In the field of migration, Tel Aviv University is home to a prominent group of scholars whose work is recognized internationally. The expertise of faculty members is called upon by national and local government agencies in developing migration and integration policies and to evaluate intervention projects. Members of the faculty are also closely affiliated with civil society organizations and serve on the boards of or hold advisory roles at NGOs that work to improve the conditions of immigrant populations, such as foreign laborers and refugees.
You can read more about our lecturers from current courses in the tabs below:
Dr. Adi Hercowitz-Amir teaches the course “Theories of International Migration“ (first year, required).
Dr. Adi Hercowitz-Amir received her PhD in Sociology from The University of Haifa in 2017. Her PhD dissertation focuses on reception of asylum seekers and refugees, at both citizen and state levels in Israel and in Denmark and is entitled: “Hostile hosting: The construction of public opinion and public policy towards asylum seekers and refugees: the cases of Israel and Denmark”. She holds a B.A degree in Sociology and Anthropology, Communication and Journalism from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A degree in Sociology and Anthropology, majoring in Organizational Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She held a post-doctoral position at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at the University of California, San Diego (2017-2018) where she deepened her research on the topics of international migration, majority group attitudes towards immigrants and asylum public policy. During the years 2019 - 2020 she holds a post-doctoral position at The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) at the University of Haifa. Her current research focuses on attitudes of European societies towards immigrants before and after 2015 and on the migration experience of Palestinian citizens of Israel to Berlin.
Hercowitz-Amir, A. and Raijman, R. (2019). Restrictive borders and rights: Attitudes of the Danish public to asylum seekers. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Link
Hercowitz-Amir, A. (2018). Mind the gap? Looking into restrictionism of elites and the public on integration and border policy towards asylum seekers and refugees in Denmark. Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego, Working Paper #196, July 2018. Link
Hercowitz-Amir, A. Raijman, R. and Davidov, E. (2017). Host or hostile? Attitudes towards asylum seekers in Israel and in Denmark. The International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 58(5), 416-439. Link
Hochman, H. and Hercowitz-Amir, A. (2016). (Dis)agreement with the implementation of humanitarian policy measures towards asylum seekers in Israel: does the frame matter? Journal of International Migration and Integration. 18, 897-916. Link
Hercowitz-Amir, A. the Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI) and the Department of Planning in the Population and Immigration Authority, The Israeli Ministry of Interior (2016). Profile of Labor Migration in Israel Report 2016. Link
Prof. Kemp teaches the one-year seminar “Civil Society and Migration”, which includes an internship (first year, required).
Adriana Kemp is the co-founder of the TAU M.A. Program on Sociology of Organizations and Social Change and Member of the Academic Board at the MA Program of Global Migration and Policy. She is Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2019).
Her research addresses scholarship at the crossroads of precarious migrations, citizenship and civil society and scholarship on the re-scaling of politics and urban governance. She has published over thirty refereed articles on these topics in journals like International Migration Review, Gender and Society, Political Geography, IJURR, Law and Society Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Problems, Urban Studies, and Environment and Planning A among others. She is the author of numerous book chapters, the co-editor of two collective volumes and the co-author of a book on Migrants and Workers: the political economy of labour migration in Israel. Kemp was a visiting professor at Columbia University and a Lipinsky Visiting Professor at SDSU; she has been regularly invited to lecture at the MIM Master Program and has worked as a consultant for the OECD, among others.
Prof. Kemp has been the recipient of numerous research grants, including five grants from the National Science Foundation and two grants from the Ministry of Science and Culture. Her latest research project titled “Do papers matter? Legal liminality in the life-course of migrant workers and refugees’ children (ages 12-25) in Israel”, deals with the socio-political implications of the uncertain legal status on migrants’ and asylum seekers’ children and youth. While the number of children and youngsters growing up in legal uncertainty as a result of recent waves of precarious migrations and restrictionist policies has been on the rise in wealthier countries, only recently research has begun to pay systematic attention to the multiple social, political and developmental consequences of this phenomenon. Drawing on the Israeli case, this multi-level research engages recent sociological and anthropological scholarship on legal liminality and examines how ambiguous legal status intersects with policy frameworks, institutional actors and children’s own expectations and histories. Her many civic activities include serving as the chairwoman of ACRI, the largest HR NGO in Israel in 2010-2014.
