Faculty

   

Dr. Idit Alphandary is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Literature and the Interdisciplinary Program of the Arts at Tel Aviv University. She is the editor of Between Crisis and Empowerment: Interdisciplinary Essays on Women and Gender (2017), and co-editor of Democracy, Dialogue, Memory: Expression and Affect Beyond Consensus (2019). Her research in World Culture focuses on forgiveness and resentment in cultures of mass atrocity refracted through studies of literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, film and the arts.

   

Dr. Amichai Amit (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2018) is a postdoctoral fellow in the Philosophy department at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on practical rationality, the foundation of value, and virtue ethics. He also has a strong interest in the history of philosophy; especially in the ethical works of Kant, Hegel and Aristotle.

   

Dr. Rony Berger is a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist. He is a clinical psychologist and an internationally expert in dealing with the psychological preparation for and aftermath major disasters as well as prejudice-reduction among ethnic groups in conflict. Dr. Berger is the co-director of the Center of Compassionate Mindful Education at Tel Aviv University as well as on the faculty of the Stress, Crisis and Trauma program at Tel Aviv University. He is also on the on the advisory board of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

   

Dr. Deborah Bergman Deitcher is a graduate of the City University of New York doctoral program in Educational Psychology - Learning, Development, and Instruction. Her research focuses on early language and literacy development, particularly book genres and shared book reading. She has been teaching on the International B.A. program since 2015.

   

Dr. Rona Cohen holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Tel Aviv University. Her research interests and publications are in the areas of aesthetics, psychoanalysis, philosophy of death and the problem of the body in continental philosophy. http://telaviv.academia.edu/RonaCohen

   

Prof. Uri S. Cohen is a Senior Lecturer at Tel Aviv University, where he teaches Hebrew and Italian literature. He served on the faculty of MESAAS at Columbia University 2004-2011 and moved to Tel Aviv through an award from the Yad Hanadiv foundation.

   

Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak is a scholar of modern Turkey. He is a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies and at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Research at Tel Aviv University, and a lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Shalem College. He is the editor of the journal Turkeyscope: Insights on Turkish Affairs, and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize for Macro History scholarship. His fields of interest include contemporary Turkish politics, Turkish foreign policy, social media in Turkey, Turkish textbooks, and Turkish minorities.

   

Dr. Yoni Furas is a scholar of modern Middle Eastern and Palestinian history, with particular interest in the history of late Ottoman and mandate Palestine, the sociology of Arab knowledge and cultural aspects of the Palestinian-Zionist conflict. Yoni’s first book, Write Down! We are a Nation: Musa Kazim al-Husayni, a Political Biography was published in Hebrew in 2017 by Tel-Aviv University Press, the Dayan Center.

   

Dr. Noa Gedi teaches a wide spectrum of topics in philosophy, social theory, and culture theory, with a special emphasis on conceptual analysis; she is an interdisciplinary researcher, the author of The Pendulum of Meaning (2017), and currently working with historian Yigal Elam on a new theory of culture.

   

Dr. Naftally Israeli is a member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and a supervisor clinical psychologist. He works and teaches psychology and psychoanalysis in Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University and The Open University. His 2019 book Emotional Language integrates philosophy and psychoanalysis in order to reveal the ways language and experience affect each other.

   

Dr. Inbar Kaminsky holds an M.A. (valedictorian, cum laude) and Ph.D. in English Literature from Tel Aviv University. Her research interests are narrative theory, digital culture and posthumanism. She has published several peer-reviewed articles via various academic platforms and is currently working on her book, Posthuman Narratology, Aesthetics and Ethics: The Crises of Visual Culture. www.linkedin.com/in/inbar-kaminsky/

   

Dr. Lisa Law completed training in Clinical Psychology in London, including specialisation in psychoanalytic and systemic family therapies at the Tavistock Clinic in 2003. Since 2005, she has taught a range of B.A. and M.A. courses at various universities, including psychopathology, cognitive, critical and personality psychology, psychotherapies, working with diversity and the psychology of wellbeing. Special interests include issues of difference, social inequality and cultural sensitivity; critique of traditional psychiatry; and refugee needs. In addition, she runs a private clinic and an integrative psychotherapy academic forum.

   

Dr. Gid’on Lev studied philosophy and psychology. He has published two books: llove (Matar, 2015) and Truth Love Faith: A psychoanalytic and historic look on the meaning of life (Carmel, 2018). His research interests include psychoanalysis, romantic relationships and spirituality, and the connections between them. Gid’on works as a clinical psychologist in private practice.

   

Dr. Elisheva Machlis has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and an M.A. from Tel Aviv University. She holds a two-year post-doctoral fellowship from the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University and a post-doc fellowship from the Truman Center for Peace Studies at Hebrew University.

