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 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 and has written hundreds articles on these subjects for the popular media. 2019-2020 is his second year as the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, Center for Jewish Studies at U.C. Berkeley. He is also 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 Minority 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 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 of Israel Studies 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. 

Ammon Reichman 

University of Haifa

Amnon Reichman is a an Associate Professor of law (tenured 2006) at the faculty of law, University of Haifa and a co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the recently-established Minerva Center for the Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa. Professor Reichman specializes in public law (constitutional law and administrative law), and his areas of expertise include models of regulation, neo-institutionalism, separation of powers, theories of judicial review, human rights, and comparative constitutional and administrative law. He is the founder and chair of the Research Forum on the Rule of Law (faculty of law), and heads the graduate program (LL.M.) that specializes in civil and administrative law. He taught and developed the syllabus for the legal segment of the graduate program in Emergency and Disaster Management (Geography Department). Professor Reichman is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF).  He conducted his post-graduate studies at the Center for Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University (2001). Professor Reichman will be returning to Berkeley during the Spring 2020 semester. 

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