Krauz-Lahav, N., & Kemp, A. (2019). Elite without Elitism? Boundary Work and the Israeli Elite Philanthropy in a Changing Field of Power. Social Problems. Link
Kemp, A., & Margalit, T. (2017). Resisting Neo-Liberal SkylinesSocial Mobilisations and Entrepreneurial Urban Development in Tel Aviv. Revue Internationale de Politique de Développement, 8(8), 164–188. Link
Kemp, A., & Kfir, N. (2016). Wanted Workers but Unwanted Mothers: Mobilizing Moral Claims on Migrant Care Workers’ Families in Israel. Social Problems, 63(3), 373–394. Link
Kemp, A., Lebuhn, H., & Rattner, G. (2015). Between Neoliberal Governance and the Right to the City: Participatory politics in Berlin and Tel Aviv. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(4), 704–725. Link
Dr. Esther Lopatin teaches the seminar: "Models of immigrant integration and their challenges in the 21st century" (second year, required).
Dr. Esther Lopatin is an expert on the European Union, immigration, and integration policy. She teaches at the Division of Languages and Global Migration Studies at Tel Aviv University. Between 2013-2019, she was the Director of the Center for European Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC).
After receiving her Ph.D. on “The Development of EU Refugee and Asylum Policy” in Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 2004, from 2005 until 2010 she was a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University’s Political Science Department, teaching courses on EU politics and International Relations Theory, while also serving as a visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University (2005 to 2007). Prior to her graduation, she worked as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington DC, where she provided policy advice on immigration issues (2003-2004).
In 2015, Dr. Lopatin was appointed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to be a member of the Board of the German-Israeli Future Foundation Zukunftsforum, and in 2017 was invited by Germany to observe the German general election along with 20 other academic experts on Germany. Between 2014-2019, she was a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po. Lille and Sciences Po. Bordeaux, teaching about the challenge of immigration and integration in the 21 Century. In 2017, she was appointed as a co-leader in a Working Group by the European Commission Cost Program, to develop new indicators that will help decision makers integrate immigrants and refugees into the European society.
Dr. Lopatin’s fields of expertise include EU institutions and the decision-making process, EU immigration and asylum policy, and Europe-Israel relations. She is often interviewed by the Media discussing current European affairs and Europe-Israeli relations, EU Foreign Policy and the challenge of immigration and integration in the 21 Century.
Lopatin, E., Samuel-Azran, T., & Galily, Y. (2017). A clash-of-civilizations prism in German media? Documenting a shift from political to religious framing of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Communication and the Public, 2(1), 19–34. Link
Lopatin, E. (2013). The Changing Position of the European Parliament on Irregular Migration and Asylum under Co-decision: Irregular migration and asylum under co-decision. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 51(4), 740–755.Link
Dr. Ina Kubbe teaches the courses “Quantitative Research Methods” (first year, required) and “European Politics and Migration” (first year, elective) for the MA in Global Migration and Policy.
She received her PhD from the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany in 2013. Her Dissertation dealt with “Corruption in Europe in Comparative Perspective”. Ina holds a Master degree from the University of Greifswald in Political Science, Business Administration, and Communication Studies. Since 2016, she is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests are in Comparative Research on Democracy, (Political) Corruption, Gender Politics, Political Culture Research – with a special focus on Europe and the Middle East, Social Science Methods, in particular quantitative, experimental and mixed methods.
