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The Home of Academic Studies on Israel

Across the academic world, the field of Israel Studies is rapidly growing. Going beyond the basic conflicts, Israel Studies focuses on modern Israel's history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical challenges.

The following list represents centers, specialized degree programs and/or endowed chairs that focus primarily on the academic study of modern Israel on university campuses across North America and Europe .

This list excludes those centers that broadly focus on Jewish or Middle Eastern studies.

Centers of Israel Studies

American University (est. 1998)
Center for Israel Studies
Michael Brenner, Chair
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016 USA
Tel: 202.885.3780

Brandeis University (est. 2008)
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
David Ellenson, Director
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453 USA
Tel: 781.736.2166

Canada Christian College
Department of Modern Israel Studies
Frank Dimant, Chair
50 Gervais Dr.
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Z3 CANADA
Tel: 416.391.5000

California State University, Chico
Modern Jewish & Israel Studies
Samuel Edelman, Coordinator
239 Trinity Hall
Chico, CA 95929 USA
Tel: 530.898.5661

Columbia University
Institute for Israel & Jewish Studies
Jeremy Dauber, Director
511 Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027 USA
Tel: 212.854.2581

Concordia University
Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies
Norma Joseph; Csaba Nikolenyi, Co-Directors
1455 de Maisonneuve St. West
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 CANADA
Tel: 514.848.2424

Emory University (est. 1998)
Institute for the Study of Modern Israel
Kenneth Stein, William Schatten Chair
1256 Briarcliff Road A-427N
Atlanta, Georgia 30306 USA
Tel: 404.727.2798

George Washington University
Judaic Studies Program
Daniel Schwartz, Director
1256 Briarcliff Road A-427N
Atlanta, Georgia 30306 USA
Tel: 404.727.2798

Moscow State University
Israel Studies Program
Arkady Fedorchenko, Chair
11 Mokhova St
Moscow, Russia 103009
Tel: (7-905).203.3121

New York University (est. 2003)
Taub Center for Israel Studies
Ron Zweig, Henry & Marilyn Taub Chair
14A Washington News, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003 USA
Tel: 212.992.9797

Northwestern University
Crown Family Center for Jewish & Israel Studies
Elie Rekhess, Visiting Crown Chair
1860 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208 USA
Tel: 847.491.2612

Russian Academy of Sciences
Department of Israel
Andrey Fedorchenko, Chair
Institute of Oriental Studies
12 Rozhdestvenka Street
Moscow 103753 RUSSIA
Tel: 7.095.921.1884

United States Naval Academy
Shayna Weiss, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Israeli Studies
121 Blake Road,
Annapolis, MD 21402
Tel: 410.293.1000

University College of London
Centre for Israel Studies
Dr Neil Lochery, Director
Hebrew & Jewish Studies
Foster Court, Malet Place, off Torrington Place
Tel: 020.7679.7171

University of Calgary
Israel Studies Program
Dr David Tal, Director
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 CANADA
Tel: 403.220.4097

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
Daniella Beinisch, Director
472 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 USA
Tel: 510.643.0501

University of California, Los Angeles
Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies
Arieh Saposnik, Gilbert Foundation Chair
11361 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA
Tel: 310.825.9646

University of Colorado, Boulder
Program in Jewish Studies
Dr. David Shneer, Director, Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History
Campus Box #122
Boulder, Colorado 80309 USA
Tel: 303.492.7143

University of Denver
Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East
Dyana Furmansky, Interim Director
2201 S. Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208 USA
Tel: 303.871.3094

University of Maryland
Joseph & Alma Gilderhorn Institute for Israel Studies
Yoram Peri, Abraham S. & Jack Kay Chair
4137 Susquehanna Hall
College Park, MD 20742 USA
Tel: 301.405.9413

University of Nebraska, Omaha
Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies
Moshe Gershovich, Director
Arts & Sciences Hall Room 200
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182 USA
Tel: 402.554.3175

University of North Texas
Jewish and Israel Studies Program
Richard M Golden, Director
1155 Union Circle #305369
Denton, TX 76203
Tel: 940.369.8926

University of Oklahoma
Schusterman/Josey Program in Judaic & Israel Studies
Norman Stillman, Director
455 W. Lindsey, DAHT 403A
Norman, OK 73019
Tel: 405.325.6508

University of Texas, Austin
Israel Studies Collaborative
Ami Pedahzur, Director
Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
1 University Station B3600
Austin TX 78712 USA
Tel: 512.475.6178

Yeshiva University
Center for Israel Studies
Steven Fine, Director
500 West 185th Street
Belfer Hall, 524
New York, NY 10033 USA
Tel: 212.960.5400

