SIIS Faculty at Brandeis (2016)
GANNIT ANKORI, Brandeis University
Ankori is chair of the School of the Creative Arts at Brandeis University. She is Professor of Art History & Theory and chair in Israeli Art at the department of Fine Arts and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Ankori has published extensively in the field of Israeli and Palestinian art, with special emphasis on issues pertaining to gender, nationalism, religion, trauma, exile, and hybridity and their manifestations is art and film. Her book, Palestinian Art (Reaktion Books, London, 2006) was awarded a "Polonsky Prize for Originality and Creativity in the Humanistic Disciplines" in 2007. She has curated several exhibitions of Israeli and Palestinian artists, among them "Home" (1997) with Jack Persekian at Gallery Anadiel, Jerusalem and "Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean" (2012) at the Rose Art Museum. Before coming to Brandeis in 2010, she served as the Henya Sharef Professor of Humanities and chair of the Department of Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. More...
RIFAT AZAM, Radzyner School of Law (IDC)
Azam is a faculty member of the Radzyner School of Law at IDC Herzliya. His teaching and research interests include Tax Law, International Taxation, Tax Policy, Cyberspace Law and E-commerce Taxation. He was a Michigan Grotius Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School (2007) and a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School (2004). Prior to joining IDC, he served as intern and senior legal assistant of the Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak. Azam received his LLD in Law from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2006) where he also received his LLM cum laude (2001) and LLB (1996). His innovative thesis discussed the international taxation of e-commerce in interdisciplinary methodology, which integrated tax law, cyberspace law, international law and political science and made original and significant contribution to the literature.
STEVEN BAYME, American Jewish Committee
Bayme is the director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of the American Jewish Committee and of the Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. He holds the title of visiting associate professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has lectured widely across the country and taught at Yeshiva University, Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College and Queens College. He has published articles on family policy, intermarriage, liberal Judaism, Jewish parenting, Jewish responses to modernity, Jewish attitudes on terrorism and violence and modern Orthodoxy in America. His volume Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary is widely used in adult education. Recently published are Continuity and Change: Festschrift in Honor of Irving (Yitz) Greenberg’s 75th Birthday, co-edited with Steven Katz (University Press of America) and American Jewry’s Comfort Level: Present and Future, with Manfred Gerstenfeld (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs).
URI BIALER, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Bialer is the Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the Hebrew University and holder of the Maurice B. Hexter Chair in International Relations – Middle Eastern Studies. He is the former director of Yad Ben Zvi Institute for the Study of Eretz Israel, visiting fellow at St. Antony’s College Oxford, at the British Academy, at Harvard University, and visiting professor at the University of Chicago, at Monash University, New York University and at Brandeis University. Publications include: Cross on the Star of David: The Christian World in Israel’s Foreign Policy 1948-67 (2005); Oil and the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1948-67 (1999); Between East and West: Israel's Foreign Policy Orientation 1948-56, (Cambridge University Press, 1990); and The Shadow of the Bomber: The Fear of Air Attack and British Politics 1932-1939 (1980).
DONNA DIVINE, Smith College
Divine is the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government at Smith College where she teaches a variety of courses on Middle East Politics. Fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, and Turkish, she has held visiting appointments at Yale, Harvard, and the Hebrew University as well as fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and a several Fulbright grants. Author of many scholarly articles on a variety of topics in Middle East history and politics, she has also written “Women Living Change: Cross-Cultural Perspectives,” in Essays from the Smith College Research Project on Women and Social Change; Politics and Society in Ottoman Palestine: The Arab Struggle for Survival and Power, and Postcolonial Theory and The Arab-Israeli Conflict. Her most recent book, Exiled in the Homeland: Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine, was recently published in a paperback and electronic edition. In 2014 she co-edited, with Ilan Troen, Zionism in the Twenty-First Century.
DAVID ELLENSON, Brandeis University
Ellenson is director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and visiting professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Chancellor-emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he served as president of HUC-JIR from 2001-2013. A scholar of modern Jewish thought and history, Ellenson is recognized for his writings and publications in these fields. He has written extensively on the origins and development of Orthodox Judaism in Germany during the Nineteenth Century, Orthodox legal writings on conversion in Israel, North America, and Europe during the modern era, the relationship between religion and state in Israel, the history of modern Jewish religious movements, and American Jewish life. More...
SHAI FELDMAN, Brandeis University
Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He is also an associate fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Before joining the Crown Center, Feldman served from 1997 to 2005 as head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, and from 2001 to 2003, as a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Author of numerous publications, Feldman has written five books on the topic of Israeli security and peacemaking, including: Israeli Nuclear Deterrence: A Strategy for the 1980s (1982); The Future of U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation (1996); Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control in the Middle East (1997); Bridging the Gap – A Future Security Architecture for the Middle East (1997) with Abdullah Toukan; and, Track-II Diplomacy – Lessons from the Middle East (2003) with Hussein Agha, Ahmad Khalidi, and Zeev Schiff; and Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East (2013) with Abdel Monem Said Aly and Khalil Shikaki.
