Dr. Hagai Boas

Dr. Hagai Boas
Academic Director of the Science, Technology, and Civilization Cluster
Fields of Practice: 
Medical sociology, bioethics, political economy

Dr. Hagai Boas heads the Science, Technology, and Civilization Cluster at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He wrote his PhD dissertation in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University (2009) under the supervision of Prof. Yehouda Shenhav and Prof. Hanna Herzog. His dissertation, titled "The Value of Altruism: The Political Economy of Organ Supply," discusses the interrelations between medical technology, political economy, and morality. His research interests are mainly in the field of medical sociology. His work has been published in leading journals such as Social Science and Medicine and American Journal of Transplantation. Dr. Boas was the lead editor of Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel, a collection of essays and research articles on the social, legal, and political aspects of bioethics in Israel. His book The Plural Me: The Political Economy of Organ Transplantations (Hebrew, forthcoming under the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute’s Theory in Context Series) encapsulates his work on the ethics of organ transplants. He has also published articles on vaccinations and social solidarity, brain death and religiosity, popular science, and bioethics. From 2001 to 2013 he was the chief editor of the celebrated popular science radio program "The University on Air," in which he produced nearly 100 programs on a wide range of academic disciplines. From 2012 to 2017 he served as the academic director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Boas is a member of the editorial board of Theory and Criticism and serves as a referee in leading international and local journals.

Dr. Hagai Boas joined the Van Leer Jerusalem institute in July 2017.