Faculty, Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Nechumi Yaffe is a faculty member in the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University. She completed her postdoctoral research at Princeton University affiliated with the Daniel Kahneman Center of Behavioral Science and Public Policy, and the University Center for Human Values. Nechumi’s research examines, from a social psychology perspective, how identity, social norms, and authority play a role in creating and preserving poverty. Her work focuses on the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) communities in Israel and USA. Before entering her doctoral program, she was an advisor for the Haredi educational system; she wrote the new curriculum in history and the history textbook used by all Israeli Haredi high schools. Nechumi earned a Ph.D. in political science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is the first woman from Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community to achieve this position.