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Fred Lazin

Professor and author

Travels from New York, New York

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



Inside Israel and US Government, Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs


Fred Lazin was born in Boston and grew up in Sharon Massachusetts. An Eagle Scout, in high school he served as New England Regional President of Young Judaea and attended Camp Tel Yehuda. After high school he participated in the Young Judaea Year Course in Israel.

He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Cum Laude at UMASS Amherst where he served as president of Hillel. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty at Ben Gurion University (BGU) in Israel in 1975. At BGU, he established an Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Program and the Department of General Studies and chaired the Department of Behavioral Science. He served as the Director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Center of Social Ecology and the Overseas Student Program (OSP). In 1991 Fred became the Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government. He recently completed two terms as Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at BGU.

During 2008- 2009 he was the Natan Visiting Professor in the Taub Center for Israel Studies at the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU. In 2009 he was the first incumbent of the Michel Vaisan Chair on Israeli Society and Politics at the Institute of Politics at Bordeaux University in France.  In March 2008 he delivered the David W. Belin Lecture in American Jewish Affairs at the Frankel Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan. In April 2010 Fred was the Mandelbaum Scholar in Residence in Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia. From  2010 through May 2012 he was a Visiting Professor in the Israel Studies Program at American University in Washington DC.

Fred has taught at the Hebrew University, NYU, UCLA, GWU, Cornell, Tufts and City University of New York (John Jay College and Hunter College). He has served as a Visiting Scholar at universities in Sweden, France, China, Czech Republic, Canada and the US.

Professor Lazin has authored over sixty scholarly articles and chapters in books. He has written and edited ten books dealing with public policy in the US, Israel and developing countries, Israeli politics and society and Jews in American politics. He received the Israel Political Science Association's award for the outstanding English language book on politics in 2005 for The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in American Politics; Israel versus the American Jewish Establishment. A Chinese language edition will appear in 2013. His pioneering research on the response of American Jewish organizations to German Jewish refugees in the 1930s opened a new field in Holocaust Studies. His latest book Higher Education and Equality of Opportunity: Cross-National Perspectives was published in October 2010.

Fred’s current research project involves a study of the role of Christian clergy in the struggle for Soviet Jewry.

Fred is married to Rachel Dabi Lazin. They have three children and one grandchild.

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