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Shaiel Ben-Ephraim


Visiting Scholar
Email: shaielb@ucla.edu

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim is currently a Visiting Scholar with the Nazarian Center and was previously a post-doctoral fellow with the Center in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.  During his tenure at UCLA, he has taught several Israel Studies courses, including "U.S.-Israel Relations: Anatomy of a Special Relationship" in the department of Political Science and "Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture" in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Next year he will be Israel Institute Visiting Faculty at the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.


Ben-Ephraim completed his Ph.D. in Military and Strategic Studies at the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary in 2017. His research interests include U.S.-Israeli relations and the foreign policy of both states, Israeli settlement policy and strategic studies.


Ben-Ephraim is the author of Can We Settle This: The Role of Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories in U.S.-Israeli Relations (Routledge, forthcoming 2021) and of multiple peer-reviewed single-authored publications in academic journals in political science, international relations and security studies. He also co-authored (with Or Honig) "Sitting on the Volcano: Lynching Attacks in the Zionist-Palestinian Conflict," in Global Lynching and Collective Violence (University of Illinois Press, 2017).


He is the 2015 winner of the Baruch Kimmerling Prize selected by the Association for Israel Studies and the Kahanoff Fellowship for Israel Studies in 2010-2015. He has taught history, policy and international relations at both the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.


Prior to completing his Ph.D., Ben-Ephraim received his MA in International Relations from Hebrew University in Jerusalem (cum laude) and his BA in History and International Relations from the same institution.