Welcome to my website. Here you can find some details about my academic work and read published articles and course syllabi.
I am a Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida. My scholarly interests center on the processes in which ethnic and national identities are produced, re-produced and undermined. My study of these processes focuses on socio-historical dynamics, power relations, and the juncture of culture and politics.
In my view, boundaries between disciplines in the social sciences and humanities reflect mainly political and economic interests in the academic arena and beyond it. The fortification of these boundaries reflects these interests and has mainly a negative impact on our ability to understand social phenomena.
Therefore, my work blurs the lines between various academic disciplines. Similarly I believe that social studies should be based on more than one method and thus I combine in my work both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
My specific field of study is Israeli society and especially Israeli-Palestinian and Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. In my study on Arab soccer in Israel I illustrated how a seemingly innocent arena like sports is in effect a powerful political sphere, which has implications for ethnic, religious, civic and national identification and even political behavior. You can read some articles based on this project here, or in my book Arab Soccer in a Jewish State: The Integrative Enclave published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press.
As part of my interest in national identities and national symbols I
investigated public debates held in
In recent years I have investigated the collective memory of the Palestinian citizens of Israel. My book, Palestinian Commemoration in Israel: Calendars, Monuments, and Martyrs was published by Stanford University Press in 2015.