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  1. Michael Brenner, Distinguished Historian in Residence and Director, Center for Israel Studies

    CAS - History

    Michael Brenner is the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and directs AU’s Center for Israel Studies. He received his PhD at Columbia University and taught previously at Indiana and Brandeis Universities. Since 1997 he has been Prof… More

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    (202) 885-2752

  1. Dan Arbell, Scholar in Residence

    Dan Arbell, a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Israeli Studies at AU, is a 25 year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service, serving in senior posts overseas in the UN, the US and Japan, and holding senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Aff… More

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  2. Boaz Atzili, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Boaz Atzili is the Director of the SIS Doctoral Program. He is a political scientist who researches and teaches international politics. His interest is in international security with an emphasis on the politics of borders and territoriality, dete… More

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    (202) 885-1648

  3. Thomas Zeitzoff, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Dr. Thomas Zeitzoff is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2013, and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. His research e… More

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  4. Guy Ziv, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Guy Ziv is an assistant professor in the School of International Service's U.S. Foreign Policy Program. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, and international negotiations. His curren… More

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    (202) 885-3147

Calvin Goldscheider
Scholar in Residence
Dr. Calvin Goldscheider joined the American University faculty as a Polinger Scholar in Residence in fall 2006 and returns this fall to guide and mentor students, work with faculty, and advise the Center for Israel Studies. Dr. Goldscheider is an internationally renowned scholar in Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, sociology, and demography. He retired from a distinguished career at Brown University, where he was Professor of Sociology, Ungerleider Professor of Judaic Studies, and faculty associate of the Population Studies and Training Center. He earned his PhD at Brown University and was formerly professor of sociology and demography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and chairman of its Department of Demography. Goldscheider has also held faculty appointments at the University of Southern California, the University of California at Berkeley, and Brandeis University and was a senior Fulbright research scholar and visiting professor at the Center for Women's Studies at Stockholm University. Author or editor of 25 books, he includes among his most recent publications Israel's Changing Society (2002); Cultures and Conflict: The Arab-Israeli Conflict (2002); Studying the Jewish Future (2004); and A Typical Extraordinary Jew: From Tarnow to Jerusalem (2011), coauthored with Jeffrey Green.


Emerita & Emeritus Faculty

  1. Myra Sklarew, Professor Emerita

    Myra Sklarew was educated at Tufts University and the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. She studied bacterial viruses and genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Biological Laboratory with Salvador Luria and Max Delbruck and conducted research on … More

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  2. Russell Stone, Professor Emeritus

    Russell A. Stone has research and teaching interests that include development, public opinion, social change, Middle Eastern and Third World societies, and environmental sociology. He has published on social change in Israel and the Middle East, and … More

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  3. Howard Wachtel, Professor Emeritus


  1. Laura Cutler, Managing Director, Center for Israel Studies

    CAS - Israel Studies, Center for

    Laura Katz Cutler is Managing Director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University. A former commercial banker with Wells Fargo Bank, Ms. Cutler is a community activist and active member of the Washington, DC, Jewish community, where she … More

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    (202) 885-3780


Faculty Advisory Committee

Boaz Atzili: School of International Service
Erran Carmel: Kogod School of Business, Information Technology
Alan Kraut: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
Robert Lerman: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics
Alan Levine: School of Public Affairs, Government
Richard Linowes: Kogod School of Business, Management
Pamela Nadell: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, Jewish Studies
Herman Schwartz: Washington College of Law

Faculty Affiliates

Lynn Addington: School of Public Affairs, Justice Law and Society
Richard Breitman: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
Philip Brenner: School of International Service
Yaniv Dinur: College of Arts and Sciences, Performing Arts
Frank DuBois: Kogod School of Business, International Business
Amos Golan: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics
Gershon Greenberg: College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy and Religion
Jill Klein: Kogod School of Business, Executive in Residence
Saul Newman: School of Public Affairs, Government
Scott Parker: College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
Naima Prevots: College of Arts and Sciences, Performing Arts, Emeritus
David Rosenbloom: School of Public Affairs, Public Administration and Policy
Myra Sklarew, College of Arts and Sciences, Literature, Emeritus
Maina Singh, School of International Service
Jeffrey Sosland: School of Professional & Extended Studies, Global Economics and Business
Stanley Weiss: College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
Howard Wachtel: College of Arts and Sciences: Department of Economics, Emeritus
Thomas Zeitzoff: School of Public Affairs, Department of Justice, Law & Criminology
Guy Ziv: School of International Service

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