Yael Aronoff [Ph.D. PLS, Columbia U.] is the Director of Jewish Studies and the Michael and Elaine Serling and Friends Chair in Israel Studies. This Jewish Studies position is sited in James Madison College, where Dr. Aronoff is Associate Professor of Political Science. She is a recipient of the MSU 2011 Teacher-Scholar Award and the 2015 MSU John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs Award. Dr. Aronoff is interested in research and teaching regarding Israeli politics, cultures, and society, as well as foreign policy. She is particularly interested in peace negotiations and the conditions under which wars end, as well as the means and limits of war. Her book, The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard-Liners Opt for Peace, was published by Cambridge University Press (2014), and compares and contrasts six Israeli prime ministers and their decision-making on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Aronoff’s current book project, The Dilemmas of Asymmetric Conflicts: Navigating Deterrence and Democratic Constraints, focuses primarily on the experiences of Israel and of the United States, and explores the tensions faced by democracies fighting long-standing asymmetric wars, as they juggle traditional military doctrines with the restraint needed to maintain domestic and international legitimacy as well as uphold international humanitarian law. Dr. Aronoff has published in Foreign Policy, Israel Studies, Israel Studies Review, Israel Studies Forum, and Political Science Quarterly, was book review editor for Israel Studies Review; and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Israel Studies for the past eight years. Professor Aronoff led the MSU Jewish Studies Summer Program at Hebrew University’s Rothberg School in 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2017. She has given approximately 100 public lectures and provides lectures as part of the Association of Jewish Studies Distinguished Lectureship Program.
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