Israel Studies at Binghamton offers undergraduate students courses, lectures, programs, grants and fellowships to examine the history, literature, and culture of modern Israel. Grants are available to support undergraduate research and creative work.

For more information, contact Center Director, Professor Randy Friedman.

New Minor in Israel Studies

A new minor in Israel Studies allows students to pursue research and coursework in the history, politics, literatures, and cultures of Modern Israel.

The minor requires six courses, including History of Modern Israel, and a course in state and society.| Read More

For more information please email Professor Friedman.

Affiliated Faculty

Drawn from many Departments and disciplines across Harper College, CIS faculty work on a wide range of issues in Israel Studies.

Learn more about our Affiliated Faculty.

New Fall Mini Course

Contemporary Israeli Lit: Sayed Kashua's Dancing ArabsThis mini course in Israeli Literature will examine the tensions and complexities of life in Israel through a close and slow reading of Sayed Kashua’s novel Dancing Arabs. The language of instruction will be English. The text will be read in Hebrew, with an available English translation. All secondary materials will be in English.

2-Credits / Tues/Thurs 2:50-4:15pm

New Winter-term Study Abroad Field Course with Prof. Rabineau

Join Professor Rabineau for a 3 credit course in Israel this Winter! "Walking and Waymarking in Israel." For details, click here.

Israel Studies Undergrad Research and Creative Work Grant

This award is designed to support Binghamton University students' independent research or creative work. The Center for Israel Studies supports research in the history, politics, literatures, and cultures of Israel.  To qualify, your project must be supervised by a Binghamton University faculty member, and you must be enrolled for independent study credit (2 or 4) or honors thesis credit at Binghamton University during fall 2016. Funding is competitive and award amounts vary. The maximum award is $500.  

For more information and to apply click right here. 

Application deadline: Ongoing.


We welcome new Assistant Professor of Israel Studies Lior Libman this Fall. Professor Libman specializes in Kibbutz literature and the cultural history of Socialist Zionism. She teaches courses in Hebrew and Israeli Literature.

Check out our Faculty's recent work and sample publications here.

Job Opening in Israel Studies

This position is the third of three cluster hires in Israel Studies and the successful candidate will be a member of both the Judaic Studies Department and the new Center for Israel Studies (see binghamton.edu/israel-studies/).

This position is affiliated with the Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (see binghamton.edu/tae/).

Area of Specialization: Social Science. Areas of competence: Open. Comparative approaches are encouraged. A successful candidate will have a strong research program. Possible courses include Israel-Palestine, Israel-Arab relations, Israeli Government. Teaching experience preferred. 

To apply, click here.

Support Israel Studies at Binghamton

Support Judaic Studies
Please go to the Binghamton University Foundation website and follow the Foundation instructions.

 The Center for Israel Studies is funded in part through a generous grant from the Israel Institute.

Last Updated: 10/22/16