Among others, Ina is a consultant for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) in Albania in support of anti-corruption initiatives; gender mainstreaming, human rights protection; legislative, judicial, and media reform; capacity-building of law enforcement officials; she is also a consultant for Transparency International (Country Assessor: Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index for Germany and Israel). Furthermore, Ina is a founder and coordinator of the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) Standing Group on (Anti-) Corruption and Integrity, and the Regional Coordinator (Northern and Western Europe), European Commission Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG Home / Ecorys) in support of their anti-corruption efforts. Since August 2018, she is an International Consultant and Developer for the United Nations, in particular on “Corruption and Comparative Politics”, “Corruption, Peace and Security”, “Corruption and Gender”, “Corruption and Good Governance”, and “Corruption and Human Rights”. You can find more information about Dr. Ina Kubbe on her website.
Kubbe, I. and Varraich, A. (Eds.) (2020). Corruption and Informal Practices in the Middle East and North Africa. First Edition. Routledge Corruption and Anti-Corruption Studies. New York: Routledge. Link
Kubbe, I. (April 2, 2018). An Eye for an Eye – The Role of Reciprocity in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Link
Kubbe, I., & Engelbert, A. (2018). Corruption and the impact of democracy. Crime, Law and Social Change, 70(2), 175–178. Link
Kubbe, I. (2018). Europe’s “democratic culture” in the fight against corruption. Crime, Law and Social Change, 70(2), 217–240. Link
Prof. Anastasia Gorodzeisky teaches the Research Seminar “Attitudes towards Immigrants” (second year, compulsory) for the MA in Global Migration and Policy.
She is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She holds a M.A. in Journalism from the Ural State University, Russia, and a M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University. Anastasia earned her Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University (2009). Afterwards, she spent three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (CEACS) at Juan March Institute, Madrid, Spain. Before joining the faculty of Tel Aviv University, she held regular academic appointment in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
Prof. Anastasia Gorodzeisky is an Editorial Board Member for Social Forces (since 2018) and Social Science Research (since 2019). Her research interests are in Global Migration and Immigrant Integration; Discriminatory Attitudes and Prejudice (with focus on out-group populations); Cross-national Comparative Sociology; Research Methods.
Dr. Anna Prashizky teaches the course “Theories of Identity in the Context of Migration” (first year, required).
She holds a Master’s and a PhD Degree from the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Bar-Ilan University. She wrote her dissertation on Wedding Rituals in Israeli Society: A Comparative Study of Ritualization and Performativity. Besides teaching at Tel Aviv University, she is a senior lecturer at the Western Galilee Academic College and the Managing Editor of the Sociological Papers Journal published by Sociological Institute for Community Studies in Bar-Ilan University.
Anna’s research interests are in Sociology of Immigration, Russian Immigrants in Israel, Anthropology of Rituals. Her future projects are dealing with the ethnographic study of the Russian art, poetry, music and festivals produced by these young Russian immigrants in Israel.
Prashizky A. (2020). Homeland Holidays as Anchors of Immigrant Ethnicity: New Year Celebration among Young Russian Israelis. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 26(1): 16-30. Link
Remennick, L. and Prashizky, A. (2019). Subversive Identity and Cultural Production by the Russian-Israeli Generation 1.5. European Journal of Cultural Studies 22 (5–6): 925–41. Link
Prashizky, A. (2019). Ethnic Fusion in Migration: The New Russian–Mizrahi Pop-Culture Hybrids in Israel. Ethnicities 19 (6): 1062–81. Link
Prashizky, A. and Remennick, L. (2018). Celebrating Memory and Belonging: Young Russian Israelis Claim Their Unique Place in Tel-Aviv’s Urban Space. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 47 (3): 336–66. Link
Einav Levy teaches the course “Forced Migration and the Humanitarian System” (first year, elective).
Einav is the Founding Director of The Israeli School of Humanitarian Action and Lucien Research center for Humanitarian Action and a founding member of SID-ISRAEL. He is a manager and entrepreneur with a profound experience in the interface between the Non-Profit sector and the business, governmental, social and academic sectors, and expertise in Humanitarian Action. Currently, Einav is the director at NALA Foundation. He has led humanitarian and social missions in countries such as Jordan, Haiti, Serbia, Zambia, Greece and Uganda. He is a consultant of different Israeli Ministries (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Welfare, Ministry of Social equality) on the topics of managing people in emergencies, systems on crisis and community resilience.
