ABOUT US

The Association for Israel Studies is an international scholarly society, chartered in the U.S., devoted to the academic and professional study of Israel. The Association's membership is composed of scholars from all disciplines in the social sciences and many in the humanities.

PURPOSE

Formed in 1985, the Association for Israel Studies is an international, interdisciplinary scholarly society devoted to the academic and professional study of modern Israel. AIS is open to all individuals who are engaged in, or share an interest in, scholarly inquiry about Israel, the Zionist movement, or the pre-state Jewish community in Palestine. The Association's membership is composed of scholars from all disciplines in the social sciences and many in the humanities.


SCHOLARLY AFFILIATIONS

AIS is an affiliated member organization of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA). AIS sponsors panels or workshops and holds a reception and board meeting at the annual MESA conference. AIS also sponsors panels at meetings of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association (APSA).  Since 2016 the AIS is an affiliated member organization of the American Historical Association (AHA). It is authorized to participate in the work of AHA, through such activities as the organization of panels and workshops at the annual AHA conference. Since 2016 the AIS is an affiliated member organization of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). In Israel, AIS works in cooperation with various scholarly associations, institutes and universities.


INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS 2021

GOLD:

• The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel at Michigan State University

• Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Department of Israel Studies, University of Haifa (English program), (Hebrew program)

• The Program in Jewish Culture and Society, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Northwestern University 


SILVER:

• The Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies, University of Nebraska

• The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

• The Department of Jewish Studies and the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life Zionism, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

• Center for Israeli Studies, American University

Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, University of Arizona

• Argov Center for the study of Israel and the Jewish People, Bar-Ilan University 

• Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland

• The Institute for Israel Studies, University of Texas at Austin

• The Ben–Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University

• Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, University of California, Berkeley

 

BY-LAWS OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR ISRAEL STUDIES 

Board of Directors

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Officers

PRESIDENT 
Dr. Arieh Saposnik
Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, ISRAEL
saposnik@bgu.ac.il

 

VICE-PRESIDENT 
Dr. Raphel Cohen-Almagor
Chair in Politics, and Director of the Middle East Study Group (MESG)
Hull University, CANADA
R.Cohen-Almagor@hull.ac.uk

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Dr. Asaf Shamis
Department of Israel Studies
University of Haifa, ISRAEL
ashamis@staff.haifa.ac.il

 

TREASURER
Dr. Ilan Ben-Ami
Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication
The Open University of Israel, ISRAEL
ilanbe@openu.ac.il

 

EDITOR, ISRAEL STUDIES REVIEW
Dr. Oded Haklai
Director of the Laboratory for Ethnic Conflict Research
Comparative Politics, International Relations
Queen’s University, CANADA
haklai@queensu.ca

 

EDITOR, ISRAEL STUDIES REVIEW
Dr. Adia Mendelson-Maoz
Department of Literature, Language and Arts
The Open University of Israel, ISRAEL
adiamen@openu.ac.il

 

BOOK REVIEW EDITOR, ISRAEL STUDIES REVIEW
Dr. Rami Zeedan
Jewish Studies Program
University of Kansas, USA
rzeedan@ku.edu

  

ASSISTANT TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Stephanie Colley

Department of Israel Studies
University of Haifa, ISRAEL

scolley@campus.haifa.ac.il

 

AIS Former Presidents

Yael Aronoff, Michigan State University (2019-2021)

Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College (2017-2019)

Ilan Troen, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Brandeis University (2015-2017)

Menachem Hofnung, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2013-2015)

Gad Barzilai, University of Washington and University of Haifa (2011-2013)

Aviva Halamish, The Open University of Israel (2009-2011)

Rachel Brenner, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007-2009)

Alan Dowty, University of Notre Dame (2005-2007)

Joel Migdal, University of Washington (2003-2005)

Gershon Shafir, Univeristy of California, San Diego (2001- 2003)

Hanna Herzog, Tel-Aviv University (1999-2001)

Pnina Lahav, Boston University (1997-1999)

Ilan Peleg, Lafayette College (1995-1997)

Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania (1993-1995)

Gregory Mahler, University of Mississippi (1991-1993)

Mark Tessler, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1989-1991)

Robert Freedman, Baltimore Hebrew University (1987-1991)

Myron Aronoff, Rutgers University (1985-1987)

CONTACT US

AIS contact information:

By Mail:

University of Haifa
Department of Israel Studies
Eshkol Tower, 1407
199 Abba Khoushy Ave.
Haifa, 3498838
Israel

By Email:

ais@aisisraelstudies.org

Annual Meeting