Past Visiting Faculty

Browse through our former Visiting Faculty, dating back to the 2011-2012 academic year!

Rami Zeedan 

The Open University of Israel

Dr. Rami Zeedan is a political scientist and historian, teaching at the Open University of Israel, as well as the Tel-Aviv campus of New York University and Kinneret College. In 2014-2016 Dr. Zeedan held a two-year fellowship for outstanding post-doctoral researchers from the Council for Higher Education in Israel, while holding a Taub-Schusterman fellowship with the New York University (USA) followed by a Fritz Thyssen fellowship with the Zentrum Moderner Orient (GERMANY). His research interests include Israeli politics, Middle-Eastern politics, history of modern Israel, ethnic politics, urban affairs and local governments, and public opinion. Dr. Zeedan is the author of two books focusing on Israeli Arabs. His first book: Battalion of Arab – The History of the Minorities Unit in the IDF from 1948 to 1956 (Modan, 2015. in Hebrew), revealed the Israeli policies of recruitment to the IDF implemented towards the Arabs. His next book: The Arab-Palestinians in Israeli Political System in the 21st Century (Lexington Books, forthcoming), examines the trends of integration vs segregation of Arabs in the Israeli political system.


Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg 

Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg is an Assistant Professor at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law. Her fields of interest are criminal law and procedure, non-adversarial criminal justice and the interface between criminal and constitutional law. Some of her recent publications in English include Unconstitutional Criminalization, New Criminal Law Review (forthcoming, 2016), Criminal Law Multitasking, Restorative Criminal Justice, and Pain, Love and Voice: The Place of Domestic Violence Victims in Sentencing.


Michael Shalev

Hebrew University

Michael Shalev is Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University, and past chair of two departments, Sociology & Anthropology and Political Science. He is currently an Israel Institute Visiting Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. Shalev’s graduate degrees are from the London School of Economics and the University of Wisonsin at Madison.  His research interests include political economy, stratification and inequality, electoral and protest politics, and the welfare state. He is the author and co-editor, respectively, of two books on the political economy of Israel published by Oxford University Press: Labour and the Political Economy in Israel (1992) and Neoliberalism as a State Project: Changing the Political Economy of Israel (forthcoming).


Amnon 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). 


Keren Friedman-Peleg

College of Management–Academic Studies

Keren Friedman-Peleg is a senior lecturer at the School of Behavioral Sciences, and the Head of the President’s Program for Excellence at the College of Management–Academic Studies, Israel. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University, under the supervision of Prof. Yoram Bilu and Prof. Moshe Shokeid.  In 2008, Friedman-Peleg was a post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the Medical School at Tel Aviv University during 2010-2011. Based on her ethnographic research at non-profit organizations in Israel–NATAL (The Israeli Center for Victims of Terror and War) and ITC (Israel Trauma Coalition)– she has published articles on the intersection between therapeutic discourse and national belonging in leading journals, such as Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry and Transcultural Psychiatry (with Y. Bilu). The full manuscript of her doctoral thesis – entitled “A Nation on the Couch: The Politics of Trauma in Israel” was published in the early spring of 2014 at Magnes–The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Press, and is currently under advanced process of review at the University of Toronto Press.


David Kasher 


Rabbi David Kasher is a Senior Rabbinic Educator at Kevah. David grew up bouncing back and forth between the Bay Area and Brooklyn, hippies and hassidim, and has been trying to synthesize these two worlds ever since. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he studied for several years in yeshivot in Israel before heading to rabbinical school at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, where he was ordained in 2007. He returned to Northern California, and until 2012 was the Senior Jewish Educator at Berkeley Hillel. While there, David joined the faculty at Berkeley Law as a lecturer, and began a doctoral degree there – studying religious and secular jurisprudence – which he completed in the Summer of 2016. Amidst all of this, David taught classes around the Bay Area, and served as an advisor to the nascent Kevah. He is a teacher of nearly all forms of classical Jewish literature, but his greatest passion is Torah commentary, and he produces the weekly ParshaNut blog and podcast exploring the weird and wonderful riches of the genre.

