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Visiting Scholars


Lihi Lahat (Fall 2018) is a senior lecturer at Sapir Academic College in the Department of Administration and Public Policy. Her papers have been published in journals such as Policy Sciences and Social Policy and Administration. Her areas of research are perceptions of poverty, regulation of social services, public officials’ trust and collaborative governance.


Tali Tadmor Shimony (Spring 2018) is a senior lecturer of history of education at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.  She is a co-editor of Dor Ledor- Studies in the History of Jewish Education in Israel and the Diaspora. Her main interest cover issues of teachers identity; transfer of educational ideas from the western world to Hebrew education, gender and the Hebrew education; teachers identity and curriculum history.  


Eran Eldar (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017) completed his doctorate in Jewish history at Tel Aviv University. His thesis “The Urban Development of Tel Aviv in the Context of Inter-relations between Municipal and State Rule in the Twilight of the British Mandate and the First Decades of the State of Israel". His area of research is urbanization in Israel and Israeli society and politics in the 50s, 60s and 70s.


Gabriel Cavaglion (Summer 2016) was born in Italy and immigrated to Israel in 1978. He is a social worker, a certified Jungian psychotherapist and Associate Professor and Researcher in the School of Social Work and Department of Criminology at Ashkelon Academic College, Israel. His recent research focuses on social discourse, symbols archetypes, and issues related to cultural studies and social- cultural-religious deviance in Israeli society.

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Shawn Zelig Aster (Spring 2016) joined the Institute in March 2016.  He teaches Hebrew Bible and the history and geography of the Biblical period at Bar-Ilan University. He previously taught at Yeshiva University, and is the author of several studies examining the relationship between Biblical Israel and the surrounding cultures of the ancient Near East.


Ziv Rubinovitz 's (Winter - Spring 2016) research interests are divided in two: one is international security, within which he studies U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, and geopolitics and its place in the international security discipline. His other major research interest is Israel Studies, in which he studies aspects in Israel's foreign policy and specialize on the Israel-Egypt peace process and U.S.-Israel relations. During the current academic year as a Visiting Researcher at the Azrieli Institute, he will be studying the rise and decline of the autonomy plan, 1967-1982.


Yakub Halabi (2014-15) is an Arab-Israeli citizen. He finished his B.A and Master's degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in economics and international relations. Then he pursued Ph.D. degree in international relations at the University of Denver, Colorado. Dr. Halabi taught international relations between 2001-2010 at the University of Haifa and the Western Galilee College in Israel. In 2011 he joined the Political Science Department at Concordia University as LTA at the rank of Assistant Professor to teach international relations. Dr. Halabi has a major interest in democracy and democratic peace in the Middle East, political economy of the Middle East, and Israeli foreign policy, Israel-Palestine relations, and politics of the Palestinian Authority.


Ilan Danjoux is an affiliate assistant professor at the Azireli Institute of Israel Studies (2015-16 & 2016-2017). After receiving his doctorate from the University of Manchester, he joined the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a postdoctoral fellow where he used political cartoons to anticipate the outbreak of the Second Intifada. He later joined the University of Calgary as visiting professor of Israel Studies where he was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for courses on the History of Zionism and Narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His current research uses political cartoons to investigate Israel's reaction to terrorism, the role of emotions in International Relations and the cartoon’s ability to predict election results.  He is the author of Political Cartoons and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has contributed to Yedioth Ahronot, Zocalo Public Square, Jewish Museum of Vienna and the Israeli Cartoon Museum.


Alan Dowty (Spring 2015) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.  He is a graduate of Shimer College (B.A., 1959) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., History, 1963).  He has taught at the Hebrew University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Calgary, where he was the first holder of the Kahanoff Chair of Israel Studies, and has served as visiting professor at numerous universities including Oxford, Buffalo, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Shimer College.  He has published numerous books and articles on the Arab-Israel conflict, Israel, U.S. foreign policy, and other topics, including basic texts on Israeli politics and the Arab-Israel conflict. He has also served as President of the Association for Israel Studies (2005-2007).


Yitshak Cohen (Fall 2014) is an associate professor of law and senior faculty member at Ono Academic College, Israel. He was visiting scholar in Columbia Law School 2012- 2014. He was visiting professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada 10/2013. He graduated his LL.B. with excellence at Bar Ilan University. He was accepted to the direct LLM track and also graduated with excellence. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation in the framework of the Bar Ilan President's Program for Outstanding Students. His book was published in 2012, Ben-Gurion University Press. He received Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel. He specializes in family law, civil procedure and in Jewish Law. Twenty of his articles have been published in leading Israeli law journals and in US law journals, and four more are in the process of being refereed. He also serves as a visiting professor at the Hebrew University and as director for academic programs.

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