Sara Yael Hirschhorn


University Research Lecturer in Israel Studies; Sidney Brichto Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Wolfson College


Research Interests:

History and Politics of Modern Israel; the Israeli Settler Movement; the Arab-Israeli conflict; Israel in the modern Middle East; U.S.-Israel relations; Immigration; Nationalism and Ultra-nationalism; Religion and State; Women and Gender

Current Projects:

Book Manuscript based upon my dissertation entitled: "City on a Hilltop: The Participation of Jewish-American Immigrants within the Israeli Settler Movement," other shorter journal articles.

Courses Taught:

  • "The History of Modern Israel: State and Society" (Hilary Term, 2014)

Recent Publications:

  • "The Origins of the Redemption in Occupied Suburbia?: The Jewish-American Makings of the West Bank Settlement of Efrat, 1973-1987," (Middle Eastern Studies, forthcoming)
  • " 'A Family Summer Living Experience In Israel - For Less Than the Cost of Summer Camp!': Operation 1000 for the Settlement of Jewish-American Immigrants in the Occupied Territories as a Case Study of Government Incentivization of Ethnic Return Migration" (Israel Studies, forthcoming)

Further Info:

Regular op-ed contributor to Haaretz and other periodicals, as well as frequent public speaker and consultant on Israel and Jewish issues. 

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