Prof. Yossi Shain


Yale University, Political Science Ph.D. 1988
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Yossi Shain is the Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University where he also serves as the Head of the Aba Eben Program of Diplomacy and Co-Chair of the MA Program in Political Leadership. He is also a Full Professor of Comparative Government and Diaspora Politics at Georgetown University and the Founding Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization. In 2007 he served pro-bono as President of the Western Galilee College.


Professor Shain earned his BA in Philosophy (1981) (with distinction) and MA in Political Science (1983) from Tel Aviv University, and received his Ph.D. in Political Science (with distinction) from Yale University in 1988. Since 1989, he has taught Political Science at Tel Aviv University, where he served as Department Chair from 1996 to 1999 and Head of the Hartog School of Government from 2003 to 2007. From 2004 to 2008 he co-directed (with Peter Berkowitz) the Israeli Program on Constitutional Government. He also held visiting appointments at Yale University, Wesleyan University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Middlebury College. He was also a senior fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, and visiting scholar at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University. In 2010 he was as visiting Professor at the Sciences Po, Paris. Prior to his appointment as Full Professor at Georgetown University in 2002, Prof. Shain was the Aaron and Cecile Goldman visiting professor in the Department of Government from 1999 to 2002. 


Outside the academy he has served on national and international committees related to Diaspora and migration policies, security and human rights, and the Jewish World. He also worked with NGOs and Governmental agencies in Israel, the US, Mexico, and Russia and with research groups attached to the United Nations.


Selected Publications

Prof. Shain won scholarly awards and honors including, the American Political Science Association's Helen Dwight Reed Award for best doctoral dissertation in International Politics, International Fulbright award, and Israel's Allon Fellowship for distinguished young scholars. He also received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and other American, Swiss, French and German foundations for his work on nationalism, ethnicity and Diaspora politics.  


Shain is the author and editor of eight books. They include, The Frontier of Loyalty: Political Exiles in the Age of the Nation-State (1989; 2nd edition Michigan University Press, 2005, Hebrew edition, 2006); Between States: Interim Governments and Democratic Transitions (with Juan J. Linz) (Cambridge University Press, 1995),  Marketing the American Creed Abroad: Diasporas in the U.S. and Their Homelands (Cambridge University Press, 1999) --  awarded the 2000 Best Book of the Year Prize by the Israeli Political Science Association --  and Kinship and Diasporas in International Affairs (Michigan University Press, 2007). His latest book The Language of Corruption and Israel's Moral Culture received national acclaim when it appeared in Hebrew in 2010 (Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir). An English edition is forthcoming. He also edited Governments-in-Exile in Contemporary World Politics (Routledge, 1991), and co-edited Democracy: the Challenges Ahead (with Aharon Kleiman) (St. Martin's, 1997) and Collective Memory in International Affairs (with Eric Langenbacher) Georgetown University Press, 2010).


Shain also published more than fifty articles in academic journals and edited books. His articles appeared in International Organization, Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, Political Science Q, Journal of Democracy, Government and Opposition, Nations and Nationalism and many more. He also contributes articles to newspapers and magazines in Israel and in the US and his writings appeared in The New York Times, New Haven Register, Ha'aretz and Jerusalem Post. He provides regular commentaries to TV and Radio in the US, Europe, Canada and Israel and he is has appeared on CNN, BBC, CNBC, PBS, Al Jazzira, NPR, and The News Hour.

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