Israel’s arts scene is one of the most vibrant in the world. By presenting Israeli art, music, film, dance and literature to an international audience, the Israel Institute showcases an important aspect of modern Israel that few people get to see firsthand, and fosters the deeper understanding of Israel that the Institute is committed to inspiring.

The Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist Program,
2016-2017

Nineteen prominent Israeli artists will be in residence at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Europe for the 2016-2017 academic year, among them filmmakers, choreographers, musicians, and visual artists. 

 

The artists will come as part of the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist Program. Celebrated in a variety of disciplines, the artists will spend a semester teaching and presenting their work to audiences in local communities through classes, exhibitions and performances. 

The 2016-2017 Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists include:

2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Yehonatan Abramson’s dissertation focuses on state-led diaspora engagement to explore the ways states change the boundaries of the imagined...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Abu-Rabia earned her Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from Ben-Gurion University. An anthropologist specializing in gender in the Middle East, her...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Anziska earned his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Specializing in United States-Middle East history and the Arab-Israeli Conflict...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Ariel earned her Ph.D. through the direct track at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program of the Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University....

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Gilat Bachar's dissertation examines the unique legal mechanism by which Palestinian civilians bring claims for damages before Israeli civil...

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Kathrin Bachleitner's dissertation studies how interpretations of history determine diplomacy, using diplomatic relations between Germany/Austria...

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2017 Research Grant Recipient

Research Topic: The Impact of Judicial Review on Constitutional Debates in the Legislative Processes of the Prevention of...

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2016 Research Grant Recipient
Musician and Composer, Florida State University, Spring 2017

A composer, pianist and ethnomusicologist, Ben Sira is recognized as a global musician. His 2015 album, Ben Sira, was hailed as one of the 10 best...

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Choreographer, Kennesaw State University, Fall 2016

A choreographer, Ben-Aharon has a particular interest in multidisciplinary collaboration with such fields as architecture and video. Her work has...

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2015-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Moran Benit's dissertation examines Ronit Matalon's journey of becoming a Mizrahi writer and Israeli intellectual, as well as her female fictional...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

(Fall 2016 Only)

Yuval Benziman is a returning visiting professor from IDC Herzliya and Tel Aviv University, in the field of Israel Studies...

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2016 Research Grant Recipient
2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Leora Bilsky is a law professor from Tel Aviv University (TAU), specializing in law after the Holocaust; political trials; transitional justice;...

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Choreographer, UCLA, Spring 2017

Biniamini, a choreographer whose work has been performed internationally, was a dancer with the renowned Batsheva Dance Company, touring...

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2015-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Matan Boord's dissertation examines the concepts of masculinity and family among urban members of the Zionist labor movement in Mandate Palestine...

2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Oded Brosh is a political scientist from IDC Herzliya who specializes in security studies, specifically nuclear politics, strategy, deterrence,...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Denis Charbit is a political scientist from Israel's Open University, specializing in intellectual and cultural history (France, 20th...

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Gökhan Çinkara's dissertation examines Israel's Labor Party as an embodiment of the concepts of state, democracy, and class.

2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Katarzyna Czerwonogóra's dissertation studies transnational paths of emancipation of Zionist women.

2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

(Spring 2017 Only)

Niva Elkin-Koren is a law professor from the University of Haifa, specializing in law and technology; law and cyber...

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2015-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Elmaliach earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. Specializing in Israeli history and the kibbutz...

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2015-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Elmaliach earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. Specializing in Israeli history and the kibbutz...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Elsana earned his S.J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law. Previously, he served as Staff Attorney and Director at the...

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Choreographer, Reed College, Spring 2017

Erez has been creating and performing her own choreography in Israel and abroad, most recently at the Venice Biennale in 2014. For seven years she...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Formerly the Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican and Ireland, Zion Evrony lectures on human rights and Christan-Jewish relations. His publications...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

(Spring 2017 Only)

Jackie Feldman is an anthropologist from Ben-Gurion University, specializing in the anthropology of religion, pilgrimage...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Yoav Gelber, a historian from IDC Herzliya and the University of Haifa (Professor Emeritus), specializes in Jewish history and the history of the...

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Filmmaker, Emory University, Spring 2017

Filmmaker Gilady’s first feature, Wedding Doll, won two of the nine Israeli Film Academy awards for which it was nominated in...

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2015-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Niva Golan-Nadir's dissertation is entitled, Marriage Regulation in Israel and Turkey in the lenses of New Institutionalism: The Interplay...

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Avner Golov's dissertation is entitled, The Dark Side of Extended Deterrence: The Protégé's Deterrence Hedging in Alliance Warfare.

2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Greene earned his Ph.D. in Politics and Middle East Studies from University College London. He specializes in Israel Studies and British...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Guzansky earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Haifa. Formerly, he served as the Director for...

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Poet, Caltech, Spring 2017

Hadas has achieved international recognition for his work, which lives on the border between art and technology, combining poetry...

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Actor, San Diego State University, Spring 2017

Ivgy starred most recently in “Zero Motivation,” which won Best Narrative Feature and the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film...

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2016 Research Grant Recipient
Composer, University of Virginia, Fall 2016

Kiki Keren-Huss is a composer and sound artist who often works with visual artists and choreographers. She frequently incorporates everyday sounds...

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2017 Research Grant Recipient
Media Artist, UCLA, Spring 2017

Initially trained at the Royal Conservatory, The Netherlands, in music composition and new media, Landau is a multidisciplinary artist...

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2015-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Einat Lavee is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Poverty...

