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.
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 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).
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).
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.
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.