Dov Waxman

Areas of Study

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Israeli Foreign Policy, Israeli Politics and Society, Middle East Politics, Jewish Politics, Diaspora Politics, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, U.S. Foreign Policy, International Relations.


Dov Waxman is Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies at Northeastern University and the co-director of its Middle East Center. An expert on Israel, his research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, and Diaspora Jewry’s relationship with Israel. Originally from London, England, Professor Waxman received his B.A. degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He moved to the United States for his graduate studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Before joining the faculty at Northeastern University, Professor Waxman was an associate professor of political science at the City University of New York, and an assistant professor of government at Bowdoin College. Professor Waxman has also held fellowships and visiting appointments at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, the Middle East Technical University, the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, the Avraham Harman Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and St. John’s College at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (2006), and the co-author of Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (2011). He is a regularly contributor to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, and a frequent commentator on television and radio.

Major Publications

  • Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (co-authored 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.

Selected Professional Activities

  • Co-Director, Middle East Center, Northeastern University, 2013-Present.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Israel Studies, 2012-Present.
  • Visiting Research Associate, Johns College, University of Oxford, UK, 2012.
  • Visiting Scholar, Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, UK, 2012.
  • Visiting Scholar, Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel,
  • Associate Editor, Israel Studies Forum, 2005-2010.
  • Recipient of Eugene M. Lang Research Fellowship, 2007-2008.
  • Visiting Fellow, The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 2006-2007.
  • Awarded Whiting Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, 2006-2007.
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2000-2001.
  • Visiting Fellow, The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1999-2000.


  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict (POLS 3470)
  • Modern Israel (INTL 2100)
  • International Relations (POLS 1160)