Dr. Sarit Bensimhon-Peleg is a researcher and program director in the program for developing models of collaborative governance in local authorities at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. She is the former academic director of the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University (2007–2014). Until recently she was the Measurement and Evaluation Officer at Yad Hanadiv (a Rothschild family philanthropic trust). She is one of the founding members of the Shaharit think tank.
Her volunteer work includes membership in the experts' committee that accompanied the social protest in the summer of 2011, membership in the board of directors of the Social Economic Academy, and membership in the academic committee of the Shalem Foundation.
Bensimhon-Peleg has a BA in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in political theory from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Her dissertation focuses on the justification of universal human rights in a multicultural world and the tension between universalist and particularistic arguments. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University.
Between 2012 and 2014, Bensimhon-Peleg, with Dr. Amir Paz-Fuchs, composed the Annual Report of Privatization and Nationalization in Israel, published by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.