President, Association for Israel Studies

Dr. Donna Robinson Divine is currently serving as president of the Association for Israel Studies and as Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Government, Emerita, at Smith College. While at Smith, she taught a variety of courses on Middle East politics. Fluent in Hebrew, Arabic and Turkish, she has held visiting appointments at Yale, Harvard, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and several Fulbright grants.

Author of many scholarly articles on a variety of topics in Middle East history and politics, Divine has also written Women Living Change (Women in the Political Economy), essays from the Smith College Research Project on Women and Social Change; Politics and Society in Ottoman Palestine: The Arab Struggle for Survival and Power; and Postcolonial Theory and The Arab-Israeli Conflict. Her latest book is Exiled in the Homeland: Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine. Co-editor with S. Ilan Troen of a special issue of Israel Studies, she has written, most recently, on how Zionism is still a significant element in Israeli politics.

Named the Katharine Asher Engel lecturer at Smith College for the 2012–13 academic year in recognition of her scholarly achievements, she was also designated as Smith's Honored Professor for the excellence of her teaching.