Scholar Accomplishments

Ofir Abu has had articles published about the Israeli politics which were quoted by Akiva Eldar in Haaretz.

Doctoral Candidates and PhDs

The following Schusterman Scholars have completed or are in the final stages of completing their doctorates.

Ofir Abu

Ofir Abu, Politics

Ofir has successfully defended his dissertation in the Politics Department, "State Response to Arab Protest, 1990-2001: The Role of Dissident Elites." He continues on to Ben Gurion University of the Negev for a Post-doctoral position in their Department of Public Policy and Administration.


guy abutbul

Guy Abutbul, Sociology

Guy's dissertation, entitled "The Production of Sephardic, Mixed and Ashkenazi Identities in the Israeli Middle Class" was successfully defended in Fall 2011. Guy is currently a lecturer at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.


Ehud Eiran

Ehud Eiran, Politics

Ehud's dissertation "Settling to Win: Strategic Settlement Projects in Post Colonial Times" was successfully defended in 2010.  In 2012, he commences an appointment as assistant professor at the School of Political Science at Haifa University.


rachel fish

Rachel Fish, NEJS

Rachel has successfully defended her dissertation "Configuring Bi-Nationalisms: The Transformation of Bi-Nationalism in Palestine/Israel, 1920s-Present" in the NEJS department at Brandeis University. She continues to serve as associate director of the Schusterman Center.


eric fleisch

Eric Fleisch, NEJS

Eric's dissertation "Israeli NGOs and Their Overseas Partners: The Real and Perceived Boundaries of Influence and Legitimacy" studies the historical development of relationship structures and dynamics between Israeli NGOs and American Jews who fund their work. It examines the formal organizational structures mediating the philanthropic relationships as well as the range of opinions regarding the ideal roles each should play in diasporic partnerships. He successfully defended his disseration in March 2014.


randy geller

Randy Geller, NEJS

Randy successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on the Druze and other minorities in the Israel Defense Forces between 1948 and 1957. He had a position as post-doc at American University's History department in 2011-2012 and at the University of Texas, Austin for 2012-2013. In 2013 he was appointed the inaugural Les and Eva Erdi Lecturer in Israel and Middle East Studies at Monash University in Australia. For the academic year 2014-2015, Randy will be a post-doctoral fellow in Israel Studies at the University of Toronto.


Laura Ligouri, AnthropologyLaura Ligouri

Laura's doctoral research at the Schusterman Center focussed on the ways in which Israeli and Palestinian theatre influence the social fabric of the region as both forms of cultural production as well as grassroots methods of conflict management while simultaneously addressing trauma and the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). From Fall 2013, she has taken a research position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.


shay rabineau

Shay Rabineau, NEJS

Shay successfully defended his dissertation "“Marking and Mapping the Nation: The History of Israel’s Hiking Trail Network," in the NEJS department at Brandeis University. He is the Israel Institute Post-doctoral Fellow at the Schusterman Center for 2013-2014 and is writing a book manuscript of his dissertation.


joseph ringel

Joseph Ringel, NEJS

Joseph successfully defended his dissertation on the Shas school system at Brandeis' NEJS department in 2011. He had a post-doctoral position at Drew University for 2011-2012 and  at the University of Maryland for 2012-2013. In 2014, he received a Fulbright fellowship, sponsored by the US and Israeli governments, to conduct research on national religious schools across the Green Line. His academic home while in Israel is the University of Haifa.