On June 12, Northeastern University named Dov Waxman as the new co-director of its Middle East Center. Prior to the announcement, a single director, Denis Sullivan, headed the department.
Waxman plans to bring greater balance in course coverage to Northeastern’s Middle East Center, which has become a hotbed of controversy because of the campaign waged by Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), which exposes anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment in higher education. “Very often universities’ Middle East Centers, for a variety of reasons, neglect or exclude Israel from their discussion,” Waxman said.
The new co-director plans on teaching a host of courses at Northeastern that focus on Israel rather than just its Arab neighbors. Waxman hopes to teach courses on the effects of the Arab Spring on Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli politics and foreign policy, and international relations. Waxman intends to provide an open forum for discussion that encourages the study of multiple viewpoints on controversial topics such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Currently Waxman serves as an associate professor of political science at Baruch College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His primary academic focus is on Israeli politics and society, and he has closely examined issues of Israeli identity and its connection to Jewishness, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In addition to teaching, Waxman will program campus events related to Israel and the Middle East.