Gershon Shafir, Professor

Gershon Shafir

Ph.D. - UC Berkeley, 1980

Areas of Specialization: Comparative-Historical Sociology, Nationalism, Citizenship and Globalization, Middle Eastern Societies, Theory

Email Address:
Phone number: 858-534-2575
Office location: 494 Social Science Building

Personal webpage


Classes to be taught 2015-16:

Spring 2016

SOCI 188I- The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

SOCG 269- The Citizenship Debates



Gershon Shafir received his B.A.s in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology from Tel Aviv University, his M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Director of the UCSD Human Rights Minor. His co-authored Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenships, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, which won the Middle Eastern Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Award for best book on the Middle East in 2002.

Struggle and Survival in Israel and Palestine, an anthology of 25 life histories which he co-edited with Mark Levine, was published by UC Press in 2012. Lessons and Legacies of the 'War on Terror' From Moral Panic topermanent War, co-edited with Everard Meade & William J. Aceves was published by Routledge. He is currently at work on Israel’s settlement policy and international humanitarian law from 1967 to the present.

His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, the British Journal of Sociology, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Theory and Society, etc.

His major area of interest is comparative and historical sociology, with emphases on nationalism, ethnicity, citizenship and human rights.



*Alison Brysk & Gershon Shafir eds., National Insecurity and Human Rights: Democracies Debate Counterterrorism, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2007.

*Alison Brysk & Gershon Shafir eds., People out of Place: Globalization, Human Rights, and the Citizenship Gap, N.Y., Routledge, 2004.

*Shafir, Gershon and Yoav Peled, Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenships, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

*Shafir, Gershon and Yoav Peled, eds., The New Israel: Peacemaking and Liberalization, Boulder, Westview Press, 2000.

*Shafir, Gershon, ed., The Citizenship Debates: A Reader, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

*Shafir, Gershon, Immigrants and Nationalists: Ethnic Conflict and Accommodation in Catalonia, the Basque Country, Latvia and Estonia, New York, State University of New York Press, 1995.

*Shafir, Gershon, Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882 - 1914, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989.