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Assaf Bondy


Postdoctoral Fellow 2019-2020
Email: bondy.assaf@ucla.edu

Dr. Assaf Bondy is a Sociologist, who studies the political-economy of labor and industrial relations systems in advanced economies. He received his Ph.D. in Labor Studies from Tel-Aviv University in Israel.


As the Y&S Nazarian Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Bondy will promote his current project analyzing trade-union strategies and their revitalization, comparing the US and the Israeli contexts through a sectoral perspective. While at UCLA, he will also teach a course in his area of research, dealing with the sociology of work and labor relations.


Bondy’s work has been so far dedicated to the study of changing conditions for collective actions in the context of Israeli labor market, analyzing different forms of workers’ collective representation and trade-union strategies – their conditions and implications. His works were published in The Journal of Industrial Relations, Work, Society and Law as well as in several edited volumes.


Prior to joining the center Bondy was a Lady-Davis Postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel) and a research fellow in the ERC project Trafflab – “Labor Perspective for Human Trafficking”, at Tel-Aviv University. 


For the past decade, Assaf has also been working with NGOs and trade unions in Israel – as the co-founder of “Power to the Workers – Democratic Trade-Union,” coordinating regional union activity and later the head of its affiliated transportation union. He currently engaged in consultancy work for trade union and state agencies in matters of representation strategies and forms of collective action.