Martin Sherman, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Israel Studies, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dr. Martin Sherman is Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/Los Angeles for the 2009-2010 academic year.  This joint appointment with the University of Southern California has been made possible by a generous grant from the Lynn and Charles Schusterman Family Foundation in conjunction with the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprises’ Scholar Development Fund, with matching grants from Lief Rosenblatt and Elliott and Robin Broidy.    

Dr. Sherman is the academic director of the Jerusalem Summit and research fellow in Security Studies Program at Tel Aviv University. He is also a research fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). He holds degrees in Physics and Geology (B.Sc.), Business Administration (MBA) and Political Science (Ph.D.).

He served for seven years in operational capacities in the Israeli intelligence community.  From 1990-91 he held the post of ministerial advisor to the Israeli government, and has testified as an expert before Joint Economic Committee of U.S. Congress in a hearing on economic and security trends in the Middle

Dr. Sherman is a long standing director on the boards of several Israeli commercial companies.

His academic publications include two books: The Politics of Water in The Middle East (Macmillan,1999) and Despots, Democrats and the Determinants of International Conflict (Macmillan, 1998), as well as several articles in journals such as the Middle East Quarterly, The Journal of Strategic Studies, The Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence, The Journal of Theoretical  Politics, Nations and Nationalism, and Nationalism & Ethnic Politics.

He has also published numerous chapters in edited volumes and policy papers on a range of strategic and foreign policy issues.  His latest work in this regard -- dealing with strategic potential in Israel's developing ties India – is "The India-Israel Imperative" in the Indian National Interest Review.

He served as the Academic Coordinator of the internationally renowned Herzliya Conference in 2001 and 2002. 

Dr. Sherman has appeared on numerous occasions on TV and radio both on Israeli and international networks and writes extensively on security political and economic issues in the Israeli national press in both English and Hebrew.


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