Dr. Liora Hendelman-Baavur (Phd, TAU)


ACIS Director (2019-)

  • Phone: +972-3-6409510
  • E-mail:
  • Academic Interests: history of Iranian journalism, gender studies, Iranian popular culture, and civil society and the new media in the Islamic Republic

Prof. Meir Litvak (PhD, Harvard University)


ACIS Director (2010-2019)

  • Phone: +972-3-6406450
  • E-mail:
  • Academic Interests: Shi'ite and Iranian history, Islamist movements and ideology with an emphasis on Hamas, Arab anti-Semitism, Palestinian society.


Dr. Miriam Nissimov (PhD, TAU)


ACIS Senior Fellow, Coordinator of the research Program for Iranian Jews in Israel 


Prof. Emeritus David Menashri (PhD, TAU) 


ACIS Founding Director

  • Phone: +972-3-6409510
  • E-mail:
  • Academic Interests: modern Iran, political Islam (mainly Shiah Islam), Central Asia, Persian Gulf, education in the Middle East.


 Prof. Emeritus David Yerushalmi (PhD, Columbia University)


ACIS Senior Fellow 

  • Phone: +972-3-6407299
  • E-mail:
  • Academic Interests: history of Iranian Jewry, Persian language



Mrs. Doris Klein-Marom


ACIS Administrative Assistant


ACIS Junior Research Fellows

Kevjn Lim (MA)


Steven Terner (MA)



Sharona Mazalian-Levy (MA)



Past ACIS Fellows & Affiliates 

Prof. Uzi Rabi (PhD, TAU)


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  • E-mail:
  • Academic Interests: the modern history of states in the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf, oil and politics in the Middle East, the evolution of states and societies in the Middle East»»


Dr. Raz Zimmt (PhD, TAU)


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  • Research interest: Modern Political History of Iran and contemporary Iranian politics and society


Dr. Nugzar Ter-Oganov (PhD, The Georgian University)

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  • Academic Interests: Iran, Russia


Dr. Elisheva Machlis (Phd, Cambridge University)

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Dr. Brandon Friedman 








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  • Research interest: Arab-Iranian relations, contemporary political history of the Arabian/Persian Gulf, political biography


Dr. Doron Itzchakov

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  • Research interest: Iran-Israel Relations during the Pahlavi era and Iran Foreign Relations


Dr. Chelsi Mueller

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  • Research interests: Arab-Iranian relations in the Persian Gulf; Iranian nationalism; Iran in the Reza Shah Period; history of the Arab shaykhdoms; tribe and state in the Persian Gulf


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  • Iranian security and foreign policy, civil-military relations, the role of Islam in military and foreign policy, and U.S. policy in the Middle East

Dr. Menachem Merhavy


Dr. Rachel Kantz Feder

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  • Shi'a reformist thought, Shi'i scholars in ninteenth century Iraq


 Dr. Sivan Balslev


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  • Iranian history of the late Qajar and early Pahlavi period, masculinity studie


Dr. Liad Porat​

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TAU Postdoctoral Fellow at the ACIS 2009-2010

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  • Research interest: modern Sunni-Islamic movements in the Middle East




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