Professors of Israel Studies

American University
Michael Brenner
Seymour and Lillian Abensohn
Chair in Israel Studies
American University Center for Israel Studies

Brandeis University
Ilan Troen
Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Columbia University
Inon Cohen
Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
Chair of Israel and Jewish Studies

Emory University
Kenneth W. Stein
William Schattern
Chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Israel Studies
Department of History

Georgetown University
Robert Leiber
Aaron & Cecile Goldman
Visiting Israel Professorship

Department of Government

Harvard University
Eric Nelson
Director, Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies
Department of Government

Michigan State University
Yael Aronoff
Michael and Elaine Sterling and Friends
Professor of Modern Israel Studies

Jewish Studies Program

Monash University
Fania Oz-Salzberger
Leon Liberman Research Chair in Modern Israel Studies
Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization

New York University
Ronald Zweig
Henry and Marilyn Taub Chair in Israel Studies
Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Ohio State University
Alex Kaye
Sonia and Saul Schottenstein
Chair in Israel Studies

Jewish Studies Department

Oxford University
Dr Emanuele Ottolenghi
Leone Ginzburg Research Fellowship
in Israeli Law Politics and Society

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Portland State University
Nina Spiegel
Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies

St Anne's College, Oxford University
Derek Penslar
Stanley Lewis Professor of
Israel Studies and Fellow

School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

San Francisco State University
Marc Dollinger
Richard and Rhoda Goldman
Associate Professor of Israel Studies

Department of Jewish Studies

Sussex University (England)
David Tal
Yossi Harel Chair in Modern Israel Studies
School of History & Philosophy

Temple University
Mirokowski Visiting Scholars
Program in Israel Studies

College of Liberal Arts

University of Calgary
David Tal
Kahanoff Chair of Israel Studies
Department of History

University of California, Los Angeles
Arieh Saposnik
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Israel Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department

University of Colorado, Boulder
David Shneer
Director. Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History
Program in Jewish Studies

University of London
Colin Shindler
Professor of Israeli Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies

University of Manchester
Moshe Behar
Israel Studies Lecturship
Pearls Lecturer in Israel and Middle East Studies
Department of Religion and Theology

University of Maryland
Yoram Peri
Abraham S. and Jack Kay
Professor of Israel Studies

University of North Carolina
Jonathan M Hess
Sara and E.J. Evans Distinguished Professor of Israel and the Middle East
Director, UNC Center for Jewish Studies

University of Oxford
Derek J. Penslar
Stanley Lewis Chair in Israel Studies
Middle East Program, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

University of Toronto
Emanuel Adler
Andrea and Charles Bronfman
Chair of Israeli Studies

Centre for International Studies

University of Wisconsin
Nadav Shelef
Meyerhoff Chair in Israel Studies
Department of Political Science

Wake Forest University
Mike and Deborah Rubin
Chair of Jewish and Israeli History

Israel Studies Awards

Stanford University
The 2015 George and Charlotte Shultz Fellowship for Modern Israel Studies
Ariella Axler ’15; Noam Rosenthal ’15; Aaron Zelinger ’16; Yael Wulfovich ’14

At a ceremony attended by Henry Kissinger and Charles Shultz, these four students were awarded the 2015 George and Charlotte Shultz Fellowship for Modren Israel Studies. The fellowship will allow the students, coming from a wide variety of disciplines and academic interests, to conduct field study work in Israel.

Faculty Trips to Israel

Brandeis University
Summer Institute for Israel Studies

The Summer Institute for Israel Studies has trained over 225 faculty at colleges and universities to design courses on Israel Studies. Recent participants teach history, international relations, arts, Jewish studies, religion, law, anthropology, linguistics, and security studies. Israel Study tour: June 30, 2015 - July 9, 2015.

Foundation for Defense of Democracies
National Security Trip to Israel

FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel is a seven day trip for D.C.-area young professionals pursuing careers in national security. Previous National Security Trips to Israel included private meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ron Dermer (current Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.), Meir Dagan (former Director of the Mossad), Shaul Mofaz (former Minister of Defense), Mark Regev (international spokesman for the Prime Minister of Israel) and other senior Israeli government officials as well as Palestinian officials.

Academic Exchange
Mission to Israel

Trip presented in partnership with the Milken Institute and Yitzhak Rabin Center.

Faculty Fellowship
Summer Institute in Israel

All full time faculty at any level or in any discipline may apply. Applicants must have a current passport which expires no earlier than December 4, 2015. Trip dates: May 24, 2015 - June 4, 2015.