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The Association for Israel Studies is an international scholarly society, chartered in the U.S., devoted to the academic and professional study of Israel. The Association's membership is composed of scholars from all disciplines in the social sciences and many in the humanities.
 
 

PURPOSE

Formed in 1985, the Association for Israel Studies is an international, interdisciplinary scholarly society devoted to the academic and professional study of modern Israel.  AIS is open to all individuals who are engaged in, or share an interest in, scholarly inquiry about Israel, the Zionist movement, or the pre-state Jewish community in Palestine. The Association's membership is composed of scholars from all disciplines in the social sciences and many in the humanities.
 

SCHOLARLY AFFILIATIONS

AIS is an affiliated member organization of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA). AIS sponsors panels or workshops and holds a reception and board meeting at the annual MESA conference. AIS also sponsors panels at meetings of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association (APSA).  Since 2016 the AIS is an affiliated member organization of the American Historical Association (AHA). It is authorized to participate in the work of AHA, through such activities as the organization of panels and workshops at the annual AHA conference. Since 2016 the AIS is an affiliated member organization of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). In Israel, AIS works in cooperation with various scholarly associations, institutes and universities.    
 

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS 2019

 

Gold:

• Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland

• Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

• Center for Israel Studies at American University

• The Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University
 
• The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel at Michigan State University 
 
• The Ben–Gurion Research institute for the study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University
 
* Department for Israel Studies, University of Haifa
 

 

Silver:

• The Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies, University of Nebraska

• Judaic Studies Program, George Washington University  

The Institute for Israel Studies, University of Texas at Austin 

Andrea and Charles Bronfman Chair of Israeli Studies, University of Toronto

 

 

      
 

By Laws of the Association for Israel Studies 

 
 


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