SIIS Faculty at Brandeis

GANNIT ANKORI, Brandeis University
Ankori is Professor of Art History and Chair in Israeli Art in the department of Fine Arts at Brandeis.  Before coming to Brandeis, she served as the Henya Sharef Professor of Humanities and chair of the Art History department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and as a visiting associate professor at Harvard University. She has taught, lectured and published extensively on Israeli and Palestinian art, on the visual representation of gender-related issues, the construction of identity, exile, trauma, and hybridity. Her book, Palestinian Art, was published by Reaktion Books, London, in 2006 and is distributed in the US by the University of Chicago Press. She won a Polonsky Prize for Originality and Creativity in the Humanistic Disciplines for this publication. Her forthcoming English-language book, Frida Kahlo, will be published as part of the prestigious Critical Lives series by Reaktion Books in London. Her previous work on Kahlo includes two books (2002, 2003), a major catalog essay for the Kahlo retrospective at the Tate Modern, London (2005) and curation of a Kahlo exhibition at the Jewish Museum of New York (2003-4).

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. He has edited a vol.ume of essays on American Jewry entitled Facing the Future: Essays on Contemporary Jewish Life, is co-editor of a vol.ume entitled Rebuilding the Nest: A New Commitment to the American Family, and is co-editor of The Jewish Family and Jewish Continuity. His volume Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary is widely used in adult education. His publication, Jewish Arguments and Counter-Arguments, was published by Ktav.  Continuity and Change: Festschrift in Honor of Irving (Yitz) Greenberg’s 75th Birthday, co-edited by Bayme and Steven Katz, is forthcoming (University Press of America).  Bayme is completing a volume (with Manfred Gerstenfeld) entitled American Jewry’s Comfort Level: Present and Future, to be published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

URI BIALER, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Bialer is 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 and at New York University. In 2011, he was a visiting professor in Politics 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).

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 GapA Future Security Architecture for the Middle East (1997) with Abdullah Toukan;  and, Track-II DiplomacyLessons from the Middle East (2003) with Hussein Agha, Ahmad Khalidi, and Zeev Schiff.

NURITH GERTZ, The Open University of Israel and Sapir College
Gertz is professor emeritus of Literature and Cinema at the Open University and the head of the department of culture at Sapir College. Her book publications include Motion Fiction: Literature and Cinema (1993 [Hebrew]); Not From Here (El Ma Shenamog (1997, [Hebrew]); Myths in Israeli Culture (2000); A Different Chorus – Holocaust Survivors, Aliens and Others in Israeli Cinema and Literature (2004 [Hebrew]); and Landscape in Mist: Space and Memory in Palestinian Cinema (2008 [Hebrew]) with George Khleifi. Her most recent publication is Unrepentant: Four Chapters in the Life of Amos Kenan (2008 [Hebrew]).

ELIE REKHESS, Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University
Professor Rekhess is a leading academic authority on the Arabs in Israel. His fields of expertise include the contemporary history of the Middle East, the Israeli-Arab conflict, Palestinian politics, Islamic resurgence, the Arab Minority in Israel and Jewish-Arab relations.Currently he is Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University and co-chair of its Middle East Forum. Concurrently, Professor Rekhess is a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University.Rekhess has authored and edited more than 13 books related to his fields of interest. The most recent book entitled: Muslim Minorities in Non-Muslim Majority States (2011). He served as a Strategic Advisor to Prime Minister Ehud Barak and as an Advisor to the Ministerial Committee on the Arabs in Israel. He is a regular public lecturer and television commentator on the current situation in the Middle East, focusing on the “Arab Spring” and the rise of the Islamic trend.