Einav holds a Master's degree in Management of Emergency and Disaster situations from Tel Aviv University, and is currently completing his PhD in Behavioral Medicine at the Liberal University of Brussels. His main academic work is focused on health and behavior among population at risk, Migrants and Minorities. Einav has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Tel-Aviv University, Haifa University and Tel-Hai College among others and serves as a guest editor in The Journal of International Humanitarian Action and as a reviewer in The International Journal for Equity in Health.
Levy, E., Farchi, M., Gidron, Y., and Shahar, E. (2019). Psychological First Aid through the ‘SIX Cs Model’ − an Intervention with Migrants on the Move. Intervention 0 (0): 0-0. Link
Levy, E. (2018). Culture, Gender and Health in the Humanitarian Context. JOJ Nursing & Health Care 6 (2). Link
Levy, E., Alkan, M., Shaul, S., and Gidron, Y. (2017). Medical Conditions and Treatment in a Transit Camp in Serbia for Syrian, Afghani, and Iraqi Migrants. Journal of International Humanitarian Action 2 (1). Link
Professor Noah Lewin-Epstein heads the graduate program in Migration Studies and leads the Thesis Workshop.
Lewin-Epstein is Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University and past Dean of the Faculty of Social Science. He currently heads the graduate program on Migration Studies. He received the PhD from the University of Chicago in 1982. His areas of interest include social inequality, ethnic stratification, and migration. He authored and co-authored 4 books and published extensively in major international journals. His research addresses the relationship between economic structures and the socioeconomic achievements. His studies have focused primarily on disadvantaged populations including international migrants and ethnic minorities. He has extensive experience in international consortia for data collection (ISSP and ESS) and international collaborative research projects. Since 2015 he heads the social science division of the Israel Science Foundation.
You can read more about Prof. Noah Lewin-Epstein work on his website.
Y. Cohen, N. Lewin-Epstein, and A. Lazarus. (2019). Mizrahi-Ashkenazi educational gaps in the third generation. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 59, 25-33. Link
Lewin-Epstein N., and Y. Cohen. (2018). Ethnic origin and identity in the Jewish population of Israel Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 29, 1-20. Link
Hochman, O., A. Stein, N. Lewin-Epstein, and T. Wöhler. (2017). Emotional integration across immigrant generations in Baden-Württemberg, Germany: the role of discrimination. International Migration 56(3), 186-202. Link
N. Lewin-Epstein and M. Semyonov. (2013). Immigration and Wealth Inequality in Old Age: The Case of Israel. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 33, 56-71. Link
Rosa da Costa teaches the course “Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Refugees” (second year, required).
Rosa da Costa holds a B.A. in Political Science, a LL.L. (Law Degree) and a M.A. in Political and Social Philosophy. Rosa is a Human Rights lawyer who has led a career largely in the United Nations system, including with UNHCR, OHCHR and the Office of the Representative of Children in Armed Conflict. She has expertise in a range of human rights areas, including refugee law and internal displacement, women's rights, administration of justice, integration, humanitarian law and children's rights. In addition to working in various countries, she has also participated in emergency operations and numerous field missions to conflict and post-conflict settings such as Iraq, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya.
In Israel she teaches the legal component of the MA Program in Global Migration and Policy at Tel Aviv University and is an advisor to the Israeli School for Humanitarian Aid. She is currently interested in furthering research on displacement, gender, corruption and the relationship between human rights and contemporary power structures.
Da Costa, R. for UNHCR (2006). Rights of Refugees in the Context of Integration: Legal Standards and Recommendations. Link
Da Costa, R. for UNHCR (2006). The Administration of Justice in Refugee Camps. Link
Da Costa, R. for UNHCR (2004). The Civilian and Humanitarian Nature of Asylum. Link
Da Costa, R. for UNHCR (2002). Gender Training Kit on Refugee Protection and Resource Handbook. Link