Visiting Faculty 2016-2017

Tamar Kricheli-Katz

Tel Aviv University 

Tamar Kricheli-Katz holds a joint appointment in the faculty of law and the department of sociology. She received her PhD and JSM from Stanford University and her LL.B from the Hebrew University. She has also served as a law clerk and a legal advisor to Justice T. Or of the Israeli Supreme Court. Her research interests include strati cation, sociology of law, social psychology and gender, focusing on the relationships among choice, responsibility, moral judgment and discrimination.


Nissim Mizrachi 

Tel Aviv University 

Prof. Nissim Mizrachi is the chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University.
He received his MA, summa cum laude, from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University; he earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a Fulbright Scholar. His main areas of interest are the sociology of knowledge and culture, science and medicine, ethnic studies, social inequality and human rights.


Tali Regev

Brandeis University Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC) 

Dr. Regev is a researcher and lecturer at the School of Economics at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC). Dr. Regev completed her doctorate in economics at the MIT. Her research interests include the labor market and macro-economics, focusing on unemployment, income inequality, and discrimination. Dr. Regev is also active in community affairs, and was a member of the advisory forum to the Minister of Finance; the Trachtenberg Committee; the Committee of the Council for Higher Education for making higher education more accessible to disadvantaged populations; and more.


Michael Shalev

Hebrew University

Michael Shalev is Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University, and past chair of two departments, Sociology & Anthropology and Political Science. He is currently an Israel Institute Visiting Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. Shalev’s graduate degrees are from the London School of Economics and the University of Wisonsin at Madison.  His research interests include political economy, stratification and inequality, electoral and protest politics, and the welfare state. He is the author and co-editor, respectively, of two books on the political economy of Israel published by Oxford University Press: Labour and the Political Economy in Israel (1992) and Neoliberalism as a State Project: Changing the Political Economy of Israel (forthcoming).


Ilana Szobel

Brandeis University

Ilana Szobel is Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature. She received her doctorate from the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Her scholarly interests include a range of issues regarding identity with a sensitivity to inclusion and exclusion. In her teaching, she underlines challenges posed by feminism, war and peace, the Holocaust, family structure, economic and cultural dislocation as entry points for students to engage Israeli society and culture, drawing upon psychoanalytic and feminist theories of trauma, witness theory, memory studies, and lm theories.


Visiting Faculty 2015-2016


Hila Shamir

Israel Institute Visiting Professor of Law
Tel Aviv University

 Dr. Hila Shamir is one of our Israel Instiute visiting professors, and an Associate Professor at the Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv  University.   She has also served as a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School and as  Lecturer for the Harvard University Department of Government. She also served as a law clerk to Israeli Supreme Court Justice, Eliyahu Mazza.  Dr. Shamir received her LL.B from the Tel Aviv School of Law, and her LL.M and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard. She has studied the division of law between the family, the market, and the state and the distributive effects of various institutional arrangements on gender and class inequality. Dr. Shamir will be researching for a book project about the ‘Law of Care,’ which will be a comparative study between Israel, the United States, and Australia. She will be exploring the regulation of (traditionally) women’s paid and unpaid care work. She hopes to reveal the similarities and variations that exist between the three states and the potential for market-based provision of welfare in the age of globalization.

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Ori Aronson

Israel Institute Visiting Professor/The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor of Israeli Law and Society
Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Ori Aronson is visiting from Bar-Ilan University, where he is a assistant professor at the Faculty of Law.  He is also  a founding member of the Center for Jewish and Democratic Law. Ori received an LL.B from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and LL.M and S.J.D degrees from Harvard Law School. He has also served as a law clerk to Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice, Aharon Barak, as well as to Judge Jon O. Newman (United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit). His research interests include constitutional law and civil procedure, with a special interest in political and constitutional implications of the institutional design of court systems. While in Berkeley, he will continue his research in the complex set of questions that arise out of the design of democratic institutions.