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2016-2017 Teaching Fellow

Ned Lazarus is a professor of international relations, specializing in conflict resolution, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and peace education...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Lehrs earned his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Specializing in conflict resolution, Dr. Lehrs'...

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2016 Research Grant Recipient

Research Topic: Belonging and Un-belonging through Religion: The case of religious transformation among post-Soviet immigrants in Israel...

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Geoffrey Levin's dissertation studies American encounters with Arab minority populations in Israel, between 1949 and 1966.

2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Levin-Banchik earned her Ph.D. in International Relations from Bar-Ilan University. Specializing in the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the study of...

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Aviad Levy’s dissertation focuses on the emotional sides of...

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2017-2018 Teaching Fellow

Gershon Lewental is the Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at the Department of...

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Erez Maggor's dissertation investigates how states foster economic development by initiating the creation of new industries. His work examines the...

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2016-2017 Israel Research Intern
2016-2017 Visiting Faculty in China

Kobi Michael, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), specializes in conflict management and security...

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2017 Research Grant Recipient

Research Topic: Facilitators of and Barriers to Recycling and Waste Reduction Behaviors in Israel: A Psychological Perspective...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

(Fall 2016 Only)

Nissim Mizrachi, a sociologist and anthropologist from Tel Aviv University, specializes in the sociology of knowledge and...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Anat Mooreville is an Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis. Previously, she was the 2015-2016 recipient of...

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2016-2017 Visiting Faculty in China

(Spring 2017 Only)

Ben Mor is a political scientist from the University of Haifa, specializing in conflict studies and public diplomacy. His...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Benny Morris, a professor of history and Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University, specializes in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli...

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Dancer, Connecticut College, Fall 2016

Moses is a former dancer with the renowned Batsheva Dance Company and the Batsheva Ensemble and subsequently, a co-founder of the Maria...

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2015-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Matthew Nanes' dissertation examines the effects of ethnic and religious inclusiveness in the police and domestic security forces in divided...

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Author, Ludwig Maximilian University-Munich, Spring 2017

Nethanel, who earned a PhD in Modern Hebrew literature, made literary history when, in the course of her dissertation research, she...

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Artists, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2017
2015-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Anne Perez's dissertation examines Zionist discourse and policy on religious conversion and their implications for the developing Zionist...

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2016-2017 Visiting Faculty in China

Pnina Peri is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Israel Studies at the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of...

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2016-2017 Israel Research Intern
2015-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Elad Popovich is a Research Fellow in the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University's School of Public and...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

(Spring 2017 Only)

Zvi Reich, former Senior News Editor at Yedioth Ahronoth and member of the Presidium of the Israel Press Council...

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2017 Research Grant Recipient

The project will integrate key provisions from Israel’s Basic Laws, as well as constitutional doctrines of the Supreme...

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Dancer and Choreographer, Howard University, Fall 2016

A former dancer with the famed Batsheva Dance Company and Inbal Pinto, and a longstanding Gaga teacher, Rothschild is one of the most...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

(Winter 2016 and Spring 2017 Only)

Dr. Aviad Rubin (PhD, McGill University) is a faculty member in the School of Political Science at...

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2015-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Hisham Sabbagh's dissertation analyzes United States mediation efforts in the Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations, between 1991 and 2000.

2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

(Spring 2017 Only)

Michael Shalev is a professor of sociology and political science, specializing in political economics and the welfare...

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2016 Research Grant Recipient

Michal Shamir is a political scientist, specializing in Israeli politics and public opinion, at Tel Aviv University. A co-editor of The...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Shani earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tel Aviv University. Specializing in environmental studies and Israeli society, his recent...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Adi Shany earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Specializing in the economics of education and human resources,...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Shapira earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Specializing in Israeli politics and...

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Gangzheng She's dissertation is entitled, The Dragon behind the Curtain: China and the Arab-Israeli Conflict during the Cold War.

2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Shaul Shenhav is a political scientist, specializing in political narratives and discourse, Israeli politics, and public diplomacy, from the...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Yael Shenker is a professor of Hebrew literature, specializing in Hebrew film and literature, from Sapir Academic College. Her publications...

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2016-2017 Visiting Faculty in China

Avi Shilon holds a Ph.D in Political Science (Bar-Ilan University) and an M.A. in Jewish History (Tel Aviv University). His dissertation was...

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Noam Shoked's dissertation is entitled, From the Kibbutz to the Communal Settlement: The Design of Settlements in the West Bank, 1967 to the...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Research Topic: Arab-Israeli relations in Israel; Israeli society

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2015-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Daniel Sobelman is a...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

(Spring 2017 Only)

Udi Sommer is a political scientist from Tel Aviv University, specializing in comparative politics, public law, and...

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2015-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Roman Vater obtained his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester in...

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Musician, Columbia University, Spring 2017

An orchestral conductor and two-time Gramophone winner, Volkov most recently led the New York Philharmonic in June 2016. A frequent guest with...

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2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Rivka Weill is a professor of law from IDC Herzliya, specializing in constitutional and administrative law. Her publications include...

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Dancer and Choreographer, SUNY Purchase, Fall 2016

A dancer and choreographer, Weinberger began his career in the Batsheva Ensemble, graduated to the Batsheva Dance Company, also danced...

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2016-2017 Doctoral Fellow

Nechumi Yaffe's dissertation studies poverty in Israel's ultra-orthodox (Haredi) communities.

2016-2017 Visiting Israeli Faculty

Born in Haifa...

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2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Zion-Waldoks earned her Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University's Gender Studies Program....

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