Faculty and Staff


 Dr. Keren Sharvit - Head of ProgramKeren




Dr. Sharvit joined the faculty of the University of Haifa in 2010, as part of the process of creating the new MA Program in Peace and Conflict Management (PCM). Since then she has served as a faculty member in the PCM program as well as in the Department of Psychology, and in 2014 she was appointed as the head of the PCM program. Prior to joining the University of Haifa, Dr. Sharvit spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Center for Conflict Research Management and Resolution, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and two additional years as a postdoctoral research associate at the Department   of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on social-psychological processes involved in intergroup conflicts, especially intense and protracted conflicts. Some of her specific research topics include the role societal beliefs and ideologies in conflict, effects of exposure to violence and terrorism, emotions their regulation in conflict situation and motivations for violence and extremism.

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  Prof. Edy Kaufman EdyKaufman2




Prof. Edward (Edy) Kaufman completed his B.A. in Sociology and Political Science and M.A. in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his doctoral dissertation at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and conducted post-doctoral studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He is a Senior Researcher at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management and its former Director and held earlier similar positions in the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University. In the last years, he has been teaching at the Department of Government and Politics of the University of Maryland and in the Government and Diplomacy Program of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlyiah.

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 sondraProf. Sondra Rubenstein








Prof. Sondra M. Rubenstein joined the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2001, after retiring from Hofstra  University (N.Y.), where she headed the Journalism & Media Studies Department. In the Communication Department, she taught two courses: a Seminar, The Media in War & Crises and The Media, Politics & Public Opinion. For the M.A. program Peace & Conflict Management, Sondra has been teaching The Media in Peace & Conflict Management. Her Ph.D., from Columbia University (N.Y., 1983), is in Political Science, International  Relations/Middle East Studies. Her dissertation, The Communist Movement in Palestine: 1919-1947, was published under the title: The Communist Movement in Palestine & Israel: 1919-1984 (Westview Publ., Colorado, 1985). Sondra received two Fulbright Awards: one to participate in the German Seminar on Communication Science & Technology (Summer 1997), and the second was to Lecture/ Research in the Political Science Department of Moldova State University in Chisinau (1999-2000), where she taught two courses: International Relations and American Foreign Policy. Her publications include Surveying Public Opinion (CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1995), many articles on diverse subjects and book chapters.


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Prof. Itzchak Weismann






He is Associate Professor of Islamic studies and until recently Director of the Jewish-Arab Center at Haifa University. He completed his studies with distinction at Haifa University and Post-Doctorates at Princeton University and Oxford University. His research interests focus on Islamic movements in the Middle East and South Asia, Sufism, modern Islamic thought and the Jewish-Arab conflict. He works to promote Jewish-Arab relations and interfaith dialogue in Israel among students and the public at large.He is the author of: Taste of Modernity: Sufism, Salafiyya, and Arabism in Late Ottoman Damascus, Brill, 2001, The Naqshbandiyya: Orthodoxy and Activism in a Worldwide Sufi Tradition, Routledge, 2007, Ottoman Reform and Islamic Regeneration, I.B. Tauris, 2005 (co-editor) Islamic Myths and Memories: Mediators of Globalization, Ashgate: 2014 (co-editor)

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Dr. Harry Frey


Dr. Harry Freycompleted his undergraduate studies is Social Sciences and Social work in Australia. He completed his M.A in Community work in Haifa University and has for many years has been a community practitioner helping to establish the Association for Community Development, Acre. His doctoral studies and thesis from Ruskin University England was on the subject of ethnic community conflict and is based on research both in Israel and Northern Ireland.

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 Nimrod Dr. Nimrod Rosler 




Dr. Nimrod Rosler is currently a Lady Davis post-doctoral fellow at the Swiss Center for Conflict Research. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the Swiss Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and spent the last two years as a Visiting Israel Professor at the Center for Global and International Studies, the University of Kansas. His research interests include political and psychological dynamics of intractable conflicts, peace processes, and leadership.

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 carmelaDr. Carmela Lutmar





Researcher  , Ph.D., Political Science, New York University, 2004. Research Interests:  Causes of War and Peace, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Theories in  International Relations, Leaders, Civil Wars, State Building.

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Dr. Chen Kertcher





Dr. Chen Kertcher received his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in 2010 for his dissertation The United Nations and Peacekeeping in Cambodia, Former Yugoslavia and Somalia, 1988-1995. From 2010 to 2013 he worked on effects of peace-building measures during conflict for the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research in Tel Aviv University. Currently he is a research fellow at Haifa University for the project of Liberal Democracies facing Asymmetric Conflicts. He is also a member of the Jerusalem based Herzl Institute working on strategic alternatives for Israel. His research interests include Global history, international politics and security; comparison studies of conflicts; peace operations and peace building measures. He is an author of several monographs and papers on peace operations and peace building issues. He lectures on Global History, Conflict Resolution, peace building and Peacekeeping Operations in Tel Aviv University, Haifa University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC).

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Dr. Ran Kuttner







Dr. Ran Kuttner recently returned to Israel after seven years in the US, in which he was an Associate Professor of  Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the Werner Institute, Creighton University. Preceding his arrival at Creighton, Ran was a Visiting Scholar at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School for three years, where he acted as an Associate Director of the Dispute Resolution Project and where among other research projects he helped redesign and teach the Harvard mediation course, a joint course for law and MBA students.Ran completed his Ph.D. at the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His focus is on relational approaches to conflict resolution and he published articles on mediation, dialogue, leadership, negotiation and conflict resolution pedagogy in leading academic journals. He is a certified mediator and mediation teacher in Israel and consults to organizations and community mediation centers that work towards a more dialogic Israeli society in implementing collaborative conflict engagement approaches.

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 Dr. Ronen Zeidel





Dr. Ronen Zeidel is a historian of the Middle East. He received his MA in 1997 and PhD In 2004 from the University of Haifa. Dr Zeidel specializes on the history of Iraq and serves as deputy head of the Center for Iraq Studies in the University of Haifa. He is the author of dozens of articles on history, natioanl identity, culture and society in Iraq published in leading academic journals worldwide and in Iraq. He is a popular commentator on Middle Eastern affairs in the Israeli and international media. Dr. Zeidel also  teaches classes on the Arab-Israeli conflict, The Arab Spring and the geopolitics of the Middle East in the Universities of Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, working mainly with international students. His class, "Geoplitics of the Middle East" is an unconventional and original  exposition of Middle Eastern realities based on a wide variety of themes from oil to the distribution of populations and   from minorit ies to the political system, ending with a unique presentation of the Palestinian-Israei conflict. This class received very high evaluations from international and Israeli students. Dr Zeidel speaks, in addition to Hebrew, English, Spanish, Arabic, French and some Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian. 

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