Brandeis University

Ilan TroenIlan Troen is the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Chair in Israel Studies and director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. This is the largest and most extensive such institute outside Israel.

He formerly served as director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives in Sede Boker, Israel and founding Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University. He is the founding editor of “Israel Studies,” an international journal sponsored by Brandeis University and Ben-Gurion University. He has authored or edited a dozen books in American, Jewish, and Israeli history including, most recently, Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement (Yale), with Jacob Lassner, Jews and Muslims in the Arab World: Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined (Roman and Littlefield). and with Maoz Azaryahu, Tel-Aviv: The First Century; Dreams, Designs and Actualities (Indiana).

He has lectured widely at universities in the U.S and Canada, Europe, China, Turkey, South Africa and Australia. He was born in Boston, and educated in the US and Israel. He made aliyah in 1975 and, when not at Brandeis, makes his permanent home in Omer, a community outside Beer-Sheva in the northern Negev.


  • Changing Paradigms in the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Critique of the Erosion of Support for Israel in the American Academy
  • Comparing America and Israel; Or, Can/should Israel be Americanized?
  • Whose Land is It Anyway? Theology and Secular Politics in the Land of Israel/Palestine