Prof. Nissim Mizrachi, former Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University (2013-2016), earned his master’s degree summa cum laude at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was subsequently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a doctorate in the United States. Prof. Mizrachi holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, after which he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. His research areas include the sociology of knowledge, medicine and culture, social boundaries, identity, morality and social justice, modernity and liberalism, ethnic studies and stigma, and social theory.
Prof. Mizrachi has received many awards and grants, including the 2008 Clifford Geertz Prize for the best article in the sociology of culture, awarded by the American Sociological Association; the 2012 Israel Sociological Society award for best article; and the 2011 Tel Aviv University rector’s award for outstanding teaching. In 2016 he served as a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology, the University of California, Berkeley. His publications have appeared in leading international journals such as American Sociological Review, American Ethnologist, Social Science and Medicine, and Sociology of Health and Illness. In 2012, together with Prof. Michèle Lamont of Harvard University’s Department of Sociology, he was the guest editor of a special issue of the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies. Their book Getting Respect, written in collaboration with an international research team, was published in 2016 by Princeton University Press.
At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Prof. Mizrachi heads the research group entitled From a Sociology of Suspicion to a Sociology of Meaning, which includes sociologists and anthropologists from several academic institutions in Israel. He also lectures in the Institute's summer program for young intellectual leadership, entitled Intellectual Journeys.