Where Am I Now?

trumanAfter a rewarding post-doctoral fellowship at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University, I am happy to report that I will soon be taking up a new position in Israel.

Beginning in October, I will be a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. To visit my Truman Institute bio page, click here. In addition, I will be teaching a course in the fall at Hebrew University in Israeli Territorial Politics in the Department of International Relations as well as a course in Israeli & American Comparative Politics at University of Haifa in the spring. In short, it promises to be a very interesting and very busy year. Wish me luck.

As with the past year, I expect my updates on this blog to be infrequent, but I will continue to post conference announcements, paper publications, reviews, and thoughts as they seem pressing and relevant. Thank you as always for reading.

Meetings and HaDag Nachash


Wednesday was quite a bit less hectic than Tuesday, but no less productive. I spent the morning answering emails and making phone calls, as usual, to set up meetings for the coming week, and doing more exploratory research.

After lunchtime, our landlord arrived from Tel Aviv to inspect the apartment, pick up a year’s worth of rent cheques, and to have us sign the tenancy agreement. It was all fairly painless.

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Jerusalem Ulpan: A Candid Review


Now a few days out from ulpan, it seems as good a time as any to look back, assess my experience, and offer a few words of wisdom for anyone who might be interested in the program.

For those who have not been following my dispatches, for the last five and a half weeks, I have been enrolled in the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s “Jerusalem Ulpan” program. This 140 hour program is shorter than their “Summer Ulpan” (200 hours) which runs from the beginning of August to nearly the end of September. Both programs require 5.5 hours of classroom time a day, 5 days a week (Sunday-Thursday). Unlike the Summer Ulpan, the timeframe of the Jerusalem Ulpan does not allow for a completion of an entire level of Hebrew instruction. Levels for both sessions range from Ramat Aleph (elementary) to Ramat Vav (upper advanced).

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