   

Dr. Yael Maurer teaches in the English and American Studies department at Tel Aviv University and on the Digital Culture and Communications track. Her research and teaching areas include postmodern fiction, science fiction, postcolonial fiction and urban studies. She has recently co-edited the volume Cityscapes of the Future. Her book, The Science Fiction Dimensions of Salman Rushdie, was published in 2014.

   

Dr. Ofer Nordheimer Nur teaches on the Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities and the NCJW Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Tel Aviv University. Primarily a historian, he received his Ph.D. in 2004 from the department of history at UCLA. His book, Eros and Tragedy: Jewish Male Fantasies and the Masculine Revolution of Zionism was published in 2014. Dr. Nur is currently working on the ways in which cyberspace changes the genre of pornography. His next project is an LGBTQ history of the Yishuv and the state of Israel since the rise of political Zionism until c.1980.

   

Dr. Elisabeth Oppenheimer studied philosophy in Belgium and in the United States. Her research focuses on medieval philosophy and ethics. She teaches a wide range of topics related to ethics, as well as metaphysics, medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion.

   

Dr. Joel Parker is currently a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies where he specializes in the contemporary history of Syria and Lebanon. His research focuses on the origins of the Ba'th Party, youth movements, nationalism, and the Syrian Uprising since 2011. twitter.com/J_d_parker

   

Prof. Robert Rockaway received his Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan. He taught at the University of Michigan and University of Texas before moving to Israel in 1971. Since then, he has been a member of the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, where he is a professor emeritus. He has taught Modern Jewish History in the overseas student program since 1971. He has authored several books on Jews in America as well as numerous articles on American history, American Jewish history, and modern Jewish history.

   

Dr. Ori Rotlevy is a scholar of the history of modern philosophy and of continental philosophy. His current research in ethics and political philosophy focuses on the interrelations between the concepts of freedom, tradition and resistance in thinkers including Kant, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, Marx, Walter Benjamin, and Michel Foucault. huji.academia.edu/OriRotlevy

   

Dr. Adrian Sackson holds a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in Jewish philosophy from Tel Aviv University, and a B.A from Monash University. He has taught college, gap-year, and high-school students in several countries, and spent a year working for a local human rights organisation in India. His research interests include medieval philosophy, early modern philosophy, modern Jewish thought, American pragmatism, and philosophy of ethics. He is the author of Joseph Ibn Kaspi: Portrait of a Hebrew Philosopher in Medieval Provence (Brill, 2017).

   

Professor Miri Shefer-Mossensohn is an Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History. She is an Ottomanist focusing on medicine, health and wellbeing in the Arabic- and Turkish-speaking Middle East. Her latest book, Science among the Ottomans (University of Texas Press, 2015) has been translated into Arabic (Algiers and Beirut, 2018) and Turkish (Istanbul, 2019).

   

Dr. Robin Shochat Bagon has been teaching on the Liberal Arts program since 2014. His classes have included Posthumanism, Aesthetics of Digital Literature, Critical Thinking, Critical Theory, Film and Postmodernism and Academic Writing. He is particularly interested in Jacques Derrida’s thinking on nonhuman animals and has written on the representation of nonhumans in literature. He is also the academic advisor to the program. 

   

Dr. Alana Siegel is a psychologist. She completed an undergraduate degree at Cornell University with Honors in Human Development; a Masters in International Affairs at Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris; a doctorate in Clinical and School Child Psychology at Yeshiva University; and postdoctoral fellowships at Bar-Ilan University and Tel Aviv University. Dr. Siegel can be reached at dralanasiegel@gmail.com and her website is www.DrAlanaSiegel.com.

   

Dr. Itay Snir specializes in continental philosophy, philosophy of education, political philosophy and metaphysics. He teaches at Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and The Open University of Israel. 

   

Professor Asher Susser is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and a Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at TAU. He was the Director of the Dayan Center for twelve years and taught for over thirty five years in TAU’s Department of Middle Eastern History. 

   

Dr. Carmel L. Vaisman is a digital culture researcher and lecturer. Her interests include critical reading of futuristic technological discourses, and the religious aspects of technology. Her first book, Hebrew On-Line (Keter books, 2011) co-authored with linguist Ilan Gonen, deals with aspects of language change and digital discourse. She is currently working on her next book in English titled “Posthumanism in Everyday Life.” Vaisman is trained as an anthropologist and earned her Ph.D. in communications from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2010. absolutecarmel.com

   

Dr. Martin Wein teaches history, has published widely in various languages, and specializes on interreligious and international relations. He is also a startup enterpreneur and an advocate of Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s independent sovereignty, as a liberal, democratic, multireligious city-state.

   

 

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