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Research Fellows


Prof. Raanan Rein

Prof. Raanan Rein is the Elias Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and former Vice President of Tel Aviv University. He is also the founder of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies.
Rein is the author and editor of more than forty books and well over a hundred articles in academic journals and book chapters, in several languages. He is a member of Argentina's National Academy of History, and former President of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA). The Argentine government awarded him the title of Commander in the Order of the Liberator San Martin for his contribution to Argentine culture. The Spanish King awarded him the title of Commander in the Order of the Civil Merit. In 2016 he won the Reimar Lüst Award (co-sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation). In March 2017, the City of Buenos Aires declared him as a Guest of Honor.
Research interests: Modern Latin America, populist movements, Argentine society and politics, Jews in the Spanish speaking world, ethnic minorities in Latin America, immigration and collective identities, 20th century Spain.



Prof. David Tal

Professor David Tal is the Yossi Harel Chair in Modern Israel Studies at the University of Sussex. Professor Tal got his Ph.D. from the Tel Aviv University in 1995. He had taught at Tel Aviv University and was a visiting professor at Emory University and Syracuse University. In 2009 he was appointed as Kahanoff Chair in Israel Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada, and was the head of the Israel Program there. Professor Tal was a NATO research fellow (2000-2002), INSCT research fellow (Syracuse University, 2008-2013) and Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies research fellow (2011-2012, 2013-2014). Professor Tal specialized in Israel’s military and diplomatic history and US nuclear disarmament policy. He authored four books and edited two. His most recent authored book is US Strategic Arms Policy in the Cold War: Negotiation and Confrontation over SALT, 1969-79, (London: Routledge, 2017). He published about 40 articles and book chapters in the major journals pertinent to Israel’s military and diplomatic history and US foreign policy. His present project is the history of US-Israel special relationship from the early 20th century to the present. Cambridge University Press will publish the book.



Prof. Gideon Kouts 

Gideon Kouts is Emeritus Professor of Modern Jewish History, Culture and Communication; Head of the European Institute of Hebrew Studies at Paris 8 University, France, where he served as Head of the Cultures and Communications Masters’ Program and Head of the Hebrew and Israel Studies Department and its Research Unit.  He is the Editor of REEH- the European Journal of Hebrew Studies, and of Kesher-the International Journal of Jewish Press and Communications History Research published by the Institute of Research of Jewish Press and Communications at Tel-Aviv University  Senior international correspondent for the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation and “Maariv” daily and Honorary President of the French Foreign Press Association. Professor Kouts has also lectured at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1992-4).  His research focuses on Jewish Press and Communications History, as well as International Communications and Foreign Reporting, Propaganda and National Identity studies.  Among his books: News and History: Studies in History of Hebrew and Jewish Press and Communications , Tel Aviv University- Zionist Library-Bialik Institute , 2013 (in Hebrew); The Hebrew and Jewish Press in Europe- Select Problems in Its History, Suger University Press, Paris- London, 2006; Editors and Journals: Studies in History of the Hebrew and Jewish  Press , World Hebrew Union, Jerusalem, 1999 (Hebrew); La presse hébraïque en Europe: ses origines et son evolution de 1856 à 1897, (2 vol), Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, Lille ,1997 ; Les grands périodiques hébraïques en Europe, Maisonneuve et Larose, Paris, 1993; Book chapters and articles in scholarly journals published  in  Hebrew, French, English, Polish, Russian, German and Spanish. 


Prof.  Richard Whatmore

I am currently Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the Institute of Intellectual History. I came to St Andrews in 2013 from the University of Sussex, where I was Professor of Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought. My research and teaching cover the following topics: Early Modern and Modern Intellectual History (including Politics, International Relations, Political Economy and Religion); Theories of Empire, Democracy and War; Enlightenment and Revolution; Republican Diaspora; Small States and Failed States; Relations between Britain and Europe; Political Cartoons. My books include: Republicanism and the French Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2000), Against War and Empire: Geneva, Britain and France in the Eighteenth Century (Yale University Press, 2012), What is Intellectual History? (Polity Press, 2015) and Terrorists, Anarchists, and Republicans. The Genevans and the Irish in time of Revolution (Princeton University Press, 2019).


Dr. Gabriela Jonas Aharoni 

Gabriela Jonas Aharoni received her BA from the Department of Social Communication in Rosario University, Argentina. She later received an MA in Communication and Journalism from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD from the Faculty of Arts’ Interdisciplinary Program of Tel Aviv University. She currently teaching in the departments of Cinema and Television, and Liberal Arts and Sciences of Sapir College. Jonas Aharoni has already published several articles in academic journals, such as "Jewish Identities in Argentinian Television Fiction: the case of Graduados", in Jewish Film and New Media, "Telenovelas de época y cine: la intertextualidad como herramienta que construye segmentos de la memoria histórica argentina", in Nuevo Mundo Nuevos Mundos and "Globalización e identidades plurales en las telenovelas argentinas de fines de siglo", in. E.I.A.L. Her book "Argentinian Telenovelas. Southern Sagas Rewrite Social and Political Reality" published in October 2015.


