Visiting Scholars


Motti Regev
The Open University of Israel

Motti Regev is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel.  He currently heads the MA program in Cultural Studies.  He is a sociologist of art and culture, and researches popular music studies.  His recent research focuses on pop-rock music and cultural globalization.  Some of his latest books include Pop-Rock Music: Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism in Late Modernity, Popular Music and Culture in Israel, and Sociology of Culture: A General Introduction. 

Smadar Ben-Natan
Tel Aviv University

Smadar Ben-Natan is a PhD candidate at the Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law. Her research interests include human rights, international and transnational law, criminal justice (fair trial rights, juvenile justice), military courts and tribunals, torture, feminism, immigration and asylum, the legal profession and role of lawyers. Her current research is titled Models of Criminal Enemy Adjudication: Armed Conflict, Martial Law and Criminal Law.

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.

Tamara Lotner Lev

Tamara Lotner Lev is a PhD. Candidate and a fellow at the Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Tel Aviv University. Tamara Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Latin American Studies (The Hebrew University), and M.A in Public Policy (Tel Aviv University). Her academic fields of interest are law, environment and energy, and the wider arenas of policy and regulation relating to them. Her current research concerns comparative, economic and non-economic analysis of environmental regulation on offshore oil and gas industry. Tamara served as a course director of the Environmental Policy Clinic at the Porter School for Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University; as a lecturer in the College for Law and Business in Ramat Gan, and as a researcher in the Law and Environment Program in Tel Aviv University. Previously, Tamara worked as a legal journalist, as practicing lawyer and as environmental projects entrepreneur.


Zeynep Civcik
Brandeis University

Zeynep Civcik received her PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University, where her research concentrates on the role of the military in politics in Israel and in Turkey. She holds an MA and a BA in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University. She is currently researching civil-military relations in Israel and Turkey, and studying a comparison of military interventions.

Yael Plitmann

Yael Plitmann holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University and an LL.M. from Yale Law School.  As a young Israeli scholar in the fields of law, religion, and sociology, Plitmann focuses her research on perceptions of minority communities within Israeli law and the narrative tensions and engagements of minority communities with official law and legal principles.  Her work is multidisciplinary and comparative.  It explores the intersections and entanglements between Israeli law and Jewish law, including the way their entanglement in Israel’s legal framework impacts religious minority communities.  Her work fits very much within both programs of the Berkeley Institute – its Program on Israel Studies and its Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity – and integrates them nicely.

Patricia Munro

Dr. Patricia Munro holds a doctorate in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Her work examines the role of the synagogue in mediating changes in American Jewish practice and belief. Her dissertation, “What if I Drop the Torah?”: Tensions and Resolutions in Accomplishing B’nai Mitzvah Rituals, provides an example of how the synagogue, as an explicitly Jewish space where Jewish practice and belief are reproduced and interpreted, is also the place where congregational leaders and lay members negotiate issues of Jewish policy. Munro’s research is centered in the culturally diverse and Jewishly diffuse Bay Area. From this base, her current research includes examining Bay Area Jewish pluralism from several perspectives and developing a longitudinal study that investigates the role of synagogue affiliation in shaping Jewish knowledge, practice, and identity.

Past Visiting Scholars