Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Program for Research against Hate and Bigotry

The Center's Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Program for Research against Hate and Bigotry, established in 2005, was the first Postdoctoral Fellowship at any Israeli university devoted exclusively to human rights.


Dr. Lior Erez – PhD in Political Theory from University College London. His postdoctoral project at the Minerva Center was titled: “The Normative Case Against Citizenship for Sale”. Lior was an HR-UP Post-doctoral Fellow at the Center.


Dr. Nimrod Kovner - PhD in Government from London School of Economics. Dr. Kovner’s doctoral dissertation, under the supervision of Dr Kai Spiekermann, was entitled: “Migration in A Warming World: On the Responsibility and Obligations Of States Towards Climate Change Immigrants”. His postdoctoral research focused on “Rights, Risk, and Vaccination Ethics”.

2016 - 2017

Dr. Ebtesam Barakat – PhD in Gender Studies from Bar Ilan University. Dr. Barakat’s post-doctoral research deals with the ways educated Druze women succeed in coping with and shattering the intersecting barriers to their integration and professional advancement in the main labor market.

2015 - 2016

Dr. Yael Litmanovich- PhD in Social Policy and Intervention from Oxford University. Dr. Litmanovich’s postdoctoral research at the Minerva Center examines protest policing in Israel, and more generally advancing democratic policing and reducing misuse of force.

2014 - 2015

Dr. Noam Peleg- PhD from University College London. His postdoctoral research looked at how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’s conceptions of ‘the child’ and childhood influence and shape the implementation of the Convention in various local contexts, with respect to children with diverse personal characteristics (ethnicity, religion, class, gender, sexuality) and/or who come from different social, religion or economic backgrounds.

2013 - 2014

Dr. Nelly Kfir- PhD in Anthropology and Sociology from Tel Aviv University. Dr. Kfir's study builds on the anthropology of human rights and considers the “social life” (Wilson, 1997) of labor migrants’ rights in two nominally “non-immigration” countries: Israel and Singapore. It focuses on the role of NGOs and migrants in giving life to rights in these countries. Nelly's areas of research include: migration, human rights, civil society and NGOs.

2012 - 2013

Dr. Shiri Regev-Messalem- PhD from Stanford University Law School. Dr. Regev's research is based on a bottom up qualitative approach and surveys the responses of marginalized populations, especially Israeli Arab, ultra-orthodox and poor women, to welfare policies conducted in Israel today.

2011 - 2012

Dr. Ruthie Ginsburg- PhD in Hermaneutics from Bar-Ilan University. Dr. Guinsburg's study examined the relations between cultural practices such as art, dance or even religous ceremonies, to society narratives and memory.

2010 - 2011

Dr. Einat Albin- PhD in Law from Oxford University in 2010. Dr. Albin's research focused on prejudice, racism and discrimination in the Israeli construction workers section.

2009 - 2010

Dr. Meital Pinto- PhD in law from the University of Toronto. Dr. Pinto's research, "a new perspective on the rights of minorities within minorities", dealt with examining the rights of minorities within minorities in multicultural societies and to distinguish between cases in which their claim should be perceived in terms of their rights to equality, and cases in which their claim should be perceived in terms of their right to culture – the same culture that majority members within their minority group aim to protect and preserve. Such a conclusion should be drawn if we pay careful attention to the concept of group rights.

2008 - 2009

Dr. Yaël Ronen- PhD in law from Cambridge University. Her research, "Genocide, Media, and International Law", aimed to examine the role of mass media with respect to genocide and other ethnic-hatred related phenomena regulated by international law, focusing on the prohibition on incitement to genocide from both an international criminal law and an international human rights law perspective.

2007- 2008

Dr. Nir Halevy- PhD in Psychology and Business Management from the Hebrew University. His research consisted of four projects, that used empirical experiments to explore the relations between groups and individuals as well as inter-group relations.

2006 - 2007

Dr. Yousef Jabareen- PhD in law from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. His research addressed the issue of equal employment opportunities from a comparative perspective, discussing lessons from America to Israel.

2005 - 2006

Dr. Anat Gesser-Edelsburg- PhD in Theatre Arts from Tel Aviv University. Dr. Gesser-Edelsburg's research is entitled: "Encouraging tolerance and confronting hatred and racism among youth through theater: Are educational plays an important and effective tool?" and she presented her findings at the Minerva Biennial Conference in December 2006.

Dr. Sophie Walsh- PhD in Psychology from Bar Ilan University. Dr. Walsh's research  is entitled: "The experience of the 'other': Individual differences in the experience of prejudice, discrimination and racism among young immigrant adults and their association with positive and negative adaptation".