Executive Committee

The EAIS is overseen by an Executive Committee of at least six and no more than 12 voting members and a Chair, and a maximum of six non-voting members.

Voting Members

Prof Joanna Dyduch


Prof. Joanna Dyduch is lecturer at the Jagiellonian University in the Institute of the Middle and Far East. She completed her PhD in political science from Wrocław University. Joanna is an author of several scientific articles and books on foreign policy analysis and Europeanisation processes in the field of EU member states’ foreign policy as well as the EU external relations. Recently her research interest concentrates on European-Israeli relations, as well as Israel’s energy and invocation policy. In 2018 Joanna has co-edited Special Issue of the Polish Political Science Yearbook (47/2) on Israeli Studies.

Prof Joanna Dyduch

Dr Yair Wallach

Deputy Chair

Dr. Yair Wallach is a Lecturer in Israeli Studies in SOAS, the University of London, where he is also the head of the SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies. He specialises in cultural, material and social history of modern Palestine/Israel. He has written on topics such as maps as symbols for Zionism and for Palestinian nationalism, “Muslim Jews”, and “shared space” in modern Jerusalem. He is now working on a book on Arabic and Hebrew street texts in Jerusalem under late Ottoman and British rule.

Prof Aide Esu

Dr Jacob Eriksson
Postgraduate Membership Secretary

Jacob Eriksson is a Lecturer in Post-War Recovery Studies at the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York. He holds BA and MA degrees from the War Studies Department at King’s College London and a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS University of London). Jacob’s research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, conflict resolution, and the wider Arab-Israeli conflict. He has contributed to multiple edited collections in these fields, and his first book, Small State Mediation in International Conflicts: Diplomacy and Negotiation in Israel-Palestine, is due to published by IB Tauris in June 2015. This work is based on his PhD, which examined the role of Sweden as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His broader research interests include Middle Eastern politics and security.

Dr Jacob Eriksson

Dr Alan Craig

Alan Craig is the Pears Lecturer in Israel and Middle East Studies at the University of Leeds School of International Politics, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the Israel-Palestine Conflict and Israel Politics and Society. He has published on Israel and the Middle East and his recent publications include International Legitimacy and the Politics of Security: The Strategic Deployment of Lawyers in the Israeli Military (2013). Alan is committed to a scholarly critical engagement with the study of Israel that acknowledges both its achievements and its failures.

Prof Aide Esu

Aide Esu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia.  In 2014  she was Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Pittsburgh (PA). She received a PhD in Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). She directed an interdisciplinary research team of Israeli (Tel Aviv University) and Palestinian scholars (Al Quds) on the topic of shared memories as a new frame to develop a dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Later it inspired the project Crossing Borders, Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah. Her research focuses on conflict intractability, she made ethnographic research on Israeli military public discourse on security, and later ethnography on political land tour organised by Israeli grassroot groups (Machsom Watch, Breaking the Silence, Ir-Amim, Susya Forever). She is the author of several articles, and her recent publication (2015) include Violence and State Building in a Border Conflict Contest,  Contested Geography: the extreme cases of Jerusalem and Hebron.

Prof Aide Esu

Prof Marcella Simoni

Marcella Simoni is a historian and Assistant Professor in History and Institutions of Asia at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she teaches and researches the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Venice she was also a post-doc between 2007-2009 and again in 2011. She holds a Ph.D from the University of London (UCL) and was a research fellow at Brown University (1995; 1997), at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles (2001), at the Centre de Recherche Francais àJerusalem (2009-2010), at INALCO, Paris (2010-2011) and in 2010 received the Alessandro Vaciago Prize for Social and Political Science of the Accademia dei Lincei. Between 2005 and 2009 she also taught regularly at the Florence campus of New York University. Marcella Simoni has published two books on health and welfare during the British Mandate in Palestine, is on the board of the historical journal ‘Passato e Presente’ and is founding member and co-director of the journal ‘Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History’. Her research interests include civil society in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the history of medicine and public health, a focus on history, memory and trauma, cinema in the Middle East and she is currently working on a history of conscientious objection in Israel in the broader framework of Israeli-Palestinians bottom up peace-building activities.

Dr Yonatan Sagiv

Yonatan Sagiv is an author and a scholar of modern Hebrew literature. Currently a research associate of the Centre for Jewish Studies at SOAS, his recent publications include: Indebted: Capitalism and Religion in the Writings of Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Hebrew Union College Press, 2016) and the detective novels No Secret’s Safe with Me and Silence Gives Consent (Keter publishing 2014, 2017). His new novel, She’s a Scream! will be out in 2019.

Dr Amnon Aran

Non-Voting Members

Prof Colin Shindler
Honorary President and Founding Chair

Colin Shindler is Honorary President and Founding Chair of the EAIS. He is an emeritus professor at SOAS University of London and the author of eight books about Israeli history and politics.

Prof Colin Shindler

Mr Jonathan Rawson


Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980. Since then mostly engaged as an Audit Manager in accountancy practices assisting clients in a wide range of business environments, including charitable and not-for-profit clients. Since 2014, engaged as Finance Officer for an NGO.

Prof Lior Libman

Lior Libman is an Assistant Professor of Israel Studies and an Associate Director of the Center for Israel Studies at The State University of New York at Binghamton, where she teaches Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture. She received her PhD in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2014. Before joining SUNY Binghamton in 2016, she was an Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London for two years. In Spring 2017, she was a Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, as part of the research group “Israeli Histories, Societies and Cultures: Comparative Approaches.” Libman’s present research engages the literature and cultural history of the kibbutz and Labour Movement. Her work has been published in Iyunim Bitkumat Israel (Studies in Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel), among other places. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled State of Shock: The Kibbutz Traumatized 1948-1954, which examines the imagery and the political imagination of the kibbutz in the formative years of Israeli statehood.

Ex-Officio Members

Ms Anna Godfrey


Anna Godfrey is the Executive Officer of the EAIS, responsible for event management (Annual Conference, Annual Graduate Workshop, Annual Lecture), e-marketing (social media), and the administration of EAIS affairs, in consultation with the Executive Committee.