Brandeis University

Leonard SaxeLeonard Saxe, Ph.D is Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Social Policy at Brandeis University. He directs the University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute. Professor Saxe is a social psychologist, methodologist and policy analyst. His recent research focuses on Jewish identity and engagement. He leads a program of research developing estimates of the size and characteristics of the American Jewish population and, as well, directs a longitudinal evaluation of the impact of Israel education.

Professor Saxe is an author or editor of more than 300 publications, including a 2008 book (with Barry Chazan), Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in Young Adult Identity and a 2004 volume (with Amy Sales) about Jewish summer camping, How Goodly are Thy Tents: Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences. He has been a Science Fellow for the United States Congress, a Fulbright Professor at Haifa University and received the American Psychological Association’s prize for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, Early Career.


  • Taglit-Birthright Israel/Engaging Jewish Young Adults with Israel and their Jewish Identity
  • The Jewish Future in America: Musings of Social Scientist
  • The Size and Character of the American Jewish Population/Is the U.S. Jewish Community Assimilating Away?