Prof. Gustavo Mesch has assumed his position as the Rector of the University of Haifa. In the last three years, Prof. Mesch served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. "Our main goal is to continue to promote the University of Haifa as an institution of research and as the best institution of higher learning for its students", stated Prof. Mesch.
Prof. Mesch began his academic journey at the University of Haifa when he completed his first degree in 1988. He continued to study at the University and received his MA in Sociology in 1990. He continued with his graduate studies and received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1993. He came back home to the University as a faculty member and served in many roles until he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences between the years 2013-2016.
Prof. Mesch is a world renowned expert in the field of technology and society, specifically in Cyber and society, social effects of new media, youth internet culture, internet crime and deviation, and parent-child relationships in the new media.
Prof. Mesch has served as Chair of the Information & Communication Section of the American Sociological Association, and Editor-in-Chief of the Sociological Focus, the official Journal of the North Central Sociological Association (U.S.). He also served as the editor of the section on Communications and Media in the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Amongst others, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Internet Association.