Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Alumni

Where do our scholars and post-docs go when they complete their fellowships at the Schusterman Center?

Ofir Abu

Ofir Abu, PhD '13, Politics

Ofir successfully defended his dissertation in the Politics Department, "State Response to Arab Protest, 1990-2001: The Role of Dissident Elites." He was awarded the prestigious Kreitman Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. He collaborates with Prof. Buy Ben-Porat and Dr. Fanny Yuval in researching attitudes toward police and policing among minority groups in Israel. He teaches in the Department of Politics and Government.


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Guy Abutbul, PhD '11, Sociology

Guy successfully defended his dissertation, "The Production of Sephardic, Mixed and Ashkenazi Identities in the Israeli Middle Class," in the Fall of 2011. Since then, he has been a lecturer in Sociology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.


Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch

Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch 2010-2012, Politics and Heller School

Michal was a post-doc fellow with the Schusterman Center from 2010-2012. An active fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center, she was also offered an adjunct faculty position with the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis. As of Spring 2014, she has been teaching courses on Israeli History, Sociology and Politics at MIT and Wesleyan University.


Dr. Aviv Ben-OrAviv Ben-Or, PhD '17, NEJS

Aviv is completed his doctorate in 2017 with the generous support of the Dissertation Completion Fellowship awarded by the Association of Jewish Studies. His dissertation explores the works of Iraqi-born Israeli authors Shimon Ballas and Sami Mikhael, both of whom wrote in their native Arabic before switching to Hebrew. Specifically, he explored the construction of Arab-Jewish subjectivity in the context of transition from Arabic to Hebrew, as well as the implications of translingual writing for our understanding of the literary landscape in 20th century Israel. Awarded a University Prize Instructorship, Aviv taught a course at Brandeis in Fall 2015 entitled "Modern Arab-Jewish Literature."

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Zeynep Civcik, PhD '14, NEJS

Zeynep successfully defended her dissertation in November 2014, entitled: "Civil-Military Relations in Israel and Turkey: A Comparative Study on Military Interventions." Part of her research was conducted at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University where she investigated the changes and continuities of Israeli security policy. She teaches a course on Israeli politics and society at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.


Ehud Eiran

Ehud Eiran, PhD '10, Politics

Ehud's dissertation "Settling to Win: Strategic Settlement Projects in Post Colonial Times" was successfully defended in 2010.  In 2012, he commenced an appointment as assistant professor at Haifa University. His 2012  article was published in Foreign Affairs "What Happens After Israel Attacks Iran: Public Debate can Prevent a Strategic Disaster."


Rachel Fish

Rachel Fish, PhD '13, NEJS

Rachel successfully defended her dissertation in 2013: "Configurations of Bi-Nationalism: The Transformation of Bi-nationalism in Palestine/Israel from the 1920s-Present." She is associate director of the Schusterman Center since 2011 and lectures in Brandeis' Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program and in various adult education forums. More...


Eric Fleisch

Eric Fleisch PhD '14, NEJS

Eric successfully defended his dissertation in 2014: "Israeli NGOs and American Jewish Donors: The Structures and Dynamics of Power Sharing in a New Philanthropic Age." He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis, conducting research on American Jewry, and simultaneously working on his book manuscript. For Fall 2014, Eric was also a lecturer in Israeli history in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis. For the academic year 2015-2016, he took a position as post-doctoral fellow at Lehigh University in the Department of International Relations and the Berman Center for Jewish Studies. The post continues in the 2016-2017 year.


randy geller

Randall Geller, PhD '11, NEJS

Randall successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on the Druze and other minorities in the Israel Defense Forces between 1948 and 1957. He held post-doc positions at American University and the University of Texas, Austin. 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 2014-2015 academic year, Randall was a post-doctoral fellow in Israel Studies at the University of Toronto, followed by a return to Brandeis for the Fall of 2015 as a lecturer in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.


