Dr. Shlomo Fischer teaches sociology in Tel Aviv University and in the School of Education at Hebrew University. He was awarded his PhD degree in 2007 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include the nexus of religion, politics and class in Israel, contemporary religion and Jewish historical sociology. As a research fellow in The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, he heads the research group on Religion and Class in Israel, which focuses upon the relationship of religion to social stratification and social class, and the interaction of religion with material factors. He also directs the international research project on Personal Experience and the Validation of Identity in Contemporary Religion. This project, which is in its initial stages, attempts to challenge conventional views of contemporary political and resurgent religion by showing that such movements incorporate, or are based upon, modern cultural themes and premises.
Fischer has worked in the field of education for the past 25 years. In the past 10 years he has worked in the field of religion, democracy and tolerance. From 1996-2007 he has been the founder and executive director of Yesodot – Center for Torah and Democracy which works to advance education for democracy in the State-Religious school sector in Israel and he has been one of the founders and is on the Board of the International Summer School for Religion and Public Life which is based in Boston, Mass. He is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem.