Dov Waxman

Dov Waxman

Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies; Co-Director of Middle East Center
education Ph.D., 2002, International Relations
Johns Hopkins University
Mailing address 225E RP
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Dov Waxman is a professor of political science, international affairs, and Israel studies, and the co-director of the Middle East Center at Northeastern University. He specializes in international relations and Middle East politics. He received his PhD in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, where he also received an MA in international relations and international economics.  He has a BA degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University. From 2002-2004, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Bowdoin College. He has been a visiting fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, a visiting scholar at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and a visiting fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He is the author of The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and the co-author (with Ilan Peleg) of Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is a frequent media commentator on U.S. foreign policy, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and Middle East affairs.

Selected Publications


Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (with Ilan Peleg), New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending/Defining the Nation, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Jewish Foreign Policy: Israel, World Jewry, and the Defense of ‘Jewish Interests’,” (co-authored with Scott Lasensky) Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (forthcoming).

“Israel’s Other Palestinian Problem: The Internal Challenge to the Jewish State,” Israel Affairs 19, 1 (2013).

“A Dangerous Divide: The Deterioration of Jewish-Palestinian Relations in Israel,” The Middle East Journal 66, 1 (2012): 11-29.

“Living with terror, not Living in Terror: The Impact of Chronic Terrorism on Israeli Society,” Perspectives on Terrorism 5, no. 5 (2012).

“The Israel Lobbies: A Survey of the Pro-Israel Community in the United States,” Israel Studies Forum 25, 1 (2010): 5-28.

“From Jerusalem to Baghdad?  Israel and the War in Iraq,” International Studies Perspectives 10, 1 (2009): 1-17.

“Neither Ethnocracy nor Bi-Nationalism: In Search of the Middle Ground,” (co-authored with Ilan Peleg) Israel Studies Forum 23, 2 (2008): 55-73.

“From Controversy to Consensus: Cultural Conflict and the Israeli Debate   over Territorial Withdrawal,” Israel Studies 13, 2 (2008): 73-96.

“Ideological Change and Israel’s Disengagement from Gaza,” (co-authored with Jonathan Rynhold) Political Science Quarterly 123, 1 (2008): 1-27.

“Beyond Realpolitik: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Support for Israel,” Israel Studies Forum 22, 2 (2007): 97-114.

“Losing Control?  A Comparison of Majority-Minority Relations in Israel and Turkey,” (co-authored with Ilan Peleg) Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 13, 3 (2007): 431-463.

“Israel’s Dilemma: Unity or Peace?” Israel Affairs 12, 2 (2006): 200-220.

“An Incomplete Revolution: Israeli National Identity, Cultural Change and The Camp David II Negotiations,” Israel Studies Forum 19, 3 (2004): 140-157.

“Between Isolation and Integration: The Jewish Dimension in Israeli Foreign Policy,” Israel Studies Forum 19, 1 (2003): 34-56.

“Islam and Turkish National Identity: A Reappraisal,” Turkish Yearbook of International Relations 30 (2000): 1-22.

“A Tragic Hero: The Decline and Fall of Ehud Barak,” Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs 6, 2 (2001): 71-88.

Book Chapters

“Identity Matters:  The Oslo Peace Process and Israeli National Identity,” in Democracy and Conflict Resolution: The Dilemmas of Israel’s Peacemaking, eds. Miriam Elman, Hendrik Spruyt, and Oded Haklai, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, forthcoming.

“The Jewish Diaspora and the Pro-Israel Lobby,” in Routledge Handbook of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, eds. David Newman and Joel Peters, New York: Routledge, 2012.

“Religion in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” in Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security, eds. Chris Seiple, Dennis R. Hoover, and Pauletta Otis, New York: Routledge, 2012.

“Ideological Change and Israel’s Disengagement from Gaza,” co-author Jonathan Rynhold, in Religion, Democracy, and Politics in the Middle East, eds. Daniel Byman and Marylena Mantas, New York: Academy of Political Science, 2012.

“The Pro-Israel Lobby in the United States: Past, Present, and Future,” in Israel and the United States: Six Decades of US-Israeli Relations, ed. Robert O. Freedman, Boulder, CO: Westview, 2012, pp. 79-99.

“A War for Israel?  Israel and the War in Iraq,” in US-Israeli Relations in a New Era: Issues and Challenges after 9/11, eds. Eytan Gilboa and Efraim Inbar, New York: Routledge, 2009, pp. 125-139.

Entries on “Ehud Olmert,” “Benjamin Netanyahu,” “Tzipi Livni,” “Amir Peretz,” in Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, ed. Michael R. Fischbach, Farmington Hills, Michigan: Thomson/Gale, 2007.

“Israeli Foreign and Defense Policy and Diaspora Jewish Identity: A Commentary,” in Israel and Diaspora Jewish Identity, eds. Danny Ben-Moshe and Zohar Segev, Brighton, UK: Sussex Academic Press, 2007, pp. 160-163.


The Crisis of Identity in Post-Kemalist Turkey: Domestic Discord and Foreign Policy, London: Research Institute for the Study of Conflict and Terrorism, 1998.

The Islamic Republic of Iran:  Between Revolution and Realpolitik, London: Research Institute for the Study of Conflict and Terrorism, 1998.

Immigration and Identity: A New Security Perspective in Euro-Maghreb Relations, London: Research Institute for the Study of Conflict and Terrorism, 1997.

Articles in Non-Refereed Journals

“The Real Problem in U.S.–Israeli Relations,” The Washington Quarterly 35, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 71-87.

“Israel’s Palestinian Minority in the Two-State Solution: The Missing Dimension,” Middle East Policy 18, no. 4 (Winter 2011): 68-82.

“Between Victory and Defeat: Israel after the War with Hizballah,” The Washington Quarterly 30, 1 (2006-07): 27-43.

“A Dream Become Nightmare?  Turkey’s Entry into the European Union,” (co-authored with Ersel Aydinli) Current History 100, 649 (2001): 381-388.

“A Jewish Affair,” World Policy Journal 17, 4 (2000/01): 75-82.

“Terrorizing Democracies,” The Washington Quarterly 23, 1 (2000): 15-19.

“Terrorism: The War of the Future,” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 23, 2 (1999): 201-208.

“Turkey-Israel: A New Balance of Power in the Middle East,” The Washington Quarterly 22, 1 (1999): 25-32.

“From Umma to State: The Iranian Revolution in Perspective,” Georgetown Compass Journal 7, 1 (1998): 53-64.

Selected Honors & Awards

PSC-CUNY Research Award, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2012-2013.

Eugene M. Lang Research Fellowship, 2007-2008.

Whiting Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, 2006-2007.

Dean’s Award for Special Service to Students, Weisman School of Arts and Sciences, Baruch College, City University of New York, 2005.

Doctoral Dissertation Grant, Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy, Ben Gurion University, 2000-2001.

PhD Scholarship Award, Johns Hopkins University, 1998-2002.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors, Association for Israel Studies, 2005-present.

Manuscript reviewer for American Political Science Review, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Policy, International Journal of Middle East Studies, International Studies Perspectives, Israel Studies Forum, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, New York University Press, Stanford University Press, Columbia University Press, Routledge, Rowman & Littlefield.

Mellon Sawyer Faculty Fellow in the Mellon Seminar Series on “Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences,” The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2012-2013.

Associate Editor, Israel Studies Forum, 2005-2010.

Assistant Editor, SAIS Review: Journal of International Affairs, 1999.

Research Assistant, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1997-1999.

Intern, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1997.

Congressional Fellow, United States House of Representatives, 1995.

Trainee Reporter, The Sunday Times, 1995.