Dr. Frédéric Krumbein

Dr. Frédéric Krumbein was a 2019 Taiwan Fellow at the European Union Centre at the National Taiwan University. Previously, he has worked as a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and as the managing director of the European Community Studies Association Germany. SWP is the think tank of the German government. He was also a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science at the Free University of Berlin and the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Frédéric holds a PhD degree in political science from the Free University. He obtained his master‘s degree in international relations at the Institute of Political Science (SciencesPo) in Paris, France. His research interests include human rights policies of the European Union, mainland China, and Taiwan, and the philosophy of human rights.


Dr. Omri Elmaleh

Omri Elmaleh is in the final stages of writing his doctoral dissertation entitled “Living in Brazil, Working in Paraguay, Dreaming of Lebanon: The Hybrid Identity of Muslim-Lebanese in a South American Triple Frontier, 1950‒2010,” under the supervision of Professors Raanan Rein and Eyal Zisser of Tel Aviv University. He is the awardee of the Rotenstreich Scholarship for outstanding Ph.D. students in the humanities, one of the most prestigious doctoral fellowships given by the Israeli Council of Higher Education. He has conducted research in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, which has resulted in various academic publications. By now,  three peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters, most recently “Together yet Apart: The Institutional Rift among Muslim-Lebanese in a South American Triple Frontier,” published in the Anuario de Historia de América Latina (Hamburg, Germany, 2019); “Together Un-united: Muslims in the Triple Frontier on the Defensive against Accusations of Terrorism,” which appeared in Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Migration to Latin America, edited by Raanan Rein, Stefan Rinke and David Sheinin (Boston: Brill, 2020); and “‘You can't have one without the other’: The Bilateral Relations between Paraguayan Ciudad del Este and Brazilian Foz do Iguaçu,” in Ekaterina Mikhailova & John Garrard (eds.), Twin Cities: Borders, Urban Communities and Relationships, 2nd vol. (Routledge, forthcoming in 2021).


Dr. Idit Miller

Idit Miller is a sociologist and intergroup relations researcher. She obtained her BA from the Faculty of Judaism Studies in Bar-Ilan University. She got her MA in Labor Studies from Tel Aviv University with distinction and a PhD in sociology from the Faculty of Social Science of Ariel University. Her dissertation deals with "The effect of shared employment of Israeli-Jews and Non-Israeli Palestinians on mutual attitudes: Comparative research at Israeli Industry and Medicine workplaces". Throughout her academic studies, she won several awards and scholarships including the President's Scholarship for Excellence and Scientific Innovation of 2020 granted to her by the President of the State of Israel. This is one of the most prestigious doctoral awards in Israel. She was also awarded with a research grant for her doctoral research by ASMEA (the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa). Currently, she is an adjunct lecturer in the faculty of Social Science at Ariel University. Her fields of interest are organizational sociology, intergroup contact, inequality relations, social psychology, social identity, and conflict resolution.  Since 2022 she is part of a research team led by Prof. Sabar and Dr. Babis on "onward migration, cultural capital and resettlement: comparing trajectories of naturalized immigrants (“Olim”), labour migrants and asylum seekers from Israel to Canada".


Dr. Lisa Richlen

Between 2000-2021, Richlen worked for tens of social change and human rights organizations in Israel with a focus non-Jews including asylum seekers. Richlen has volunteered for refugee-serving agencies in East Africa and served as a board member of such organizations in both Israel and Vancouver. In 2021, Richlen completed a PhD at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in the Department of Politics and Government with a degree in African Studies. Her PhD research, which builds on relationships stretching back to 2007, focused on Sudanese community organizations in Israel. She then completed a post-doc through the Kreitman School for Advance Graduate Studies at Ben Gurion University in the Negev and received the ‘Machar’ award for outstanding student article from the same university. To date, she has published four solo-authored articles on this research in high ranking peer reviewed journals. She has also co-authored a book chapter for publication in an edited volume and is currently in the process of co-authoring an article which is a comparative study of Sudanese refugees in Israel and Jordan. Her research is also informed by her own experience as a migrant – first from the United States to Israel in 2000 and, since September 2021, to Canada. She is currently working as a lecturer in various institutions of higher education in the greater Vancouver area (including the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University) and is a researcher on a project examining onward migration via Israel to Canada.


Dr. Aviv Cohen

Dr. Aviv Cohen received his Ph.D. from the Sverdlin Institute for Latin American History and Culture, The School of History, Tel Aviv University. His thesis Fire in the Backyard, dealt with the US and the American Press when facing the revolutionary ferment in the Caribbean Basin during the Cold War Years. His research focuses on two state case studies from the Caribbean basin, in which the events exceeded beyond the local event level and have left their impression on the history of the area – Guatemala during the presidency years of Juan Jose Arevalo 1945-1954 and the revolution in Cuba between the years 1953-1961. The research relies primarily on the triangle relationship between the revolutionary states, the US government and the US and international media, especially the printed press. The Dissertation was written under the supervision of Prof. Raanan Rein. Aviv's broader historical interests are international revolutions, press effect on historical events and protest groups in the modern world.

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