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Yuval Ben Bassat

Visiting Professor History
University of Haifa

Dr. Yuval Ben-Bassat is a senior lecturer at the Department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa where he teaches Ottoman and Turkish history. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago (2007). His research focuses on petitions sent from Palestine to the Ottoman capital at the end of the 19th century, the rural population of Palestine at that time, the early Jewish-Arab conflict, the Young Turk Revolution of 1908, and WWI in the Levant. Dr. Ben-Bassat is the author of Petitioning the Sultan: Protests and Justice in Late Ottoman Palestine (London: I.B.TAURIS, 2013, 346pp), and the co-editor of Rethinking Late Ottoman Palestine: The Young Turk Rule, 1908-1918 (London: I.B. TAURIS, 2011, 310pp.).

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Visiting Faculty 2014-2015

Avishai Benish, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor of Israeli Law and Society
Legal Studies
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Avishai Benish is Assistant Professor at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His fields of expertise are public law, welfare law and social policy, and his main research is on the impact of welfare state governance reforms (such as privatization and performance management) on accountability, social rights and administrative justice. Avishai graduated with honors from the Hebrew University, receiving an LL.B. in Law and Political Science; he is also an honors graduate of the LL.M. program at Columbia University Law School. He has published in journals such as Law and Policy, Public Administration and Social Service Review, and he currently serves as co-editor (with Professor David Levi-Faur) of the Jerusalem Papers on Regulation & Governance working papers series. His current research is on the regulation of privatized social services through an empirical study of the institutional dynamics of extending public law to private welfare contractors and the impact of marketization on the role and practices of street-level professionals. Avishai is also leading a research study (with Professor Shimon Shapiro) on the inspection of social services and the implications of inspectors’ professional background on the goals and style of their regulatory enforcement.

Itay Fischhendler
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Itay Fischhendler heads the Environmental and Planning program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests focus on environmental conflict resolution; natural resources governance and decision making under conditions of political and environmental uncertainties. He is a leading scholar on transboundary water institutions and Middle Eastern water policy, and has published over 30 articles in leading public policy, conflict resolution, peace studies, geography, ecological economics, and environmental journals. Itay is now engaged in research related to energy infrastructure along the Israeli coastal line.

Shira Offer
Bar-Ilan University

Shira Offer is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and was a Research Analyst at the Alfred P. Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work. Her main research interests include personal networks, work and family, gender relations, and poverty. As a sociologist studying families, Offer’s research is motivated by the concern of how the current social, cultural, and economic climate affects the well-being and functioning of parents and children of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. She has published a number of articles in such journals as the American Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Forces, Social Science Research, The Sociological Quarterly, Community, Work, and Family, Racial and Ethnic Studies, and Current Sociology. For more information and downloads visit

Visiting Faculty 2013-2014

Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor 

Dr. Sharon Aronson-Lehavi is the 2013-2014 Lisa and Douglas Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor. She will be teaching courses in the departments of Comparative Literature; Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS); and Near Eastern Studies (NES). Prof. Aronson-Lehavi is a tenured Senior Lecturer of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Department of Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan University, and a member of the Israel Young Academy (IYA), established by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her past awards and distinctions include a Fulbright grant for doctoral studies, a Dan David post-doctoral research award, and the 2012 award for Excellence in Teaching, Bar Ilan University.

Prof. Aronson-Lehavi specializes in theatre and performance history and theory. Her primary areas of research are late medieval theatre, modern theatre and performance, theatre and religion, and Jewish and Israeli theatre and performance. She is the author of Gender and Feminism in Modern Theatre, (Open University Press, 2013; Hebrew); Street Scenes: Late Medieval Acting and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, New Middle Ages Series, 2011); and the editor of Wanderers and Other Israeli Plays (Seagull Books, In Performance Series, 2009), an anthology of seven contemporary Israeli plays in English translation with an introduction by the editor. Her essays have appeared in Performance Research, Theatre Research International, Performance and Spirituality, and other journals and books. Her current research project deals with religious representations in modern experimental theatre and performance.

