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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. Sara Grayson, Adjunct Instructor and LRC Staff Assistant

  4. Rivka Peltier, Adjunct Instructor

  5. 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. area. She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Jewish Studies fr… More

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  6. 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

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 Affiliates

Philip Brenner: School of International Service
Erran Carmel: Kogod School of Business, Information Technology
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
Calvin Goldscheider: College of Arts and Sciences, Israel Studies
Gershon Greenberg: College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy and Religion
Jill Klein: Kogod School of Business, Executive in Residence
Alan Kraut: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
Lisa Leff: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
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
Saul Newman: School of Public Affairs, Government
Scott Parker: College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
David Rosenbloom: School of Public Affairs, Public Administration and Policy
Herman SchwartzWashington College of Law 
Maina Singh, School of International Service
Jeffrey Sosland: School of Professional & Extended Studies, Global Economics and Business
Thomas Zeitzoff: School of Public Affairs, Department of Justice, Law & Criminology


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Laura Katz Cutler
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