José Brunner holds a joint appointment as Full Professor at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. Currently he is Director of the Cohn Institute. At the Faculty of Humanities he also chairs the Eva & Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness, where he edits the journal History & Memory. He founded the Interdisciplinary Study Program for Law and the Humanities in 2010 and co-established Israel’s first Legal Clinic for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors in 2011. He also is Senior Faculty Fellow at the interdisciplinary Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
Brunner completed a B.A. in Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a D.Phil. in Politics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He has been teaching at Tel Aviv University since 1984 and has held visiting fellowships and professorships at Harvard, Northwestern, McGill, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, and the Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main.
Brunner’s main areas of research and publication include the relationship between law, memory and identity, the right to the truth, the history of compensation for Holocaust survivors in Germany and Israel, the history and politics of psychoanalysis, the politics of the mental health discourse, psychological theories of Nazism and genocide, and diverse topics in modern and contemporary political thought.