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Gábor Balázs received his PhD at Bar Ilan University in Israel. He teaches Jewish and general Philosophy at the University of Szeged. His main research interests are Ethics and Political Philosophy, Israel Studies, and contemporary theories of Jewish identity. He is a board member of Limmud Hungary, the former director of the Israeli Cultural Institute in Budapest, and the former headmaster of the school of the Orthodox Jewish Community of Hungary.

Raphael Cohen-Almagor is an educator, researcher, human rights activist, and Chair in Politics and Director of the Middle East Study Group, University of Hull, UK. He was Visiting Professor at UCLA and Johns Hopkins and Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His recent publications include Speech, Media and Ethics (2001), The Scope of Tolerance (2006), The Democratic Catch (2007), and Public Responsibility in Israel (2012)., and

Miriam Feldheim is a doctoral candidate at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is the 2010 recipient of the Elton PhD Scholarship. Her particular area of interest is religion and democracy, especially in Israel, and the status of minorities in democracies. Her doctoral research is based on the work of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) in Jerusalem, the legal and advocacy department of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism. Her thesis looks specifically at IRAC and the Reform Movement in relation to issues of religion and state in Israel and pluralism as a model for religion-state relations. Previously she completed postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne where her honors thesis, Land, Its Symbolism and Jewish Identity, examined an application by Arab Israeli citizens to lease property on land owned by the Jewish National Fund.

Alexander Kaye is a Tikvah Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. His PhD is from Columbia University, where he completed his dissertation, The Legal Philosophies of Religious Zionism. Alexander received his BA and MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where he wrote a masters dissertation about the semikha episode in sixteenth-century Safed. He has been a fellow at Cardozo Law School's Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization [End Page 207] and Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and he received doctoral dissertation fellowships from the ACLS/Mellon Foundation, the Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. He also has rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.

Gregory Mahler is Academic Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Politics at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and holds a PhD from Duke University. A former president of the Association for Israel Studies and current member of the editorial board of Shofar, Mahler has published widely on Israeli politics. Of the 28 books that he has authored or edited, almost half are specifically focused upon politics in Israel. His book on Israeli politics, Politics and Government in Israel: The Maturation of a Modern State, was recently released in a second edition by Rowman and Littlefield and his introductory text, Comparative Politics, was published in five editions by Prentice Hall. His new and expanded Principles of Comparative Politics was recently released by Pearson.

Aviad Rubin is an assistant professor in the School of Political Science, University of Haifa and holds a PhD in political science from McGill University. Before joining the faculty at University of Haifa, Dr. Rubin held the Rabin Fellowship at the Hebrew University as well as an Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Rubin specializes in the intersection between democratic theory and identity politics, with particular emphasis on religion, nationalism, and language, in the context of the Middle East. His dissertation (2010, in preparation for publication) explored the religion-state relationship in Turkey and Israel and its impact on democratic governance. His research appeared in Government and Opposition (2009) and in the Journal of Peace, Conflict & Development (2006). Dr. Rubin's most recent publication is: "Religious Actors in a Democratic Civil Society: Turkey and Israel Compared," in: B. Turam, ed., Secular State and Religious Society: Two Forces in Play in...


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