RACHEL FISH, Brandeis University
Fish is associate director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. She completed her doctoral degree in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department at Brandeis University. Her dissertation, "Configurations of Bi-nationalism: The Transformation of Bi-nationalism in Palestine/Israel, 1920s-Present," examines the history of the idea of bi-nationalism and alternative visions for constructing the State of Israel. Rachel has worked as an educator and consultant in various capacities in the Jewish community and higher education, teaching about Zionism and Israeli history at Brandeis University, UMASS Amherst and the Me’ah Adult Jewish Education program. At Brandeis she teaches the Myra Kraft seminar on Israel at the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. More...
CALVIN GOLDSCHEIDER, American University
Goldscheider, currently scholar in residence at American University in the Department of History, is Professor Emeritus, Ungerleider Professor of Judaic Studies at Brown University. He was previously Professor of Sociology and Demography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Chairman of their Department of Demography. He has also held sociology faculty appointments at the University of Southern California, the University of California, Berkeley and Brandies University. He was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Center for Women's Studies at Stockholm University. His major research publications have focused on the sociology and demography of ethnic populations, historically and comparatively, with a particular emphasis on family and immigration. He includes among his most recent publications Israel's Changing Society (2002); Cultures and Conflict: The Arab-Israeli Conflict (2002); Studying the Jewish Future (2004); A Typical Extraordinary Jew: From Tarnow to Jerusalem (2011), coauthored with Jeffrey Green, and Israeli Society in the Twenty-First Century (2015).
HUSSEIN IBISH, Arab Gulf States Institute
Ibish is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He is a weekly columnist for The National (UAE) and Now Media, and a monthly contributing writer for The International New York Times. Ibish is also a regular contributor to many other American and Middle Eastern publications. Many of his writings are archived on his Ibishblog website. His most recent book is What’s Wrong with the One-State Agenda? (ATFP, 2009). Ibish was included in all three years (2011, 2012 and 2013) of Foreign Policy‘s “Twitterati 100." Ibish previously served as a Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), Executive Director of the Foundation for Arab-American Leadership and Communications Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
YEHUDAH MIRSKY, Brandeis University
Mirsky is associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He teaches courses on Jewish Thought, Jewish Law, Human Rights and the nexus of religion, state and society. Mirsky worked in Washington as an aide to then-Senators Bob Kerrey and Al Gore, and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and served in the Clinton administration as special advisor in the US State Department's human rights bureau. From 2002-2012, Mirsky lived in Israel where he was a fellow at the Van Leer Institute and Jewish People Policy Institute. He was a grassroots activist in Jerusalem and is on the board of Yerushalmim, the movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem. He has written widely on politics, theology and culture for a number of publications including The New Republic, The Daily Beast, The American Interest and The Economist. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed biography, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution published in 2014 by Yale University Press. In 2016, Rav Kook received the Sami Rohr Choice Award from the Jewish Book Council. Mirsky studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva College and received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, and completed his PhD in Religion at Harvard University. He tweets @YehudahMirsky.
ELIE REKHESS, Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University
Rekhess specializes in the study of Israeli politics and society, the Arab minority in Israel, Jewish-Arab relations, Palestinian politics, and the Islamic resurgence in the West Bank and Gaza. He is a senior research fellow in the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University, and the head of its program on Jewish-Arab Cooperation in Israel (sponsored by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung). As of January 2009 he is the Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University and co-chair of its Middle East Forum. He authored, edited, and co-edited: Muslim Minorities in non-Muslim Countries: The Islamic Movement in Israel as a Test Case (2011), The Arab Society in Israel: A Compendium (2009), Arab Youth in Israel: Caught between Prospects and Risk, with A. Rudnitsky eds. (2008), The Arab Minority in Israel and the 17th Knesset Elections (2007), and Together but Apart: Mixed Cities in Israel (2007).
EDWIN SEROUSSI, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2008 he is head of the new School of the Arts at Hebrew University. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he immigrated to Israel in 1971 where he took undergraduate and graduate degrees in Musicology at Hebrew University, receiving his PhD from UCLA in 1987. He taught at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities in Israel and was visiting professor at SUNY Binghamton, UCLA, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Wesleyan University, Dartmouth College, Institut für Musikwissenschaft in Zürich, Moscow University, University of California Berkeley and Boston University. As of 2013 he is a Starr Fellow at Harvard University. He has published extensively on North African and Eastern Mediterranean Jewish musical traditions, on Judeo-Islamic relations in music and on Israeli popular music. He founded the Yuval Music Series and is editor of the acclaimed CD series Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel. Besides his academic endeavors he has produced many cultural programs, such as the Mediterranean Musical Dialogue, and concerts in Israel, Europe, Canada and the USA.
