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

Morad El Sana Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Elsana is an adjunct professor at the American University. Prior, he served as a professor of Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Humanitarian Law. Dr. Elsa

Jeffrey Sosland Assistant Professor SIS - School of International Service

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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Lauren Strauss Scholar in Residence and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Jewish Studies

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 Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Guy Ziv is an associate professor in the School of International Service's U.S. Foreign Policy Program. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on U.S. foreign policy, international neg

Emerita/us Faculty

Richard Breitman Distinguished Prof Emeritus

Richard Breitman is the author or co-author of twelve books and many articles in German history, US history, and the Holocaust. His books The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution (Ne

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

Erran Carmel Professor KSB - Information Technology

Professor Carmel teaches Information Technology (I.T.). He is currently working on a number of research areas: Digital Health Passports; cybersecurity industry clusters; quantum industry clusters; t

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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 Executive in Residence KSB - Kogod School of Business

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 Professor Academic Affairs, Office of

Lisa Leff is a historian of European and Jewish history, specializing in the history of Jews in France. She is the author of Sacred Bonds of Solidarity: The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in Nineteen

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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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