Sara Hirschhorn

Sara Yael Hirschhorn 2012-2013, NEJS

Sarah was a post-doc fellow with the Schusterman Center in 2012-2013. As of fall 2013 she will be joining the faculty at the University of Oxford as the newly appointed Sidney Brichto Fellow in Israel Studies. It is a five-year position, cross-appointed with the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She plans to complete a book manuscript based on her dissertation "City on a Hilltop: The Participation of Jewish-American Immigrants within the Israeli Settler Movement, 1967-1987.” Sarah teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as providing programming for the general public.


Mostafa Hussein, PhD '17, NEJS

An alumnus of Al-Azhar University in Cairo (MA 2009), Mostafa came to Brandeis to broaden his scholarly interest in the intersection between Jewish and Islamic thought. His doctoral dissertation explores the Hebrew scholarship on Arabo-Islamic civilization published in Palestine/Israel during the 1880s-1950s and the refraction of fundamental issues which played an important role in shaping the consciousness of the Hebrew Yishuv: Building a new Hebrew culture; the relationship between Jews and the land; and the relationship between Jews and the local Arab population. He is the recipient of a 2016 Dissertation Year Fellowship from Brandeis as well as a fellowship for 2016-2017 from the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. See him highlighted in the Schusterman Center newsletter.


motti inbari

Motti Inbari 2007-2009, NEJS

Motti was the Center's first post-doc fellow and lectured at Brandeis on fundamentalism and Messianism. Currently he is assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Recently published by Cambridge University Press (2012) is his Messianic Religious Zionism Confronts Israeli Territorial Compromises.


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Yuval Jobani 2010-2011, NEJS

Yuval was a post-doc fellow at Brandeis for the 2010-2011 academic year where he lectured on Jewish political thought. He now holds a tenured position at Tel Aviv University teaching Hebrew culture and education.

Susanna Klosko, PhD '17, NEJS

Susanna received her BA from the College of William and Mary and has been with the Schusterman Center since 2009. She was awarded the Malkin Fellowship in Israel Studies (2009-2014) and the Israel Institute Doctoral Fellowship (2013-2015). In her dissertation, she examined the historical connection between immigration, chronic illness, and the Land of Israel by exploring how these were informed by an ethos of productivization and immigration control which came to Palestine not only with Zionist activists but with the jurisdiction of Western powers. In 2016-2017, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia, teaching in the Jewish Studies Department.


emily mckee

Emily McKee 2012-2013, Anthropology

Emily commences a tenure-track position in Fall '13 as assistant professor at Northern Illinois University, jointly appointed with the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy.


Jason Olson, PhD '16, NEJSJason Olson

Jason successfully defended his disseration on "The Impact of the Six-Day War on Jewish-Protestant Relations." His dissertation shows how and why Christian solidarity with Israel shifted from the liberal Protestants before 1967, to the conservative Protestants post-1967, and how the rise of both the Likud party in Israel and the Christian Right in America has transformed the US-Israeli relationship itself. In 2014, he was called to active duty as a Navy officer and currently serves as a Navy Chaplain stationed in Japan. Brandeis Now article.


shay rabineau Shay Rabineau, PhD '13, NEJS

Shay was the Israel Institute Post-Doctoral fellow at the Schusterman Center for 2013-2014, and continued as the Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2014-2015. His dissertation, “Marking and Mapping the Nation: The History of Israel’s Hiking Trail Network,” is the first to examine Israel's 10,000 kilometer trail network as a space on which Israelis articulate their relationship to the Land of Israel. In Fall 2015, Shay took up a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Israel Studies at Binghamton University. There he teaches courses on "History of Modern Israel" and "Hiking the Holy Land."


joseph ringel

Joseph Ringel, PhD '11, NEJS

Joseph successfully defended his dissertation at Brandeis' NEJS department in 2011: "The Sephardic Rabbinate, Sephardic Yeshivot and the Shas Educational System." He received a two-year Fulbright fellowship, sponsored by the US and Israeli governments, to do research on national religious schools in Jewish settlements across the Green Line. His academic home in Israel is the University of Haifa.