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 Yael is Associate Professor of International Relations. She is a recipient of the MSU 2011 Teacher-Scholar Award. She is interested in Israeli politics and foreign policy, Israeli society and culture, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Israel’s asymmetric wars with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah. Her book, The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard Liners Opt for Peace, was published by Cambridge University Press (2014), compares and contrasts six Israeli prime ministers and their decision-making on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Aronoff has published in Foreign Policy, Israel Studies, Israel Studies Review, Israel Studies Forum, and Political Science Quarterly, and is book review editor for Israel Studies Review; she is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Israel Studies. Professor Aronoff led the MSU Jewish Studies Summer Program at Hebrew University’s Rothberg School in 2007, 2010 and in 2013.
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