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-Uriel Abulof
(Princeton University)

- Erga Atad
(Tulane University)

- Haya Bar-Itzhak
(University of Michigan)

- Sariel Birnbaum
(San Diego State University)

- Julia Chaitin
(University of Texas)

- Assaf Gavron
(University of Nebraska)

- Gal Levy
(University of Kansas)

- Gershon Lewenthal
(University of Oklahoma)

- Anat Maor
(Brooklyn College)

- Tikva Meroz-Aharoni
(University of Kentucky)

- Ben Mor
(University of Missouri)

- Ilai Saltzman
(Claremont McKenna College)

- Noam Shoval
(University of Pittsburgh)

- Mohammad Wattad
(University of California Irvine)

- Michael Weinstock
(University of California Los Angeles)

- Rafeket Zalashik
(Vanderbilt University)

- Ido Zelkovitz
(University of Minnesota)

- Daniel Zisenwine
(U.S. Naval Academy)

Uriel Abulof

  • Tel Aviv University
  • Prinecton University

Prof. Abulof is an assistant professor of politics at Tel-Aviv University and a senior research fellow at Princeton University’s LISD / Woodrow Wilson School. He studies political legitimation and violence, focusing on nationalism, democratization, nuclear proliferation, revolutions, and ethnic conflicts in the Middle East, Canada, and South Africa. Prof. Abulof’s first book, Living on the Edge: The Existential Uncertainty of Zionism (forthcoming from Haifa University Press) received the Bahat Prize for the Best Academic Book. He recently completed his second book, The Mortality of Morality of Nations (under contract, Cambridge University Press). Prof. Abulof has been published extensively in academic journals and various public venues, contributing op-eds to both Hebrew and English outlets (such as Haaretz and the Huffington Post). He is also an editorial staff member and writer for the Eretz Acheret (A Different Land) Hebrew Journal.

Erga Atad

  • Tulane University

Dr. Atad earned her Ph.D. in Communications from Tel-Aviv University and held a post-doctoral position at Haifa University's Department of Communication. Dr. Atad specializes in global media, political communication, Israeli mass media and media effects. Her main research concerns aspects of global media, emphasizing the interaction between public and private broadcasting and the level of cosmopolitanism and nationalism of global news networks. Her main fields of study are Israeli media and society, global media in a comparative perspective, political communication in Israel and journalism in the digital age. Before starting her academic career, Dr. Atad served as deputy spokesperson at the "Israeli Union of Local Authorities" and "Yeladim: Fair Chance for Children.”

Haya Bar-Itzhak

  • University of Haifa
  • University of Michigan

Prof. Bar-Itzhak is a professor of literature and folklore. She served as Chair of the Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, serves as Head of Folklore Studies, and is the Director of the Israel Folktale Archives at the University of Haifa. The focus of her research is Jewish folk literature with an emphasis on the ethnographic and poetic aspects. She is published extensively on settlement, immigration and ethnicity in Israel; Jewish folk literature in Eastern Europe; and women in Jewish folklore. Prof. Bar-Itzhak has published ten books and many articles in Hebrew, English, German, French, Russian, Polish and Ukrainian. She is a recipient of several awards and grants, among them the American National Jewish Book Award, the Lerner Foundation for Yiddish Culture Award, Fulbright fellowship and the Israeli Science Foundation grant. She is the editor of the first Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions published in the U.S. by M.E. Sharpe.

Sariel Birubaum

  • Hebrew University
  • San Diego State University

Dr. Birnbaum is a Brenda Danet post-doc at the Smart Institute of Communication at Hebrew University. He received his Ph.D. from Hebrew University after conducting research on the history of Egyptian cinema. He has published many articles about film and media, including "Historical Discourse in the Media of the Palestinian National Authority" and “Iraq in Contemporary Egyptian Cinema – Impotence and Lack of Interest.” Dr. Birnbaum was also a research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at Hebrew University and has participated in many conferences at Israeli universities.

Julia Chaitin

  • Sapir College, Ben Gurion University
  • University of Texas

Dr. Chaitin is a resident of Kibbutz Urim (Israel), located near the border with the Gaza Strip. She is a scholar-practitioner, and her background is in social psychology, with an expertise in qualitative-narrative research and peace-building. Her research focuses on the long-term psychosocial impacts of the Holocaust and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict – including topics such as personal narratives – and the role they place in peace-building or peace-obstruction, collective identity, political tourism, and inter-group dialogue. She has published articles and books on these topics. Dr. Chaitin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work at the Sapir College, and a teaching fellow in the Masters Conflict Management Program at the Eilat campus of Ben Gurion University. Dr. Chaitin is also active in grassroots peace work. She is a board member of Other Voice – an organization that calls for a non-violent end to the conflict in the Gaza-Sderot region, a member of Friendship across Borders – a joint German, Israeli and Palestinian peace education NGO, and of Circles in Eshkol – a dialogue group comprised of secular and Orthodox Jews.

