Dr. Michal Pagis

Director, Graduat Program in Social Psychology
Dr. Michal Pagis
Reception hours: 




Pagis, Michal. (Under Contract). Reembodying the Self: Vipassana Meditation and the Microsociology of Experience. University of Chicago Press.


 Pagis, Michal. (Forthcoming) “Re-enchanting the End of Life.” In Current Perspectives on Death in Israel. Editted by Haim Hazan and Shai Lavi

Pagis, Michal (2015). "Integrating Positive Psychology into the Workplace: The Case of Life Coaching in Israel." In Outside of the Clinic edited by Jose Brunner and Galia Plotkin. Tel Aviv: Resling. (In Hebrew).

Pagis, Michal. (2015). “Evoking Equanimity: Silent Interaction Rituals in Vipassana Meditation Retreats.” Qualitative Sociology.

Pagis, Michal, (2015). “Can the Body Forget? The Deliberate Erosion of Embodied Memories.” In Forgetting edited by David Shulman and  Jerusalem:Magnes

Pagis, Michal and Galia Sabar. (2014). “Enhancing the Spirit of Entrepreneurship: African Labor Migrant Returning from Israel.” Migration Studies

Pagis, Michal. (2013) “Religious Self-constitution: A Relational Perspective.” In Religion on the Edge, Edited by Peggy Levitt, Courtney Bender, David Shields and Wendy Cage. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Pagis, Michal. (2010) “From Abstract Concepts to Experiential Knowledge: Embodying Enlightenment in a Meditation Center.” Qualitative Sociology 33 469-489

Pagis, Michal. (2010) “Producing Intersubjectivity in Silence: An Ethnography of Meditation Practices.” Ethnography 11: 309-328

Pagis, Michal. (2009) “Embodied Self-Reflexivity.” Social Psychology Quarterly 72: 265-283. (Reprint in shorter version: SPQ Snaps, September 2009). 



Sociology of the Self

The Sociology of Life-coaching

 Social Psychology

 Advanced Social Psychology (microsociology) 


Research fields: 

Sociology of religion and spirituality

Sociology of self and emotions


Sociology of culture

Social theory

Sociology of work and organizations


In my studies I integrate microsociology and the sociology of culture and religion. I utilize qualitative research methods (participant observation and in-depth interviews) to uncover the social dynamic that construct identities, ideologies and social practices that are at the base of contemporary social and cultural structures. My current projects include the modern practice of vipassana meditation, spiritual care providers in the Israeli health system and life-coaching in the private sector and in organizations.