Dr. Natalie Levy

Former Academic coordinator and program director of the area of the challenge of Living Together

Employed at the VLJI until 2023

Natalie Levy has a PhD in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University, and is a social activist.

Levy’s research focuses on the integration of students from various groups in the education system. In her doctoral dissertation she is comparing Jewish and Arab schools that happen to be integrated because of external circumstances with those that are integrated for ideological reasons. This research garnered the Israeli President's Fellowship for Excellence and Scientific Innovation in 2018.

Over the past two decades she has devoted most of her time to social-change organizations dealing with Jewish–Arab relations and dialogue groups, and between 2016 and 2019 she chaired the Junior Academic Staff Association of Tel Aviv University. Since 2019 she is the director of the Ideas Division in Shaharit Institute. At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute she participated in the research group titled From a Sociology of Suspicion to a Sociology of Meaning: On Living Together with Difference Within and Beyond Liberal Imagination, and since 2020 she has been the academic director of the Institute’s Challenge of Living Together area.

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