Assaf Gavron

  • Bar-Ilan University, Sapir College, The Sam Spiegel Film and Television School
  • University of Nebraska

Prof. Gavron is an Israeli author. His fiction has been translated into ten languages, adapted to the stage and cinema, and have won several awards, including the Israeli Prime Minister's Creative Award for Authors, Buch fuer die Stadt in Germany and Prix Courrier International in France. His latest novel, The Hilltop, will be published by Scribner in the US in the fall of 2014. Prof. Gavron teaches Hebrew Literature and Creative Writing in Bar-Ilan University, Sapir College, and the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem.

Gal Levy

  • University of Kansas

Dr. Levy’s research background is in constructions of ethnicity and citizenship, mainly in the field of education. He earned his BA and MA from Tel Aviv University and his Ph.D. from the University of London (LSE). Currently he is concluding a three-year research project on alternative education in the Palestinian society in Israel and is engaged in new research on citizenship enactments and political activism in the Arab and Jewish societies in Israel. Recently Prof. Levy has been invited to join a Cambridge University research group to study “Topographies of Citizenship” over the next five years. Dr. Levy will be studying the prospects of democracy and citizenship in the contemporary Middle East. Dr. Levy is now working on a book on aspects of citizenship in Israel tentatively entitled Striving for Citizenship: Struggles for Representation Beyond Rights.

Gershon Lewenthal

  • University of Oklahoma

Dr. Lewental earned his B.A. from Cornell University, received his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Brandeis University in 2011, and wrote his dissertation on the Battle of al-Qadisiyyah during the Arab-Muslim conquest of Iran and the changing perceptions of the engagement through time. His fields of specialization include Iranian history, early Islam, the Baha’i faith, and Israeli history, and he seeks in his scholarship to examine the interplay of memory, religion, and nationalism in identity. Currently, he is preparing his dissertation for publication and working on a study of the Baha’i community in Israel from 1917 to the present. He will spend the 2014–2015 academic year at the University of Oklahoma as an AICE/Schusterman visiting Israel professor.

Anat Maor

  • Brooklyn College

Dr. Maor is a professor in the fields of Israeli politics, the social and economic policies of Israel, and women in Israel. She served as a commander in the Israel Defense Forces and later as a member of the Knesset from 1992 to 2003. During that time she served on the Committee on Science and Technology as well as the committees of Education, Status of Women, Labor and Social Welfare. She also served as the Chairperson for the Sub Committee of Women at Work & Economy. Since then she has been a lecturer at Open University and the Academic College in Ruppin. Dr. Maor has written five books and has attended twelve academic conferences in countries outside of Israel.

Tikva Meroz-Aharoni

  • University of Kentucky

Dr. Meroz-Aharoni earned her Ph.D. Magna Cum Laude in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. Her thesis was on Natan Alterman's love poetry and the influence of Europe on his early writings in Hebrew. She has been a theater critic as well as a literary critic and a lecturer of contemporary Hebrew literature at Ashkelon Academic College. Currently she is a director at the Ministry of Culture and Sports and a Board Member of "The Agnon House" in Jerusalem. She has received many academic awards and grants for her writings.

Ben Mor

  • University of Haifa
  • University of Missouri

Dr. Mor is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa, where he also heads the MA Program in Peace and Conflict Management. He is the author of Crisis Decision and Interaction (Praeger, 1993) and co-author (with Zeev Maoz) of Bound by Struggle: The Strategic Evolution of Enduring International Rivalries (Michigan UP, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Peace Research, Review of International Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Foreign Policy Analysis, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Journal of Strategic Studies, and others. His recent work focuses on constructivist theory of public diplomacy, rhetorical bargaining, and crisis decision-making.

Ilai Saltzman

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Claremont McKenna College

Dr. Saltzman teaches international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds an M.A. in international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (magna cum laude) and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Haifa. Dr. Saltzman was a research fellow at the International Security Program (ISP), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He is the author of Securitizing Balance of Power Theory: A Polymorphic Reconceptualization (2012). Dr. Saltzman is currently working on projects dealing with cyber warfare, US-Russian relations, the rise of China and Soviet interwar grand strategy.

Noam Shoval

  • University of Pittsburgh

Prof. Shoval's main research interests are urban geography and planning, urban tourism and the implementation of advanced tracking technologies in various areas of spatial research such as tourism and urban studies and medicine. He has published two books and almost one hundred scientific publications. Prof. Shoval has led several international research projects including visitors' activities in Port Aventura Theme Park in the Costa Dorada of Spain, tourist time space activities Hong Kong, aging and cognitive decline in Germany and Israel and recently time space activities of cruise passengers in Palermo (Sicily).

Mohammad Wattad

  • Zefat College
  • University of California Irvine

Prof. Wattad is a legal scholar specializing in international and comparative criminal law, comparative constitutional law, international law and legal issues surrounding war, torture and terrorism.  He is a graduate of Haifa University School of Law, including studies as an exchange student at Oxford University. Prof. Wattad holds a Masters of Law degree from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds another Masters of Law from Columbia University, where he earned a Juris Doctorate as a Fulbright Scholar. Prof. Wattad completed post doctorate work as a Halbert Fellow of the Munk Center at the University of Toronto, where he was also a visiting scholar, and a Minerva Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. He is currently an assistant professor at Zefat College’s School of Law in Israel and editor-in-chief of the International Journal Medicine and Law.

Michael Weinstock

  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • University of California Los Angeles

Dr. Weinstock is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. After a few years as a high school history teacher, he studied for his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. His primary area of research concerns people’s understandings about the nature of knowledge and knowing with a particular focus on cross-cultural differences and variations within cultures. He has conducted research on Israeli army service and cultural values as factors in development of such conceptions of knowledge. He is currently studying the impact of social change on the development of values and conceptions of knowledge in communities in transition, including Arabs living in northern Israel, Bedouins, and Ethiopian Jews. As the chair of his university’s school psychology program, he has also directed special programs in school psychology for Arab, Bedouin, and ultra-Orthodox Jewish students

Rakefet Zalashik

  • Vanderbilt University

Dr. Zalashik received her Ph. D. in History from Tel-Aviv University in 2006, with a dissertation on the development of psychiatry in Palestine and Israel, 1892-1960.  Her work focuses on the history of psychiatry in Israel, Palestine and Germany; immigrant absorption and the integration of Holocaust survivors into Israeli society; the relationship between mental health and gender; and Israeli identity formation. She was a Dorot Post-Doctoral Fellow at New York University. Dr. Zalashik has held positions in the United States at the University of Virginia and in Germany at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg and the University of Potsdam’s Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies. She has received fellowships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, YIVO, and the University of Haifa’s Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society, among others. She is the author of two books and many journal articles.

Ido Zelkovitz

  • University of Haifa
  • University of Minnesota

Dr. Zelkovitz is a research fellow at the Ezri Centre for Iran and the Persian Gulf Studies. He also teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa. Dr. Zelkovitz received his PhD from the University of Haifa. Dr. Zelkovitz won the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Post-doctorate fellowship and in the academic year of 2011-2012 he was a postdoc research fellow in The Institute of Sociology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. Dr. Zelkovtiz is also a Member of Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies: an independent think tank that envisions a fresh start for Israel among the nations. His research, academic courses, and public lectures reflect a focus on cross-disciplinary analysis of Palestinian History and Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Israel’s geopolitical situation in the Middle East and the role of High Education and Students in Building National Identities in the Middle East. He is the author of two books and has been published in many respected peer reviewed academic journals such as Middle Eastern Studies, History of Education, Israel Affairs, and Ha-Mizrah Ha-Hadash.

Daniel Zisenwine

  • Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv)
  • US Naval Academy

Daniel Zisenwine is a research fellow at Tel Aviv University's Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. He also teaches modern North African history at the university's Department of Middle Eastern and African History and at the Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. His research focuses on modern North African history. Dr. Zisenwine is the author of The Emergence of Nationalist Politics in Morocco (I.B.Tauris, 2010) and co-edited, with Bruce Maddy Weitzman, The Maghrib in the New Century (University Press of Florida, 2007) and Mohammed VI's Morocco (Routledge, Forthcoming). Dr. Zisenwine was born in the U.S. and has lived in Israel since childhood. He received his Ph.D. in history from Tel Aviv University in 2005.