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Alex Joffe

Archaeologist and Historian

Travels from New Rochelle, NY

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability or contact the speaker directly.



Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Media and Current Events


Alexander H. Joffe is an archaeologist and historian specializing in the Middle East and contemporary international affairs. He received a B.A. in History from Cornell University in 1981 and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona in 1991. From 1980 to 2003 he participated in and directed archaeological research in Israel, Jordan, Greece and the United States. Joffe taught at the Pennsylvania State University and Purchase College, and has been Director of Research for Global Policy Exchange, Ltd., and The David Project, Center for Jewish Leadership.

Joffe’s work is uniquely broad. Since 1991 he has published dozens of studies on the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and is a leading figure in contentious debates over the relationship between archaeology and politics in the Middle East. He has also authored numerous works on contemporary issues, including Middle Eastern environmental security threats from pollution and weapons of mass destruction. His work on the problem of dismantling intelligence agencies is widely cited by experts and democratic reformers alike.

In the past decade Joffe has written and spoken on topics as varied as the future of American Jews, the Palestinian refugee problem, and nationalism. During that time as well he has been deeply involved with combating the problems of campus antisemitism, the ‘boycott, divestment and sanctions’ movement against Israel, and in educating Jews and others about threats to Israel and the West. His current projects include a biography of a British World War II general and several novels. He and his family reside near New York City.

Speaker's Topics:

Archaeology in the Past and Present

  • New Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology
  • The Use and Misuse of Politics in Middle Eastern Archaeology
  • The Ancient Roots of the Modern Middle East Crisis
  • Who Do Antiquities Belong To?

Campus Issues

  • Understanding U.S. Campus Antisemitism
  • The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Against Israel
  • The U.S. Higher Education Bubble

Middle Eastern Affairs

  • Middle East Military Balance
  • The Middle East Peace Process
  • Environmental Challenges to Israel and the Middle East
  • Muslim Antisemitism and the Arab-Israel Conflict
  • The Palestinian National Movement
  • Islamism and Nazism, A Closer Look

Israel and the World

  • American Jews and Israel, A Changing Relationship?
  • The American-Israel Relationship
  • The European-Israel Relationship

Download a prepared introduction for Alex Joffe alexander-h-joffe.doc


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