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. Prior to her graduate studies, Tamar served as a law clerk and a legal advisor to Justice T. Or of the Israeli Supreme Court. Her research interests include stratification, sociology of law, social psychology and gender. Her research explores the relationships among choice, responsibility, moral judgment and discrimination. Specifically, it aims at investigating whether the belief that individuals can choose to acquire a certain status, affects the ways in which people of this status are then treated, and whether the discrimination against them is legitimized.
Ilana Szobel is Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair. She received her doctorate in January 2008 from the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Her dissertation won the 2007 Ben Halpern Award for Best Dissertation from the Association for Israel Studies. Her scholarly interests encompass a broad range of issues regarding identity with a particular sensitivity to cultural, political, and social processes of inclusion and exclusion. In her teaching, she underlines challenges posed by feminism, war and peace, the Holocaust, family structure, economic and cultural dislocation as compelling entry points for students to engage Israeli society and culture. She reaches into personal and collective traumatic experiences which have left an indelible mark on Israeli culture as a way to open up and recast Israel’s conflicted history. She adroitly draws upon an impressive variety of conceptual paradigms: psychoanalytic and feminist theories of trauma, witness theory, memory studies, and film theories.
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).
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. Prof. Mizrachi is the recipient of the 2008 Clifford Geertz Prize for that year’s best article in the sociology of culture, awarded by the American Sociological Association; the 2011 Rector’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Tel Aviv University; and the Israeli Sociological Association Prize for the best article published in 2012, among others.
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 doctoral studies in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006). From 2006 to 2008 she worked in the economics department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and then at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests include the labor market and macro-economics, and in particular her research deals with unemployment, income inequality, and discrimination. Among her publications: “Signaling with Uncertain Returns” (2012); “Talent Utilization and Search for the Appropriate Technology” (with Hosni Zoabi, 2013); and “Gender Ratios at Top PhD Programs in Economics” (with Galina Hale, 2014). Alongside her work in academia, Dr. Regev is 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.
Past Visiting Faculty
Visiting Faculty 2015-2016
Israel Institute Visiting Professor of Law
Tel Aviv University
Dr. Hila Shamir is one of our Israel Insitute visiting professors, and an Associate Profesor 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.
Israel Institute Visiting Professor/The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor of Israeli Law and Society
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 recieved 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.
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.).
Visiting Faculty 2014-2015
Avishai Benish, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor of Israeli Law and Society
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.
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 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 https://biu.academia.edu/ShiraOffer
Visiting Faculty 2013-2014
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.
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.