Miryam Sivan is originally from New York City. She has been living in Israel since 1995 and received her doctorate at the University of Haifa in 2002. Her research interests are in the field of contemporary American literature and literature of the Shoah. Her book length study, Belonging Too Well: Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction, was published by SUNY Press in 2009. She has numerous published articles on Cynthia Ozick, James Baldwin, and on a number of Israeli writers. She is also a creative writer and has recently completed a novel, Love Match. Her stories have appeared in American and British publication, and two were dramatized in recent years, in London and New York respectively. Her collection of short fiction, SNAFU and other Stories will be published later this year.
Daphna Canetti received her PhD. from the University of Haifa in 2003 under the supervision of Yael Yishai and Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi. She joined the faculty at the University of Haifa in 2004 as an assistant professor. In 2006 she spent a year at Notre Dame University as a Fulbright Fellow and then in 2007-8 a year at Yale as the Rice family visiting professor. Currently an associate professor and director of the graduate program at UOH and teaching at the IDC. Her main research interests are in the political psychology of intergroup relations, with an emphasis on the micro-foundations of political conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. She is particularly interested in the impact of individual-level exposure to terrorism and political violence on war/peace attitudes. She studies psycho-political responses to multiple acts of political violence and terrorism. Methodologically, she uses controlled randomized experiments, spatial analysis, survey experiments, and bio-political research. She has received over $3 million in research grants to study people in conflict zones (NIMH, ISF, BSF etc.) and published in journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Psychiatry - Interpersonal and Biological Processes, Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Armed Forces & Society, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Electoral Studies, Journal of Peace Research, British Journal of Political Science.
Esther Carmel-Hakim is a member of Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet. She has a B. Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada (1979), and an M.A. and Ph.D (2003) in Land of Israel Studies from the University of Haifa. Carmel-Hakim taught in her kibbutz’s Ulpan Hebrew program for new immigrants (1980-82). While teaching English at Megiddo Regional High School she inaugurated a program for improving the integration of teen girls in academic studies. For the past 4 years she has taught in the Land of Israel Department at the University of Haifa. Carmel-Hakim was a visiting lecturer and researcher at the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University (2004-5). Her teaching and research interests include: Women's Zionist Organizations; Women in Israel; Women on the Kibbutz.
Asfahan Bahaloul is a Hebrew University PhD candidate and recepient of a Mandel scholarship for outstanding doctoral students on the subject of "Shaping the Holocaust in the Arab Newspapers", supervised by Dr. Amos Goldberg and Professor Hillel Cohen. Asfahan completed her MA in Communication Studies at the Department of Communication at the University of Haifa with the thesis "Between Al-Karitha and Al-Holocaust: The Framing of the Holocaust in Israel's Arab-language Newspapers". Asfahan received the Strochlitz Intstitute scholarship for the study of the "Representations of the Holocaust in the Israeli Press in Arabic Language", under the supervision of Dr. Oren Meyers and Prof. Mustafa Kabha.