ASSAF SHELLEG, University of Virginia
Shelleg is a visiting assistant professor of Musicology and Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia in the Department of Religious Studies. He received his PhD in Musicology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include 20th century music, modern Jewish art music, Israeli art music, and musicological historiography. He was previously the Efroymson Visiting Israeli Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis and a adjunct lecturer at the Hebrew University. His forthcoming article, “Israeli Art Music: A Reintroduction,” will be published in Israel Studies in 2012. In addition, he has several articles under review in journals such as Music Quarterly and Twentieth Century Music.

EUGENE SHEPPARD, Brandeis University
Sheppard is associate professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought at Brandeis University in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He serves as the associate director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University and has served as visiting assistant professor at Harvard University. He is most interested in modern German Jewish thought and the influence of European Jewish refugees on public life and academia in the United States. His recent publications include Leo Strauss and Politics of Exile: The Making of A Political Philosopher (2006), The Early Leo Strauss (co-edited with P. Bouretz, forthcoming) and Babylon and Jerusalem: Engaging the Thought and Legacy of Simon Rawidowicz (co-edited with D. Myers, forthcoming). Sheppard is managing co-editor, with Samuel Moyn, of the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought published by Brandeis University Press.

KHALIL SHIKAKI, Brandeis University
Shikaki is a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah since 2000.  Having conducted more than one hundred and fifty polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1993, he is considered a world-renowned expert on Palestinian public opinion. Since 2000, he has conducted more than 30 joint surveys of Palestinian and Israeli attitudes with Yaacov Shamir from the Hebrew University.  A widely published author, he has taught at Birzeit University, An-Najah National University, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the University of South Florida, and was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. His publications include Palestinian and Israeli Public Opinion: The Public Imperative During the Second Intifada with Yaacov Shamir, Indiana University Press, 2010; Middle East Brief 39: "The Obama Presidency and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict" co-authored with Shai Feldman (Crown Center 2008), Palestinian Public Opinion and the Peace Process: Long Term Trends and Policy Implications (Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2005), and “The Future of Palestine,” Foreign Affairs (November-December 2004).

SAMMY SMOOHA, University of Haifa and US Institute of Peace
Smooha is professor of sociology and former dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Haifa, as well as former president of the Israeli Sociological Society. He was a visiting professor of Sociology at Brandeis for the fall 2010 semester and spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a Senior Research Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. The Israel Prize laureate for Sociology in 2008, Smooha specializes in ethnic relations in the world and Israel. He has published widely on the internal divisions and conflicts in Israeli society, especially on the relations between Mizrahim and Ashkenazim and between Arab and Jewish citizens. His books include Israel: Pluralism and Conflict (1978); Arabs and Jews in Israel (1989, 1992); and The Fate of Ethnic Democracy in Post-Communist Europe (2005, co-editor). He is currently writing a book on how Israel treats its Arab minority compared to how Northern Ireland, Estonia, Slovakia and Macedonia treat their national minorities.

YEDIDIA Z. STERN, Bar-Ilan University Law School
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. She received her doctorate from the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Her dissertation won the Ben Halpern award for Best Dissertation from the Association of Israel Studies. Ms. Szobel’s book, A Poetics of Trauma: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch examines the work of one of the most significant cultural figures in Israeli society since the 1967 war. It is being published by Brandeis University Press as part of the Schusterman Series in Israel Studies. 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.

ILAN TROEN, Brandeis University
Troen is the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies at Brandeis University and director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He has served as director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives in Sede Boker, Israel and is a former dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has authored or edited eleven books on American, Jewish and Israeli history. He is also the founding editor of Israel Studies (Indiana University Press), a leading international journal that publishes three issues annually on behalf of Brandeis and Ben-Gurion University. His recent book publications include Jewish Centers and Peripheries: European Jewry between America and Israel Fifty Years after World War II (1998); The Americanization of Israel (special issue of Israel Studies, 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), and, with Jacob Lassner, Jews and Muslims in the Arab World; Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined (2007). With Maoz Azaryahu, he co-edited in 2011, Tel-Aviv, The First Century: Visions, Designs, Actualities, for Indiana University Press.