Yair Barak’s fields of research are economic history, the history of economic thought from the middle ages till the 21st century, the history of the economic policy in Palestine-Israel and economics as culture. His doctoral dissertation titled as “Privatization – History of a Major Shift in the Economic and Social Policy Israel (1977-2000).” He is a manager of the Inter-University “Forum of the History of Economic Thought.” He participated in international conferences by presenting their connections between economy and theology, economy and literature, economy and visual art. He was also an interpreter of global economy in the Israeli radio (“Kol Israel”). This semester, he is teaching The History of Economic Policy in Palestine/Israel.
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.
Dalia Gavriely-Nuri is a research fellow at The Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace a The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an Associate Professor at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem. She specializes in the cultural and discursive aspects of peace and war, national security and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Her latest books are Israeli Peace Discourse (2015) (John Benjamins); The Normalization of war in Israeli Discourse (2013) (Lexington Books). This semester, she is co-teaching a course, Israeli War Discourse, with Elie Friedman.
Dr. Eran Eldar is a historian, specializing in urbanization in Israel, the history of the Israeli politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict. His primary research interest is the geographical, cultural, and political history of the State of Israel. He is the author of By Its Own Efforts: The Urban Development of Tel Aviv in the Twilight of the British Mandate and the First Decades of the State of Israel (2013). In the spring semester, he will teach two courses: The history of urbanization and urban and culture in Israel and History of Modern Israel.
Dr. Yemima Cohen Aharoni is a qualitative sociologist, specializing in Israeli society, Jerusalem’s holy sites, urban tourism, and modern Judaism. Her work deals with how collective perceptions of the past and future affect the current shape of Israeli society. In the spring semester, she will teach the course: The Holy City and the Holy Mountain: a Sociological look at the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. She is also a comedian.
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).