Prof. Nissim Mizrachi

Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Challenge of Living Together area

Prof. Nissim Mizrachi headed the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University in 2013–2016. He has an MA (summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He completed his PhD with a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his postdoctoral studies at Harvard. He has received many prizes and awards, including the Clifford Geertz Prize for best article in the sociology of culture for 2008, from the American Sociology Association; the award of the Israel Sociological Society for best article in 2012; and the rector’s prize for excellence in teaching at Tel Aviv University in 2011.

He was a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2016. His articles have appeared in influential journals worldwide. In 2012 he was the guest co-editor of a special issue of the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies with Prof. Michel Lamont of the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. Their book, Getting Respect, written with an international team of scholars, appeared in 2016 (Princeton University Press).

At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Prof. Mizrachi heads the Challenge of Living Together area; leads the research group From a Sociology of Suspicion to a Sociology of Meaning, which includes sociologists and anthropologists from several academic institutions in Israel; and is a lecturer in the Intellectual Journeys summer program for young intellectual leadership.

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