Visiting Faculty


Tomer Persico

Tel Aviv University

Dr. Tomer Persico has taught for the last eight years at the Department for Comparative Religion in Tel-Aviv University, and has joined the Shalom Hartman Institute as a Research Fellow four years ago. His fields of study are contemporary spirituality, Jewish Renewal, Forms of secularization and trends of secularization and religiosity in Israel. His book, The Jewish Meditative Tradition, was published by Tel Aviv University Press in 2016. He is an activist for freedom of religion, writes the most popular blog in Hebrew on religion, has written hundreds articles on these subjects for the popular media. This is his second year as the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Center for Jewish Studies at U.C. Berkeley, and a Shalom Hartman Institute Scholar in Residence.

Roy Peled

Haim Striks School of Law, College of Management – Academic Studies in Israel

Dr. Roy Peled is an Administrative and Constitutional Law professor at the Haim Striks School of Law, College of Management – Academic Studies in Israel. Professor Peled received an LL.B in Law from Radzyner Law School at The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya; and an LL.M and Ph.D from the Buchman Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University. He also spent two years as an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School. His research and teaching today focus on media and law, fairness in the media, minority rights, Israeli constitutional law, and comparative constitutional law. Professor Peled is the Israel Institute Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley for 2019-2020, affiliated with the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and the Department of Legal Studies. He is teaching Minorities Rights in a Nation-State: The Israeli Balance and Comparative Constitutional Law: The Case of Israel.

Stephanie Shosh Rotem

Tel Aviv University

Dr. Stephanie Shosh Rotem has been a Teaching Fellow at Tel Aviv University since 2013, teaching in the Interdisciplinary Program in the Arts.  She has also served both as Head of the Diploma Program in Curatorship and Museum Studies and as Coordinator of the Research Committee at the Faculty of the Arts. Rotem received her MA in 2005 and her PhD in 2010, both at the Interdisciplinary Program in the Arts at Tel Aviv University. Rotem is also an architect, a graduate of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and practiced architecture for ten years before returning to graduate school to pursue academic research. In 2018-2019, Rotem was a Visiting Professor in the Jewish Program of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Virginia. In 2019-2020, she is serving as a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, affiliated with the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, and the Department of History.  She is teaching courses on the Architectural History of Tel Aviv, Holocaust Museums in Israel and the World, and Israeli Art and Culture.