The EAIS is overseen by the Executive Committee.
Dr Alan Craig
Alan Craig is the Pears Lecturer in Israel and Middle East Studies at the University of Leeds School of InternationalPolitics, 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.
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.
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.
Prof Joanna Dyduch
Joanna Dyduch is an assistant professor at the Department of European Studies University of Wrocław in Poland. She completed her PhD in political science. Author of several scientific articles devoted to foreign policy analysis and Europeanisation processes in the field of EU member states’ foreign policy as well as the EU external relations. Currentlysheis developing a research project on EU-Israel relations. Joanna is an author, editor and co-editor of books (e.g. Polish-Israeli Relations 1990-2010. From normalization to strategic partnership, Publishing House: TRIO, Warszawa 2010, Selected Politics of the European Union. Evolution in the context of the Lisbon Treaty and the Europe 2020 Strategy, Publishing House: ASPRA, Warszawa 2012, European Union Development. Challenges and Strategies, Publishing House: ASPRA, Warszawa 2013, European Union as an Global Actor. Political integration: identity issues and foreign policy, Publishing House: ASPRA, Warszawa 2014, Europeanisation of Polish Foreign Policy in the structural realism perspective, Wrocław University Press, 2016). Joanna cooperates with IZROPA Institute’s first analytical unit in Poland, dedicated to the analysis of Israeli-European relations (http://www.izropa.pl/eng/).
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.
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 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.