel. In 1993, I became the Director of Legal Affairs and International Relations for the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA). In that capacity, I was a member of the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) legal affairs committee and the IBA’s representative to the EBU’s administrative council. In 2000, I was appointed Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at Cellcom Israel the leading Israeli mobile telephony operator. In between the different positions I held, I advised many media and telecommunications corporations active in the industry in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority, among them Warner Brothers,  Netvision, Middle East Television and Paltel, the national Palestinian telecommunications operator.


In 2004, I resumed my academic career at Penn State’s College of Communications in the Department of Telecommunications and as of July 2008 I am co-director of the Institute for Information Policy. My research focuses on identifying regulatory responses to technological change; highlighting social inequalities and communication distortions created by them; and prescribing theoretically informed approaches to policy-making that enhance fairness and equality. My international comparative policy studies have covered a plethora of issues, among them cable policies, broadband policies, mobile phones, public broadcasting and product placement. My studies have been published in communication journals, law journals and edited volumes in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Israel, and presented at academic conferences worldwide. I am co-author of The Wonder Phone in the Land of Miracles: Mobile Telephony in Israel (Hampton Press), author of Muting Israeli Democracy: How Media and Cultural Policy Undermine Free Expression (University of Illinois Press) and editor of  “...And Communications for All: A Policy Agenda for A News Administration” (Lexington Books).  

I am a board member of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Global Media Journal and of Media Frames, the journal of the Israel Communication Association.

It has been important for me to make my scholarly work available to policy makers and media advocates. In this capacity, I have been invited to present my comparative international work by groups as diverse as the Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel and the Consumer Federation of America. I also organized the symposium for scholars “academic research for media reform,” which preceded the National Conference on Media Reform, 2008, organized by Free Press and I formed the Future of American Communications Policy Working Group at the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State, supported by a generous grant from the Media Democracy Fund, which presented a policy agenda to President Obama’s transition team and administration in early 2009. In 2010 I co-founded the Journal of Information Policy and launched the new “Making Policy Research Accessible” initiative at the IIP, supported by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation.

In 2007, I earned the Penn State College of Communications Deans' Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship. In the December 2008 commencement I served as Faculty Marshal. In 2009 I was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor. In 2010-11 I was appointed and Erasmus Mundus Journalism Scholar at the universities of Hamburg and Amsterdam and served as visiting professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Since 1993, I have been married to Judy, a full-time faculty member in the Department of Journalism at Penn State and we are the proud parents of Matan, Tamar, Iddo and Ye’ela


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