Visiting Faculty

Scott Lasensky
Visiting Professor of Israel Studies: Spring 2009 & Fall 2018/2010

Scott Lasensky served as a Senior Policy Advisor on Israel, the Middle East and Jewish affairs in the Obama Administration from 2011-2017, serving in Washington and in Israel.
He represented U.N. Ambassadors Susan E. Rice and Samantha J. Power in the interagency policymaking process, including participation in the Deputies Committee and other U.S. government and U.N. policymaking and policy processes. (USG security clearance: Top Secret/SCI)
In Israel, he served with Ambassador Daniel Shapiro and was involved in all aspects of the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship.
He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Israel Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), and previously was a resident scholar and program leader at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington and the Council of Foreign Relations in New York.
A Ph.D. from Brandeis University, Scott was awarded a Brookings Research Fellowship (BRF) in 1999-2000.
Lasensky is the co-author most recently of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab- Israeli Peace (Cornell University Press) and Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East (USIP Press), both books co-authored with Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer.
He is married to Elise Pressma, they have three sons and live in Silver Spring, Maryland. Lasensky has a strong proficiency in Hebrew.

Contacts: +1.917.405.7225

Elie Friedman HeadshotElie Friedman
Visiting Professor of Israel Studies: Fall 2018/2017

Elie Friedman is currently a Lady David post-doctoral fellow and an associate research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also an adjunct lecturer at University of Maryland, Bar-Ilan University, Netanya Academic College and Hadassah Academic College. His research interests include political discourse in national and international contexts with an emphasis on public diplomacy and media studies. He has recently published in International Journal of Communications (Friedman, Kampf, and Balmas), Critical Discourse Studies, and has a monograph forthcoming at Routledge Press (Friedman and Gavriely-Nuri).  This semester, he is co-teaching a course, Israeli War Discourse, with Dalia Gavriely-Nuri.


Erez TzfadiaErez Tzfadia
Visiting Professor of Israel Studies: Fall 2018

Erez Tzfadia is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Sapir College, Israel. Erez is an alumnus of Ben Gurion University (2002), held a Lady Davis Postdoctoral position at the Hebrew University (2003), and was an Israel Institute Visiting Scholar at the Bildner Center at Rutgers University (2015-6). His field of specialization is spatial policy in Israel. He is the coauthor of Rethinking Israeli Space(Routledge, 2011); Israel since 1980 (Cambridge, 2008), and the coeditor of Abandoning State— Surveillancing State: Social Policy in Israel, 1985–2008 (Sapir and Resling, 2010). More details on his research are available at: Erez is the chairperson of the board of directors of BIMKOM – Planners for Planning Rights – an Israeli non-profit, human rights organization (


WeimannGabriel Weimann
Visiting Professor of Israel Studies: Spring  2018/2011

Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Gabriel Weimann is a Full Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication at Haifa University, Israel.  He is currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC. His research interests include the study of media effects, political campaigns, persuasion and influence, modern terrorism and the mass media, online terrorism and cyber terrorism. He has published nine books: Communicating Unreality (Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2000); The Influentials: People Who Influence People (State University of New York Press, 1995); The Theater of Terror (New York: Longman, 1994); Hate on Trial (Toronto: Mosaic, 1986); The Singaporean Enigma (Jerusalem: Tzivonim, 2001);  Terror in the Internet: The New Arena, the New Challenges (Washington, DC: USIP Press, 2006), Freedom and Terror (London: Routledge, 2011); Social Research in Israel (Jerusalem: Tzivonim, 2015), and Terrorism in Cyberspace (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015). His papers and research reports, more than 180 publications, have been published in scientific journals such as Journal of Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, Communication Research, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, American Sociological Review and others. He received numerous grants and awards from international foundations, including the Fulbright Foundation, the Canadian‑Israel Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt‑Stiftung, the German National Research Foundation (D.F.G.), the Sasakawa Foundation, United States Institute for Peace (USIP), The Woodrow Wilson Center, the Australian Research Council and others. Prof. Weimann was a Visiting Professor at various universities including the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, American University (DC), Hofstra University, Lehigh University (in USA), University of Mainz and University of Munich (in Germany), Carleton University (in Canada), NYU branch in Shanghai, China and the National University of Singapore (NUS).