Emeritus Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Colin Shindler is Emeritus Professor and the first Professor of Israel Studies in the United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in the UK. His first career was lecturing in chemistry while editing the Jewish Quarterly. He has taught numerous courses at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and his research interests include Israel and the far left in Europe as well as the history and evolution of the Israeli right. He is the author of nine books relating to Israel, including Israel and the European Left: Between Solidarity and Delegitimisation (2012), Israel, Likud and the Zionist Dream (1995) and The Triumph of Military Zionism: Nationalism and the Origins of the Israeli Right (2006). An updated second edition of his History of Modern Israel was published in December 2012. He edited Israel and the World Powers – a collection of essays by international scholars – and this was published in 2014. Cambridge University Press published his latest book, The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron in 2015. He has also written for the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian and Ha’aretz. He is the founding chair of the European Association of Israel Studies. Professor Shindler holds an M.Sc. from the University of North London and a Ph.D. from Middlesex University.