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 M.A. in Migration Studies. 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. Ina Kubbe teaches the courses “Quantitative Research Methods” (first year, required) and “European Politics and Migration” (first year, elective).
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 heads the M.A. in Migration Studies program and teaches the Research Seminar “Attitudes towards Immigrants” (second year, compulsory).
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
Dr. 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 Disasters Situations from Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D in Medical Sciences from 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 is the founder and former head of the M.A. in Migration Studies. He leads the Thesis Workshop (fourth semester, compulsory for students pursuing the thesis track).
Lewin-Epstein is Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University and past Dean of the Faculty of Social Science. 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
Dr. Yossi Harpaz teaches the course "Topics in Citizenship: Migration, Ethnicity, Commodification" (elective).
Harpaz is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University. He has earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University. His research interests include citizenship, globalization, international migration, national identity, and social theory. His recently-published book, Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a Global Asset (2019, Princeton University Press), examines the global consequences of states’ increasing toleration of dual citizenship. It argues that the proliferation of dual citizenship creates opportunities for individuals from less developed countries to strategically acquire a second nationality, which they use as a premium passport, insurance policy, or even status symbol. Harpaz recently completed a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard University. He is currently working on two broad questions: the connection between growing wealth in developing countries and the commodification of access to citizenship in Western countries; and the role of rituals and symbols in national identity. You can find more information about Dr. Yossi Harpaz on his website.
Harpaz, Yossi. 2019. Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a Global Asset. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press. Link
Harpaz, Yossi. 2019. “Compensatory Citizenship: Dual Nationality as a Strategy of Global Upward Mobility”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45(6): 897-916. Link
Harpaz, Yossi and Pablo Mateos. 2019. “Introduction: Strategic Citizenship: Negotiating Membership in the Age of Dual Nationality”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45(6): 843-857. Link
Harpaz, Yossi. 2013. “Rooted Cosmopolitans: Israelis with a European Passport – History, Property, Identity”. International Migration Review, Vol. 47 No. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 166-206. Link
Dr. Rami Kaplan teaches the course on “Issues in Labor and Globalization" (elective, information on the courses page forthcoming).
Rami Kaplan is a political and organizational sociologist in the departments of Sociology and Anthropology and Labor Studies. He studies various aspects of global corporate capitalism, including its historical emergence and spread, business and society politics, corporate power and social responsibility, global diffusion of business ideologies and practices, global governance, neoliberalism, transnational business elite networks, global environmental politics, and the spread of populist rationality. His comparative research spans the USA, UK, Germany, Venezuela, the Philippines, Israel, and the supra-national level.
Kaplan, Rami and Nora Lohmeyer. 2020. “A comparative capitalism approach to the privatization of governance: Business power, nonbusiness resistance, and state enforcement in Germany, 2000-2010.” Socio-Economic Review. Link
Kaplan, Rami and Daniel Kinderman. 2020. “The business-led globalization of CSR: channels of diffusion from the U.S. into Venezuela and Britain, 1962-1981.” Business & Society 59(3). Link
Kaplan, Rami and Daniel Kinderman. 2019. “The business-class case for corporate social responsibility: Mobilization, diffusion, and institutionally transformative strategy in Venezuela and Britain.” Theory and Society 48(1):131–166. Link
You can find more on Rami Kaplan’s work on his Google Scholar profile.
Dr. Miri Yemini teaches the course “Global middle class” (elective).
Miri Yemini's research addresses issues related to globalisation of education, including global identities, international testing regimes and inequality. Previously Dr. Yemini taught at the Institute of Education, UCL, London, UK and at the University of Leipzig, Germany. At Tel Aviv University she leads a group focused on cutting edge sociology of education research. Dr. Yemini is holding a UNESCO Chair in the field of Internationalisation and Technology in Education and her research was funded by the European Commission, UNESCO, Humboldt Foundation and Minerva Foundation.
Heela Goren, Miri Yemini, Claire Maxwell, and Efrat Blumenfeld-Lieberthal. 2020. Defining the global turn in education – a review of literature. Review of Research in Education. 1-25. Link
Claire Maxwell and Miri Yemini. 2019. Modalities of cosmopolitanism and mobility: parental education strategies of global, immigrant and local middle-class Israelis. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 1-20. Link
Miri Yemini and Claire Maxwell. 2018. De-coupling or remaining closely coupled to ‘home’ – educational strategies around identity making and advantage of Israeli Global Middle Class families in London. British Journal of Sociology of Education. 39(7), 1030-1044. Link
Dr. Avinoam Cohen teaches the course "Comparative Migration and Citizenship Regimes" (second year, required)
Dr. Avinoam Cohen received his PhD from the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. He studies and works at the intersections of migration governance, legal institutions, law and society and political theory. He is a lecturer of public international law and human rights and is the head of the excellence and laureates programs at the College of Management and the Striks School of Law.
Dr. Yuval Livnat teaches the course "Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Refugees" (second year, elective).
Dr. Livnat serves as the academic supervisor of the Refugee Rights Clinic at Tel Aviv University School of Law, as a Research Fellow of the Trafflab (Labor Perspective to Human Trafficking) ERC project, and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of University of Michigan Law School's RefLaw project.
Livnat (J.S.D., Columbia Law School, 2002) served as the legal advisor of Kav LaOved (Workers' Hotline) during 2003-2007. During these years he litigated extensively for migrant workers' rights and was involved in two precedential Supreme Court decisions (HCJ 11437/05 on a female migrant worker's right to give birth and stay in Israel with her infants until the full term of her guest worker visa, and HCJ 1105/06 on health rights of migrant workers who stay in Israel for long periods). He was also very involved in the Anti-Trafficking legislation proceedings of 2006.
In 2008, Livnat joined the Tel Aviv University Refugee Rights Clinical Program, and started representing asylum seekers and refugees, while also being in charge of the program's academic component. Concomitantly, during 2013-2018 he served as the Director of the Israeli AIDS Task Force, and during 2014-2017 as the Editor-in-Chief of Tel Aviv University Journal of Law & Social Change.
Yuval Livnat, Galia Sabar and Neta Mishly, "Legal Rules and Cultural Bias: When are Intimate Partnerships with a Foreigner considered "Insincere" by Israeli Authorities?" 17 Dartmouth Law Journal 64 (2019). Link
Yuval Livnat, "Ideological Exclusion of Foreigners in Israel and in the United States" 36 Buffalo Human Rights Law Review 301 (2020). Link
Yuval Livnat, Israel's Bilateral Agreements with Source Countries of Migrant Workers: What is Covered, What is Ignored and Why? (December 17, 2019). Link