Tal Jonathan-Zamir

Tal Jonathan-Zamir, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

NPI Affiliated Scholars Program


Tal Jonathan-Zamir, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in 2024-2025, will be an exchange visitor–research scholar at the Department of Criminology, Law & Society, George Mason University. Her work focuses on policing, particularly police-community relations and evidence-based policing. She has investigated police legitimacy and procedural justice from the perspective of citizens, communities, police officers, and neutral observers in diverse contexts such as routine encounters, security threats, protest events, airport security, and at the street level. She has also examined the psychological mechanisms underlying police officers’ orientation to evidence-based policing, effective mechanisms for police training, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on police-community relations in Israel, and more recently—perceived police compliance with the Social Contract as an antecedent of police legitimacy.


Jonathan-Zamir, T., Weisburd, D., Dayan, M., & Zisso, M. (2019). The proclivity to rely on professional experience and evidence-based policing: Findings from a survey of high-ranking officers in the Israel Police. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 46(10), 1456–1474.

Perry, G., & Jonathan-Zamir, T. (2020). Expectations, effectiveness, trust, and cooperation: Public attitudes toward the Israel Police during the COVID-19 pandemic. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 14(4), 1073–1091.

Jonathan-Zamir, T., Perry, G., & Weisburd, D. (2021). Illuminating the concept of community (group)-level procedural justice: A qualitative analysis of protestors’ group-level experiences with the police. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 48(6), 791–809.

Perry, G., Jonathan-Zamir, T., & Factor, R. (2021). The long-term effects of policing the COVID-19 pandemic: Public attitudes toward the police in the ‘new normal.’ Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 16(1), 167–187.

Jonathan-Zamir, T., Litmanovitz, Y., & Haviv, N. (2023). What works in police training? Applying an evidence-informed, general, ecological model of police training. Police Quarterly, 26(3), 279–306.

Jonathan-Zamir, T., Perry, G., & Willis, J. (2023). Ethical perspectives and police science: Using Social Contract Theory as an analytical framework for evaluating police legitimacy. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 17. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paad056

Weisburd, D., Jonathan-Zamir, T., Perry, G., & Hasisi, B. (Eds.). (2023). The future of evidence-based policing. Cambridge University Press.

Jonathan-Zamir, T., Factor, R., & Perry, G. (2024). The roles of police-related versus non-police-related considerations in shaping diffused support for the police: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. International Annals of Criminology, 62(1), 197–225.

Weisburd, D., Jonathan-Zamir, T., White, C., Wilson, D. B., & Kuen, K. (2024). Are the police primarily responsible for influencing place-level perceptions of procedural justice and effectiveness? A longitudinal study of street segments. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 61(1), 76–123.

Jonathan-Zamir, T., Perry, G., Kaplan-Damary, N., & Weisburd, D. (2024). Police compliance with the social contract as an antecedent of police legitimacy, of satisfaction with the police, and of willingness to obey: Findings from a two-stage vignette experiment. Journal of Experimental Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-024-09622-z

Areas of Focus

  • Police-community relations
  • Evidence-based policing