Dr. Chen Bram

Chen Bram
Research Fellow
Fields of Practice: 
multiculturalism, ethnicity and immigration, multicultural policy, diaspora peoples, nationalism

Dr. Chen Bram is an anthropologist and organizational psychologist. He is a research fellow at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University, involved in anthropological research. He also teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University. Bram is a graduate of the Mandel Institute for Educational Leadership, and has completed additional studies in comparative religion and philosophy. He has also worked with various organizations and projects as an organizational counselor and group facilitator. Furthermore, he is a certified and licensed tour-guide.
Bram received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His dissertation was entitled "Ethnic Categorization and Cultural diversity – A View from the Margins: Caucasus Jews between Europe and Asia." His work focuses on issues of diversity, multiculturalism and ethnic relations in Israeli society and other societies. Bram conducted field work in Israel, the Caucasus region and Central Asia, especially among Adyghe (Circassians) and Jews of the Caucasus (Juhur).

The fields of research in which he is interested also include ethnicity and immigration; Islam and ethnicity in the Caucasus; Diaspora peoples; and anthropology of the Jews. Combining his academic interests with practical applications, he has worked with immigrants from the Former Soviet Union; initiated and managed a project to promote immigrant leadership in the Mandel School of Educational Leadership; and served as an advisor to the Ministry for Immigrant Absorption. He taught in the Land of Israel Studies Department at Beit Berl College, and planned and facilitated the project "One Space – Multiple Identities" in the Galilee. He has participated in projects on conflict resolution, and guided geographical cultural tours in India, China and Central Asia.

At The Van-Leer Jerusalem Institute, Bram served as facilitator of the research projects on "Human Dignity in Israeli Society," "Identity and Sovereignty" (together with Prof. Hanan Alexander and Prof. Naftali Rothenberg), and Jerusalem Mosaic. Currently he is the academic director of the research group on Anthropological Knowledge (with Prof. Harvey E. Goldberg) and participates in research groups, such as Public Policy and Multiculturalism in Israel, Anthropology Now and Religion and Class in Israel.

Publications in the Institute