Akhmad Sahal, University of Pennsylvania
Benny Neuberger, Open University of Israel
Aviva Halamish, Open University of Israel
Visiting scholars hosted by the Schusterman Center, work on academic research projects and usually present their topic at the bi-monthly Scholars Seminar.
Guangmeng Chen, Sichuan International Studies University
Dr. Chen is currently an associate professor at the School of International Relations in Sichuan International Studies University (SISU). He got his Ph.D. from the Department of History, Nanjing University in 2010, and then he entered SISU as a lecturer in International Relations. From Oct. 2012 through Jan. 2013, Dr. Chen was a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Humanities, Bar-Ilan University. Since 2013, he is director of the Center for Israel Studies at SISU. He has published articles on Israeli Think Tanks and Their Role in Israel’s Foreign Policy. His main teaching and research fields include International Relations History, Israeli Think Tanks, Sino-Israel Relations and related topics.
Hetian Duan, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Ms. Duan received her Masters degree from the Institute of Jewish Studies, School of History and Culture, Henan University in 2013. She attended an educational seminar at the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in 2011. In 2011-2012 she was a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Humanities, Bar-Ilan University. Since 2013, she is a doctoral student at the Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She has published articles on Alexander II's Policies for Jews, on William C. White's life in Kaifeng China and about the transformation of the Kibbutz in the 1980s. Her research interests extend to Judaism in modern Israel and America, the history of Chinese Jews and related topics.
Akhmad Sahal, University of Pennsylvania
Sahal is working on a dissertation which examines the political thinking of Isaac Herzog (1888-1959), the first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of the newly established State of Israel, and Shaykh Rashid Rida (1865-1935), the Syrian-Egyptian Muslim reformist and founder of the journal Al Manar. Both figures grappled with the questions about how a modern state could be guided by religious law: Herzog articulated a vision for a Torah-based constitution, while Rida called for a renewal of the Islamic caliphate with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. An academic position awaits Sahal at the Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University Jakarta upon completion of his doctoral degree at UPenn. He will be designing a program for Israel/Jewish Studies within that university's Center for Middle East Studies.
Bo Zhang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Since 2001, Dr Zhang has been a researcher at the Institute of West Asian and African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. In 2011, He got his PhD from the Institute of Jewish Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Nanjing University. In the year 2003-2004, he was a visiting scholar at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University. Dr Zhang has published articles on topics such as Israel’s relations with Turkey, Egypt, and Iran; Turkey’s relations with Iraq, and the U.S; and the status of the Jews in the Ottoman Empire. He is also interested in Israel’s relations with Arab countries, Sudan’s foreign relations, and related topics.
Fany Yuval, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Yuval is a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is currently engaged in several research projects. Among them, the development of tools to measure the performance and efficiency of local government and public sector management. She is also researching public policy, alternative politics and the Israeli welfare state. Issue voting, voting procedures and voters’ behavior are likewise among Dr. Yuval’s current foci. She has published numerous studies, articles, and book chapters. In 2011 she received the award for best paper published in Hebrew from the Israeli Political Science Association.
Benyamin Neuberger, Professor of Political Science, The Open University of Israel
Professor Benyamin Neuberger holds BA and MA degrees in Political Science, Economics and African Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Columbia University. He is currently Professor of Political Science at the Open University of Israel. He has taught at Tel Aviv University, the University of Cape Town, University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College. In 2003–05 he was a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University. He has published widely on Israeli and African politics, nationalism, ethnicity, democratic theory and religion and state. On the Stability of Israel's Democracy was the topic of Prof. Neuberger's Scholars Seminar.
Professor Aviva Halamish is the president of the Association for Israel Studies and head of Modern History Studies at the Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies at the Open University of Israel. Her scholarship encompasses the history of Zionism, the State of Israel and the Kibbutz movement, Jewish immigration in the 20th century, and illegal Jewish immigration to Mandate-era Palestine. She is a member Israel’s Ministry of Education Committee on History. From August 2005 through February 2006, she was a visiting professor at New York University and has taught at the University of Haifa and Bar Ilan University. She is an editorial board member for Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, and Ben Gurion Institute for the Research of Israel and Zionism Press, among others, and co-editor of Cathedra for the History of Eretz Israel and its Yishuv.In 2008 she won the Hecht Prize of the Herzl Institute for the Research and Study of Zionism for her book Be'merutz Kaful Neged Hazman (A Dual Race Against Time: Zionist Immigration Policy in the 1930s). Prof. Halamish's topic for the Scholars Seminar was Soviet Influence on Israeli Culture in the Early Years.