Miriam F. Elman
Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1996
International relations, international and national security, Middle East, Israel studies, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, BDS & anti-Semitism, academic freedom and free speech
PSC 342, Politics
and Religion in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
PSC 651, Theories
of International Relations
PSC 749 ,
International Security Theory
Fundamentals of Conflict
Information about Professor Elman's recently published books can be found
“Jerusalem Studies: the State of the Field,” Israel
Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Fall 2016): 221-241. Appears in a special issue on Jerusalem: Visions and Designs.
“Preventing and Managing Spoilers of Peace in Democratic Settings,” in Gilead Sher and Anat Kurz, eds., Negotiations in Times of Conflict (The Center for Applied Negotiations (CAN), The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University Press, 2015), pp. 29-45.
“The Arab Spring and the Future of Democracy in the Middle East: Rethinking Middle Eastern Studies,” Palestine-Israel
Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, Vol. 18, No. 1 (2012): 98-105.
“The Influence of External Security Threats on Regime Type in Democratic States,” Politics (Politika): The Israeli Journal of Political Science and
International Relations, No. 20 (Winter 2010): 55-75 [in Hebrew].
“Deciding Democracy: External Security Threats and Domestic Regime Choices,” in Oren Barak and Gabi Sheffer, eds., Existential Threats and Civil Security
Relations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009), pp. 81-117.
Read Elman's op-ed piece, "The Pressure on American Academics to Conform to BDS," published on Haaretz.com
Read Elman’s op-ed on U.S. initiative for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks (“Kudos to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,”) published in the Jewish Observer in September 2013.
Read Elman’s op-ed critiquing the JCPOA/Iran deal (“The Iranian Nuclear Deal: Why Congress Must Vote No,”) published in the Post
Standard in August 2015
Read Elman’s op-ed on the U.S. commitments to Israel extended in April 2004 (“Time to Revive the 2004 Bush-Congress Letter to Israel,”) published in Providence: a Journal of Christianity and
American Foreign Policy in April 2016
Read Elman’s remarks, “BDS, Free Speech and Professional Integrity,” presented at the opening panel of the Academic Engagement Network’s First National Conference, Washington D.C., May 25-26, 2016. Posted on the AEN website
Read Elman’s op-ed on President Obama’s “failing” Middle East policy published in the Post Standard, May 2011:
Read Elman’s op-ed on President Obama’s first trip to Israel while in the Oval Office published in the Post Standard, March 2013:
Read Elman’s op-ed on Israel’s settler community published in the Post Standard, February 2014:
Read Elman’s op-ed on the kidnapping of 3 Israeli teenagers on June 12, 2014 and the Met’s decision to perform an opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” published in the Post Standard, June 2014:
Elman is quoted in this Post Standard article on an interfaith “break-fast for peace in the Middle East” held on July 15, 2014 at the Islamic Society Mosque in Dewitt, NY. Elman co-organized the event with Mohamed Khater, President of the Islamic Society. The article, which includes a link to Elman’s blog about the event, was “Liked” over 1,300 times by readers of the Post Standard.
Elman's op-ed piece, "Anti-Israel boycott prevents peace, assaults Jewish identity," on Syracuse.com
lman is a frequent featured blogger in the Times of Israel. Read her blogs selected as “Top Ops”:
Blogs at Legal Insurrection (LI)
Fall 2015 Elman was invited to be a contributing LI author. LI is one of the
most widely cited and influential online sources covering U.S. national
politics and global affairs, with particular focus on the Middle East, radical
Islam, and the global war on terrorism.
It receives over 1.7 million page views per month. LI blog posts are
often highlighted by top radio and media personalities and are cited by, and linked
to, major mainstream media publications including Bloomberg, The National
Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and AOL News.
Elman’s LI blog posts can be accessed here: http://legalinsurrection.com/?s=elman&image_x=11&image_y=4
& political dimensions of conflict in the city of Jerusalem; the impact of
war & peace on democratic institutional development; transformation &
stasis in Israel’s religious political parties
Selected Professional Activities
Editorial Board Member, International
Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, Political Research Quarterly
Boards, National Science Foundation; Social Science Research Council; Fulbright
Member of the External Advisory Board, Center
for American and Global Security (CAGS), Indiana University
Member of the
Council of Scholars (CoS), Scholars
for Peace in the Middle East
Member of the ‘Speakers & Writers Bureau’, Academic Engagement Network (AEN)
Member of the External Advisory Board, Blue
White Future (NGO-Israel)
Recent Invited Lectures
the Hate: When Does Anti-Israel Become Anti-Semitic?” The Harley School,
Rochester NY, January 7, 2016. Lecture can be viewed on YouTube here. This event was featured in A.J. Caschetta,
“Syracuse U. Professor Exposes the Anti-Semitic Foundations of BDS,” published
in The American Thinker, Middle East Forum, and Jewish Voice CNY, March 9, 2016. See here.
“The Middle East: Challenges for US Foreign
Policy,” ‘In the Know’ Lecture Series, Century Club, Syracuse NY, January 13,
2016 ▪ Over 125 community members
attended this event
Panelist, “20/20 Hindsight: Peace Process
Memoirs,” remarks prepared for the Israel Institute’s 2016 Leadership Summit,
Ma’aleh Hachamisha, Israel, June 26-29, 2016
Speech and the New Antisemitism: Why Anti-Zionism is on the Rise and What Can
Be Done to Stop It,” lecture and workshop presented in Ithaca NY, Ithaca Area United
Jewish Community and Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle
East, The Space @ GreenStar, July 31, 2016. Lecture can be viewed on You Tube here. This event was featured in Linda
Glaser, “Religious Hate Crime on the Rise, Says Political Scientist,” published
in Jewish Observer, August 18, 2016.
“Israel’s Elections and the Prospects for Middle East
Peace in 2015,” Colgate University, March 11, 2015
Participant, discussion with new Israeli Knesset members,
Israel Embassy (NY), May 28, 2015
“Spoilers of Peace and the Dilemmas of Conflict
Resolution,” U.S. Embassy, Tel Aviv, Israel July 23, 2012
Panel on “Current Concerns”, Conference on New Scholarship on Israel, Florida Atlantic
University, February 26-27, 2012