Optional Thesis

Students who wish and are qualified to write a thesis are invited to do so. This is an independent research work of approximately 15,000-20,000 words exploring a subject/research question. In order to qualify for acceptance, a student is required to finish the first semester with an average of at least 86 in the core courses (excluding the seminar).

 

In addition, the student needs to make contact with one of the faculty members listed below and get his/her acceptance to guide the writing of the thesis on an approved topic. The student will then take the Research Methods course in the second semester and begin work on the thesis. The student will be required to enroll for a fourth semester (extra tuition of $3,500); an extension of two additional semesters beyond that semester ($500 each semester) will be granted if necessary.

 

See below faculty members who can supervise a thesis, with their areas of specialty:

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Prof. Isaac Ben Israel

Prof. Isaac Ben Israel

Technology and war, Intelligence, Israel's security and strategic doctrine

Email: itzik@post.tau.ac.il

Prof. Azar Gat

Prof. Azar Gat

History and theory of War, strategic doctrines, the causes of war, democracy and war, the democratic peace thesis, nationalism and war, Israeli security and strategic doctrine

Email: azargat@post.tau.ac.il

Dr. Udi Sommer

Dr. Udi Sommer

Udi Sommer studies political institutions in a comparative perspective with a special interest in constitutional, legal, and judicial evolution. His scholarship published in outlets such as the Comparative Political Studies and the Law and Society Review examines questions of rights in a comparative framework, law and security policy, and the interface of international and national law.

Email: udi.sommer@gmail.com

Prof. Tamar Meisels

Prof. Tamar Meisels

Normative (moral and legal) aspects of terrorism, security, war and nationalism. Just war theory. Territorial rights

Email: meisels@post.tau.ac.il

Dr. Tal Sadeh

Dr. Tal Sadeh

International political economy, the political economy of the European Union, the political economy of the Middle East, global economic governance and international organizations

Email: talsadeh@post.tau.ac.il

Prof. Yossi Shain

Prof. Yossi Shain

The intersection of comparative politics and international relations, role of diasporas and exiles in international relations, domestic regime changes in the international arena, Jewish diplomacy and the Jewish lobby 

Email: shain@post.tau.ac.il

Dr. Uriya Shavit

Modern Islamic Law, Modern Islamic politics, Muslim minorities in the West, Democracy Studies

Email: uriya.shavit@googlemail.com

Dr. Amir Lupovici

Deterrence, Israel's security policy, constructivism in international relations, information warfare

Email: amirl@post.tau.ac.il

Dr. Uriel Abulof

Political legitimation, existentialism, social movements, nationalism and ethnic conflicts

Email: uriel@post.tau.ac.il

Dr. Hanna Lerner

Comparative constitution writing, religion and politics, international labor rights and global governance.

Email: hanni.lerner@gmail.com

Prof. Alberto Spektorowski

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