Ph.D., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983
Yossi Shavit is Professor Emeritus and the Weinberg Professor of Sociology at Tel Aviv University. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983). Shavit’s research interests include educational stratification, school to work transitions, and ethnic relations. He has published Persistent Inequality (with Blossfeld, Westview Press), From School to Work (with W. Müller, Clarendon Press), Stratification in Higher Education (with Arum and Gamoran, Stanford University Press), and several other volumes. Some of his publications appeared in the American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology and Sociology of Education.
Shavit now is studying social relations between Arab and Jewish students who attend mixed schools in Israel. Israel is viewed as a case in which ethnic relations are embedded in a highly conflicted context. Shavit compares ethnic identities, lifestyles and cross-ethnic attitudes and friendship formation in homogenous, and multicultural and hegemonic mixed schools. In addition, he is studying the effects of poverty, family structure and education and care services in early childhood on scholastic achievements in the later life-course in Israel.
Shavit is currently President of the RC28 of the International Sociological Association, former President of the Israeli Sociological Society, a member of the American National Academy of Education (NAEd) and a member of the Sociological Research Association (SRA). Prior to his appointment at Tel Aviv, Shavit was a professor at the European University Institute in Florence. In addition to his academic work Shavit has a strong interest in policy-oriented research. He directs the policy programs on educational and on early childhood at the Taub Center in Jerusalem, which produces evidence-based policy briefs that aim to inform social policy.