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I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University. During the present academic year (2019-2020), I am Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University.

My research examines the impact of globalization on national identity and citizenship. I received a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University, where I studied the consequences of states' growing toleration of dual citizenship. My ongoing research projects examine questions such as: Does travel freedom translate into high social status? What are the causes behind the increasingly instrumental relation to citizenship? Does the push to exclude immigrants and minorities reflect a new understanding of the nation-state?

My book, Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a Global Asset (Princeton University Press), came out in September 2019. The book analyzes and compares the dynamics of dual citizenship in three cases: Israelis who acquire EU citizenship from their origin countries; Serbians who obtain co-ethnic dual citizenship from Hungary; and Mexicans who give birth in the U.S. to secure U.S. citizenship for their children. I combine statistics and interview material to reconstruct the perspectives of individuals who strategically acquire and use a second citizenship from EU countries or the U.S. The book sheds light on the global trend of strategic citizenship, and explores its implications for ethnic and national identities, immigration and inequality. My research has also appeared in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Migration Review, and other journals.

Upcoming talks


October 23: Weatherhead Forum, Harvard University

November 20: Department of Sociology, London School of Economics

November 22: GLOBALCIT conference, European University Institute

December 3: Department of Politics, MIT

December 19: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

January 2, 2020: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University

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