Ph.D., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983
Yossi Shavit is the Weinberg Professor of Sociology at Tel Aviv University. Shavit is a former president of the Israeli Sociological Society, a member of the American Academy of Education (NAEd), a Spencer fellow, an Alon Fellow, a member of the honorary Sociological Research Association and past secretary of the ISA’s Research Committee on Stratification (RC28). He headed the SPS department at the European University Institute, as well as the Sociology & Anthropology Department, the Horowitz Institute and the BI and Lucille Cohen Institute for Public Opinion Research at TAU.
Shavit received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983). His main interests are in the areas of Social Inequality and the Sociology of Education. He has published Persistent Inequality (with H P Blossfeld, Westview Press, 1993), From School to Work (with W. Müller, Clarendon Press, 1998) and Stratification in Higher Education (with R. Arum and A. Gamoran, Stanford University Press, 2007), and several other volumes and many papers in leading peer reviewed journals.
Shavit is a Principal Researcher at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel where he directs the Educational Policy Program.
Currently, he is studying social integration between Arab and Jewish students who attend mixed schools in Israel. He is also developing an interest in the effects of experiences and education in early childhood on children’s development, personality and achievements.