Amnon Lehavi, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor of Israeli Law and Society 

Prof. Amnon Lehavi (Yale, J.S.D) is the 2013-2014 Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor of Israeli Law and Society. He will be teaching Comparative Constitutional Law: The Case of Israel. He is the Atara Kaufman Professor of Real Estate, Radzyner School of Law, and Academic Director, Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute, Interdisciplinary Centre (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.

Prof. Lehavi is a leading authority on property, real estate, land use controls, international economic law, and law and globalization. He is the author of The Construction of Property: Norms, Institutions, Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and the editor of Gated Communities (Nevo Press, 2010). Prof. Lehavi has published extensively in top journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Texas Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and Yale Journal of International Law. He has won numerous prizes, including the 2007 Tzeltner Award for an outstanding young scholar and the 2008 and 2010 IDC Award for excellence in scholarship. Prof. Lehavi also served as the Chairperson of the Israeli Association of Private Law (2012-2013).

Visiting Faculty 2012-2013:

Barak Medina, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor

Medina is the the outgoing Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Medina earned his LLB, and his BA and MA in Economics from Tel-Aviv University, an LLM from Harvard Law School, and a PhD in Economics from The Hebrew University. He joined the Hebrew University Law Faculty in 2003, and served as its Dean from 2009-2012. 

He has authored the authoritative book on Israeli constitutional law, and is a scholar of the economic analysis of law.  His latest book, “Law, Economics, and Morality,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2010.At Berkeley, Medina will teach a seminar on Law, Economics and Morality at the Law School, and will teach Israeli constitutional law in the Legal Studies Program.

Yaacov Yadgar, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Visiting Israeli Professor

Yadgar teaches in the Department of Political Science at Bar Ilan University in Israel.  Yadgar received his PhD from Bar Ilan, where he studied with Israel Prize winner Charles Liebman, leading analyst of the Israeli and American Jewish communities. Yadgar is a scholar of religious identity, politics, and culture in Israel. 

His latest book, “Secularism and Religion in Jewish-Israeli Politics (2011),”  focuses on the failure of the “religious vs. secular” discourse to capture accurately the complexity of Jewish identity–not least because that discourse ignores the “masortim” (traditionists) who comprise over a third of the Jewish-Israeli population.

In UC Berkeley’s Political Science Department, Yadgar will teach undergraduate and graduate seminars on Israeli Political Culture and Religion in Politics, and a lecture course on Religion and Politics in Israel (Spring 2013).  He will also teach “History of Zionism” in the Department of History (Fall 2012).

Leon Wiener Dow, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Post-Doctoral Lecturer; Post-Doctoral Fellow in Jewish Law, Robbins Collection for Civil and Religious Law, Berkeley Law

Wiener Dow received his B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University, rabbinic ordination from Rabbi David Hartman, and a PhD in philosophy from Bar Ilan University. 

His research seeks to develop a philosophy of halacha (Jewish Law) based on the thought of Franz Rosenzweig.  At Berkeley, Wiener Dow will teach undergraduate courses on “Modern Jewish Thought” and “Israeli Culture Through Film.”

Visiting Faculty 2011-2012:

Nurit Novis-Deutsch, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor

Novis-Deutsch, whose research focuses on the study of identity, psychology of religion, and moral development, received her PhD in psychology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.Her current research focuses on the religious identity of Bay Area Jews, and this year she is teaching a freshman seminar on “Jewish Collective Identity and Memory” (Jewish Studies 39E), as well as two courses, “The Israeli Experience – Explorations in Psychology of Identity,” and “Psychology of Religion,” in the Department of Psychology, and lecturing in History of Israel (History 100.2)

Menachem Hofnung, 2011 Inaugural Visiting Professor in Israeli Law, Economy and Society.

Hofnung is Herbert Samuel Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research covers national security and civil liberties, constitutional politics and comparative political finance, and at Berkeley he taught “Democracy, Civil Liberties and National Security: Israel in Comparative Perspective,” to Legal Studies and Political Science undergraduates.

Hofnung has served as President of the Israeli Law and Society Association, and a member of the National Commission on the Structure of Governmental Administration in Israel (Magidor Commission, 2006). He is the incoming President of the Association for Israel Studies.