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Israel Studies Directory

Director

Paul Scham

Associate Research Professor, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Associate Research Professor, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

4123E H.J. Patterson Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-9412

Former Director

Yoram Peri

Professor Emeritus, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Professor Emeritus, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

4123 H.J. Patterson Hall
College Park MD, 20742

Faculty

Shirelle Doughty

Lecturer, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Lecturer, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

Shay Hazkani

Assistant Professor, History
Assistant Professor, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies

4123 Susquehanna Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-3693

Scott Lasensky

Lecturer, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Lecturer, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

4123B H.J. Patterson Hal
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5367

Yoram Peri

Professor Emeritus, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Professor Emeritus, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

4123 H.J. Patterson Hall
College Park MD, 20742

Ilai Saltzman

Visiting Lecturer, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Visiting Lecturer, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

4123C H.J. Patterson Hall
College Park MD, 20742

Paul Scham

Associate Research Professor, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Associate Research Professor, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

4123E H.J. Patterson Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-9412

Visiting Faculty

Elia Etkin

Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Lecturer, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

Elie Friedman

Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Lecturer, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

Gabriel Weimann

Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Visiting Professor, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

Graduate Students

Thair Ras

Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Graduate Student, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

Shalom Rosenberg

PhD Candidate, English
Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Graduate Student, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

1128 Tawes Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-3825

Moran Stern

Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Graduate Student, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

Staff

Jaclyn Hopkins

Business Manager, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Business Manager, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

4145 Susquehanna Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-4720

Avis Koeiman

Coordinator, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies
Coordinator, The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

4123G H.J. Patterson Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-9413

Related Faculty

Michael Friedman

Assistant Research Professor of Physical Cultural Studies, Department of Kinesiology

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2008; M.A. in Sports Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 2000; B.A. in History, Tufts University, 1992

Michael Friedman is an assistant research professor of physical cultural studies in the Department of Kinesiology. His research interests include: the cultural geography of sport and physical activity, particularly relating to urban governance and public policy, urban redevelopment and sporting landscapes.

Dr. Friedman teaches the following courses:

  • KNES 293: History of Sport in America (3 credits)
  • KNES 497: Sport and the City (3 credits)

Dr. Friedman’s research focuses on the relationship between sport and governance in the postindustrial city with a perspective informed by cultural studies and cultural geography. By examining sports facilities such as stadiums and arenas, he is concerned with the ways in which space expresses and (re)produces power relationships, social identities and societal structures. His research has been honored by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport as he won the 2008 Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award. He has been published in the Sociology of Sport Journal, Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Sport History and Economic Development Quarterly.

Dr. Friedman’s Curriculum Vitae

mtfried@umd.edu

Jeffrey Herf

Distinguished University Professor, Department of History

Ph.D., Brandeis 1980; M.A. in History, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1971; B.A. in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1969. Phi Betta Kappa.

Jeffrey Herf studies the intersection of ideas and politics in modern European history, specializing in 20th century Germany. He has published extensively on Germany during the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and on West and East Germany during the Cold War. In November 2009, Yale University Press published his book “Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World.” It examines the Third Reich’s efforts to diffuse its ideology to North Africa and the Middle East during World War II. “The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust” (Harvard, 2006) examined the Nazi regime’s translation of radical anti-Semitism into the conspiracy theory that shaped its public narrative of World War II and its equally public defense of a policy of “exterminating” Europe’s Jews. “Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich” (Cambridge, 1984) interpreted the simultaneous embrace of modern technology and rejection of liberal modernity by right-wing intellectuals. The work became a standard and has been published in Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish translations. “/War By Other Means: Soviet Power, West German Resistance and the Battle of the Euromissiles/” (Free Press, 1991) was a study of the connection between changing political culture within West Germany and the dispute over nuclear weapons between the Soviet Union and the Western Alliance during the 1980s. “Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys” (Harvard, 1997) traced the varieties of memory and avoidance about the Holocaust offered by West and East German political figures from the 1940s through the 1990s. It was one of the first works to make extensive use of the then recently opened East German Communist Party and government archives. It was a co-winner of the Fraenkel Prize of the Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library in London in 1996. In 1998 it received the George Lewis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association.

Dr. Herf’s website

jherf@umd.edu

Edy Kaufman

Senior Research Scientist at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM)

Ph.D. University of Paris (Sorbonne); M.A. & B.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Edward (Edy) Kaufman completed his B.A. in sociology and political science and M.A. in international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his doctoral dissertation at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He is a senior researcher at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management and its former director and held earlier similar positions in the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University. In the last years, he has been teaching at the Department of Government and Politics of the University of Maryland and in the Government and Diplomacy Program of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlyiah. At University of Haifa’s International School, he will be the resident director of the new “Maryland-in-Haifa” program starting Spring 2010 and teach the core course “Cleavages in Israel – and the Search of Solutions.” He has authored and co-authored 14 books and more than 60 articles in the general area of international relations, with an emphasis on human rights and conflict resolution topics, and a regional specialization on Latin America and the Middle East. Dr. Kaufman has taught in leading institutions of higher learning in Israel and worldwide, as well as conducted workshops and lectured in over 40 countries and 50 North American universities.

Curriculum Vitae

ekaufman@cidcm.umd.edu

Arie Kruglanski

Distinguished University Professor, Department of Psychology;

Researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Ph.D., 1968, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., 1967, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., 1966, University of Toronto, Canada.

