New Lecturer in Israel and Middle East studies

The ACJC has appointed Randall Geller as the inaugural Les and Eva Erdi Lecturer in Israel and Middle East Studies. Randall will be starting in second semester and teaching courses on Modern Israel, the Middle East, and the Arab-Israel conflict. 

Randy GellerRandall Geller completed his doctoral work in Israel Studies and Middle Eastern History at Brandeis University in May 2011, under the direction of Professors Ilan Troen and Avigdor Levy.   The focus of Randall’s doctoral work was on non-Jewish minorities within the Israel Defense Forces, and how the army’s practices of inclusion and exclusion reflect on the tensions, dilemmas, and debates that have preoccupied Israel’s principal decision makers ever since the foundation of the state in 1948. These dilemmas are centered around Israel’s self-definition as both a democratic and Jewish state — but where 1 in 5 Israeli citizens is not Jewish. He is currently working on articles related to his doctoral work while revising his dissertation into a book.  Randall is an assistant editor of the Middle Eastern Studies journal The Levantine Review, and has taught at Brandeis University, American University, and the University of Texas at Austin.