EUGENE SHEPPARD, Brandeis University
Sheppard is associate professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought and associate director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University. His interests include modern German Jewish thought and the influence of European Jewish refugees on public life and academia in the United States. He is the author of Leo Strauss and Politics of Exile: The Making of A Political Philosopher (2006), and co-editor with D. Myers of Babylon and Jerusalem: Engaging the Thought and Legacy of Simon Rawidowicz. Sheppard is managing co-editor, with Samuel Moyn, of the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought published by Brandeis University Press. At Brandeis, he teaches courses on Jewish nationalism and Zionist thought.
REBECCA STEINFELD, London School of Economics
Steinfeld is a political scientist researching the politics of reproduction and genital alteration. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre of the Body at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also a BBC and Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) 'New Generation Thinker,' and blogs for the Jewish World Section of Haaretz. Steinfeld completed her PhD in Politics at St Antony's College, University of Oxford, in 2012, and is now writing her first book, Wars of the Wombs: Struggles over Reproduction in Israel (Stanford University Press, forthcoming). In 2014, she was a lecturer and visiting scholar in the Department of History at Stanford University. From 2011-13, she was a teaching fellow and visiting lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, where she taught courses on the diplomatic history and politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict. She is a member of several scholarly associations, including the British International Studies Association (BISA), Political Studies Association (PSA), Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA) and National Women's Studies Association (NWSA).
YEDIDIA Z. STERN, Bar-Ilan University Law School and Israel Democracy Institute
Stern is the Vice President for Research on the Jewish State at the Israel Democracy Institute and a distinguished professor at Monash University in Australia. A full professor at Bar-Ilan University Law School, Stern served as its dean from 1994 to 1998. He received his LL.B. degree from Bar-Ilan Law School in 1982, and earned his master's degree (1984) and doctorate (1986) from Harvard Law School. His areas of professional interest are religion and state, Jewish law, public law, corporate law, corporate acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. Stern is co-editor of the scholarly journal Democratic Culture and of the series Israeli Judaism. He is also a regular contributor to the Israeli and international press. Stern has served on numerous national committees on constitutional and commercial affairs, including the Israeli government’s Commission of Inquiry into the State's Treatment of the Residents of Gush Katif after the Disengagement (2009). Stern won the Zeltner Prize for excellence in legal research in Israel in 2009.
ASHER SUSSER, Tel Aviv University
Susser is the Stanley and Ilene Gold Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel-Aviv University. He is a former visiting professor in Israel Studies at the University of Arizona and former visiting senior fellow on the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics at Brandeis University. He has been teaching at Tel Aviv University's department for Middle Eastern History for over 30 years and director of their Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies from 1989-1995 and from 2001-2007. One of Israel’s leading experts on Jordan and the Palestinians, Susser was the only Israeli academic invited by Prime Minister Rabin to join him and King Hussein at their historic appearance before the U.S. Congress. His most recent publications include: Israel, Jordan and Palestine - The Two State Imperative (Crown Center publication, 2011); The Rise of Hamas in Palestine and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World (2010); Challenges to the Cohesion of the Arab State (ed. 2008); and Jordan: Case Study of a Pivotal State (2000).
ILANA SZOBEL, Brandeis University
Ilana Szobel is assistant professor on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature. Her recent book, A Poetics of Trauma: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch (2013) was published as part of the Schusterman Series in Israel Studies. It examines the work of one of the most significant cultural figures in Israeli society since the 1967 war. In her teaching, Ms. Szobel presents the challenges posed by gender, war and peace, family structure, economic and cultural dislocation as compelling entry points for the study of Israeli society and culture. More...
ILAN TROEN, Brandeis University
Troen is the director of the Schusterman Center and is the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies. Before joining Brandeis, he served as director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives in Sede Boker, Israel, and dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has authored or edited numerous books in American, Jewish and Israeli history. He is the founding editor of Israel Studies (Indiana University Press), the leading journal in the field, publishing three issues annually on behalf of Brandeis and Ben-Gurion University. His book publications include Jewish Centers and Peripheries: European Jewry Between America and Israel 50 Years after World War II (1998); The Americanization of Israel (2001), with Glenda Abramson; Divergent Jewish Cultures: Israel and America (2001), with Deborah Dash-Moore; Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement (2003); with Jacob Lassner, Jews and Muslims in the Arab World; Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined (2007); with Maoz Azaryahu (eds.), Tel Aviv, The First Century: Visions, Designs, Actualities (2012); with Donna Divine, Zionism in the Twenty-First Century; with Rachel Fish Essential Israel (forthcoming 2016 with Indiana University Press). More...