Arie Kruglanski is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. Throughout his career as a social psychologist, his interests have centered on how people form judgments, beliefs, impressions and attitudes and what consequences this has for their interpersonal relations, their interaction in groups and their feelings about various “out groups.” In connection with these interests he has formulated a theory of lay epistemics (Kruglanski, 1989) that specified how thought and motivation interface in the formation of subjective knowledge.

The work on lay epistemics has branched the major in several directions, including:(1) research on epistemic motivations, need for cognitive closure in particular (2) a unified conception of the parameters of human judgment that offers an integrative alternative (known as the “unimodel”) to previous theorizing in a variety of social judgment domains (having to do with persuasion, stereotyping, attribution and statistical reasoning among others) and (3) a “motivation as cognition” research program that resulted in the recent theory of goal systems.

Dr. Kruglanski’s interest in motivation has also led to a fruitful collaboration with Tory Higgins on (4) the regulatory mode theory in which people distinguish between two fundamental aspects of self-regulation having to do with “locomotion” (encapsulated in the “just do it” dictum) and “assessment” (representing a concern with “doing the right thing”).

Dr. Kuglanski’s Website

kruglanski@gmail.com

Mark Lichbach

Professor and Chair, Department of Government and Politics

Ph.D., 1978, Northwestern University; M.A., 1975, Brown University; B.A., 1973, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Mark Lichbach is professor and chair of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland.A theorist interested in social choice and a comparativist interested in globalization, Dr. Lichbach explores the connections between collective action theories and political conflict as well as the connections between collective choice theories and democratic institutions. He is the author or editor of many books, including the award-winning “The Rebel’s Dilemma,” and of numerous articles that have appeared in scholarly journals in political science, economics and sociology. His work has been supported by NSF and private foundations.

Dr. Lichbach, who was book review editor of the American Political Science Review (1994-2001), served as chair of two other political science departments: the University of Colorado (1995-1998) and the University of California-Riverside (1998-2001).

mlichbac@umd.edu

David Segal

Professor, Department of Sociology; Director of the Center for Research on Military Organization at the University of Maryland

Ph.D., 1967, University of Chicago; M.A., 1963, University of Chicago; B.A., 1962, Harpur College

David Segal is Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, professor of sociology, director of the Center for Research on Military Organization and faculty affiliate in the Department of Government and Politics, the School of Public Affairs and the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland. Visiting appointments include James K. Pollock Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Bonn (1971), guest scholar at the Brookings Institution (1981-84), guest scientist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (1982-1990), distinguished lecturer (1996) and distinguished visiting professor (1988-89) at the United States Military Academy, and S.L.A. Marshall Chair at the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Institute, the Ford Foundation and the Rose Foundation.

dsegal@umd.edu

Shibley Telhami

Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he taught at several universities, including Cornell University, the Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, Princeton University, Columbia University, Swarthmore College and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in political science.

sadat@umd.edu

Peter Wien

Associate Professor of Modern Middle East and North Africa, Department of History

Ph.D., 2003, University of Bonn, Germany; M.A., 2000, University of Oxford.

Peter Wien is an associate professor for Middle Eastern history. He has previously taught at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and was a fellow of the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies in Berlin. In 2006, Routledge published his book “Iraqi Arab Nationalism: Authoritarian, Totalitarian and Pro-Fascist Inclinations, 1932-1941.” Dr. Wien’s research interest is in the role of nationalism and religion in the transformation of modern Arab societies in general, and Iraq and Morocco in particular.

pwien@umd.edu

Madeline Zilfi

Professor of Middle East, Ottoman, Islamic, modern Turkey, Department of History

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976

Madeline Zilfi specializes in Middle Eastern and Islamic history during the last centuries of the Ottoman Empire, including the transition to the modern states of the Middle East. Her written research focuses on the period from the 1680s to the 1830s, particularly with regard to urban culture and social and religious movements, law and legal practice, slavery and freedom and women’s experience.

Dr. Zilfi is the author of “The Politics of Piety: The Ottoman Ulema in the Post-Classical Age” (1988) and editor of “Women in the Ottoman Empire: Middle Eastern Women in the Early Modern Middle East” (1997). She is also an associate editor of the six-volume work, Europe 1450-1789:  Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, ed. Jonathan Dewald (2003). She has written on Islamic revivalist movements, divorce and family relationships in Islamic law and Ottoman-era practice, sumptuary regulation and patterns of consumption, cultural conflict in the early 18thcentury Tulip Era and slavery and domestic labor. Her article, “The Kadizadelis:  Discordant Revivalism in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul” (Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 1986), won the Turkish Studies Association’s award for best article in 1986-87.

Her most recent book, “Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire,” a study of slavery, gender and imperial ideology in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, has been published by Cambridge University Press (2010).

Dr. Zilfi’s courses include “History of the Ottoman Empire”; “Women and Society in the Middle East”; “Islam in Europe”; “Orientalist Visions and the History of the Middle East”; “The Ottoman Empire and the Making of the Modern Middle East”; “Nationalism and Nation-Building in the Middle East”; and “Islamic Civilization.” Her graduate courses include special topics courses on Ottoman-era politics, society and gender issues as well as the “General Seminar in Middle East History” and “Social and Intellectual Movements in Early Modern and Modern Middle Eastern History.”

mzilfi@umd.edu