Prof. Yossi Shavit

  • Sociology & Anthropology
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Prof. Yossi Shavit
Phone: 03-6408821
Fax: 03-6409215
Office: Naftali - Social Sciences


Ph.D., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983 


Yossi Shavit is the Weinberg Professor of Sociology at Tel Aviv University. He holds an MSc (in Demography) and a PhD (in Sociology) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BA (Sociology and Economics) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


Professor Shavit’s research interests are in Social Stratification and Mobility, the Sociology of Education, Ethnic Relations and Research Methods.  His books include Persistent Inequality (with H-P Blossfeld, 1993), From School to Work (with W. Müller, 1997) and Stratification in Higher Education (with R. Arum and A. Gamoran, 2007).  In addition, he has published many research papers in leading sociological journals including the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Sociology of Education and European Sociological Review.


Professor Shavit has won Alon and Spencer fellowships. He has previously served as Professor at the European University Institute and as a visiting professor in the University of California at Berkeley, at the Università degli studi di Firenze, Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen and at the University of New York in Shanghai. He was also a visiting scholar at Nuffield College in Oxford. Shavit is a member of the honorary Sociological Research Association. He served as secretary of the ISA’s Research Committee on Social Stratification (RC28) and as President of the Israeli Sociological Society. Currently heads the Taub Educational Policy Program at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. 

Research Interests

Sociology of inequality and mobility, sociology of eduation, ethnic relations and research methods



Recent Publications (since 2013)



Rinat Arbiv-Elyashiv, Yariv Feniger and Y. Shavit (eds.). Forthcoming. Equality of Educational Opportunity: Developments in Theory and Research, Mofet (in Hebrew).

Silbereisen, Rainer K., Peter F. Titzmann, and Y. Shavit (eds.) 2014. The Challenges of Diaspora Migration: Perspectives on Israel and Germany. Ashgate Publishing.


Chapters and Journal Articles:


Rotman, Assaf, Y. Shavit and Michael Shalev. Forthcoming. “Nominal and Positional Perspectives on Educational Stratification in Israel." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.


Levy, Natalie and Y. Shavit. 2015. “A Chronicle of Disappointment: Integration between Arabs and Jews in a Jewish-Israeli Elementary School.” Soziologia Yisraelit 16 (2): 7-30.


Gabay-Egozi, L., Y. Shavit and M. Yaish. 2014. "Gender Differences in Fields of Study: The Role of Significant Others and Rational Choice Motivations." European Sociological Review 31 (3): 284-297.


Yemini, Miri, Hed Bar Nissan and Y. Shavit. 2014. “Cosmopolitanism versus nationalism in the Israeli education.Comparative Education Review 58 (4): 708-728. 


Shwed, Uri, Y. Shavit, Maisalon Dallashi and Moran Ofek. 2014. “Integration of Arab Israelis and Jews in Schools in Israel.” In Dan Ben David (ed.) State of the Nation Report, Jerusalem: Taub Center.


Feniger, Yariv, Y. Shavit and H. Ayalon. 2013. “Religiosity, Reading and Educational Achievement among Jewish Students in Israel.” International Journal of Jewish Education Research (5): 20-57.


Bar Haim, E., C. Blank and Y. Shavit. 2013. “Changes in the Stratification Process in Israel, 1995-2008.” In Dan Ben David (ed.) State of the Nation Report, Jerusalem: Taub Center.


Blank, C. and Y. Shavit. 2013. “Discipline in Classrooms and Students’ Achievement.” in Dan Ben David (ed.) State of the Nation Report, Jerusalem: Taub Center.


Bar Haim, E. and Y. Shavit. 2013. “Expansion and Inequality of Educational Opportunity: A Comparative Study.Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 31 (March): 22-31.




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