Israel Studies Faculty and Staff


Michael Brenner Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and Director, Center for Israel Studies CAS - History

Michael Brenner is the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and Director of AU’s Center for Israel Studies. He received his PhD at Columbia University and taught previously at Indiana

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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 holdi

Boaz Atzili Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Boaz Atzili 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, de

Lauren Strauss Scholar in Residence

Dr. Lauren B. Strauss is a professor of modern Jewish history, specializing in American Jewish cultural and political history. She has taught for twenty years at universities in the Washington, D.C. a

Guy Ziv Assistant Professor SIS - School of International 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 Middl

Emerita/us Faculty

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

Russell Stone Prof 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


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 o

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Affiliate Faculty 

Harold Schwar

Philip Brenner Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Philip Brenner has published widely on U.S./Cuba relations, U.S./Latin American relations, contemporary U.S. foreign policy, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. His most recent book is Cuba Libre: A 500

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Erran Carmel Professor KSB - Information Technology

Professor Carmel teaches Information Technology (I.T.). He researches the globalization of technology work: crowdsourcing, impact sourcing, global software teams, offshore outsourcing, He also leads

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Frank DuBois Associate Professor KSB - International Business

Professor DuBois is Associate Professor of International Business and Chair of the International Business Department. His research focus is in global supply chain management, customs facilitation, cou

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Amos Golan Professor CAS - Economics

Amos Golan directs the Info-Metrics Institute at AU. His main area of research is information, information processing and optimal decision rules based on efficient use of information (Info-Metrics).

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Calvin Goldscheider Scholar in Residence in History and Jewish Studies

Dr. Calvin Goldscheider joined the American University faculty as a Polinger Scholar in Residence in fall 2006 and returns this fall to work with faculty, and advise the Center for Israel Studies. Dr.

Gershon Greenberg Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Gershon Greenberg is the author of three definitive bibliographies of religious thought and the Holocaust, and numerous articles on German-Jewish philosophy, history of Jewish thought in America and r

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Jill Klein Interim Dean, School of Professional and Extended Studies School of Prof and Extd Studies

In June 2018, Professor Klein was appointed Interim Dean of the School of Professional & Extended Studies, where she will continue the legacy of delivering cutting-edge, expert-driven higher education

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Alan Kraut Distinguished Professor CAS - History

Alan M. Kraut is University Professor of History at American University and a non-resident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Specializing in immigration and ethnic history and the history of m

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Lisa Leff Acting Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost Academic Affairs, Office of

Lisa Leff is a historian of 19th and 20th century Europe whose research focuses on Jews in France. Her first book, Sacred Bonds of Solidarity (Stanford UP, 2006), examines the rise of Jewish internati

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Pamela Nadell Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History CAS - History

Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History and is Director of the Jewish Studies Program. A specialist in American Jewish history and women’s history, she teaches

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Saul Newman Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education SPA - Government

Saul Newman is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in 1989 from the Department of Politics, Pri

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Scott Parker Prof Emeritus

Scott Parker began teaching at American University in 1974 and retired in 2017. His primary research activities were in psychophysics, sensory psychology, research methods, and data analysis.

David Rosenbloom Distinguished Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Rosenbloom specializes in constitutional-administrative law, administrative theory, history, reform, and personnel management. A major contributor to

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Maina Chawla Singh Scholar in Residence SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Maina Chawla Singh has lectured widely at international institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, Michigan, Indiana, Brandeis, and at the Library of Congress. She was Scholar-in-Res

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Jeffrey Sosland Assistant Professor School of Prof and Extd Studies

Areas of Expertise: Water Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Experiential Learning - Internships and Higher Education The focus of Dr. Jeffrey Sosland's teaching is international business, global

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Thomas Zeitzoff Associate 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 postdocto