Israel Studies ProgramScholarship, Courses & Events

The Israel Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington promotes the academic study of the histories, cultures, and politics of the State of Israel, Zionism in its various forms and iterations, and the communities of British and Ottoman Palestine, in regional and comparative perspective.

Through engaging academic programming for campus and community audiences and opportunities for student funding and support, the program lends critical insight into unfolding conversations, many with relevance far beyond Israel, about nationalism, liberalism, citizenship, globalization, technology, religion, ethnicity, migration, and the military.

Israel Studies prides itself on dynamic partnerships with other programs on campus, particularly the Sephardic Studies Program, the Middle East Center, the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, (which offers Hebrew and other Middle Eastern language programs), and the Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies Ph.D. Program. Israel Studies engages and welcomes the participation of people from diverse personal backgrounds, academic disciplines, and political perspectives related to Israel/Palestine, encouraging connections between those who may not normally learn with or from one another.

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Study the histories, societies, cultures, and politics of the State of Israel through our range of courses. Learn more.

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Make a gift to support Israel Studies at the University of Washington and Israel-related scholarship and programming. Learn more >

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The Israel Studies Program brings scholars, writers, and thinkers from diverse disciplines to campus to explore issues related to the State of Israel. View events.

Graduate Fellows Oded Oron and Esra Bakkalbasioglu

Graduate students from across the University conduct research on a wide range of topics in Israel Studies. Learn more about our students.

About the Israel Studies Program

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Photo by Katherine Turner.

Housed in the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, part of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the Israel Studies Program brings together distinguished faculty with expertise in modern Israel and offers students multiple disciplinary perspectives on the Israeli state, including history, sociology, law, environment, technology, science and culture.