Yossi Shain




(On sabbatical)


Department of Government
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+1 202-687-6130


680 ICC


Yossi Shain recently joined the Department of Government as a full-time professor of comparative government and Diaspora politics. He earned his B.A. and M.A degree from Tel Aviv University and then his Ph.D. from Yale in 1988. Since 1989 he has taught Political Science at Tel Aviv University, where he served as Head of the department from 1996 to 1999. Professor Shain has held visiting appointments at Yale University, Wesleyan University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Middlebury College. He has also been a visiting Senior Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford. Prior to his appointment at Georgetown, Professor Shain was the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Visiting Professor in the Department of Government from 1999-2002. He has won many scholarly awards including The APSA Helen Dwight Reed Award, the International Fulbright, Israel's Allon fellowship for distinguished young scholars, and fellowships from the French and German governments for his work on nationalism, ethnicity and Diaspora politics. Professor Shain is the author of The Frontier of Loyalty: Political Exiles in the Age of the Nation-State (1989); Between States: Interim Governments and Democratic Transitions (with Juan J. Linz), and Marketing the American Creed Abroad: Diasporas in the U.S. and Their Homelands (1999). He is also the editor of Governments-in-Exile in Contemporary World Politics (1991) and coeditor (with Aharon Kleiman) of Democracy: The Challenges Ahead (1997). Recently he was selected to give the David and Goldie Blanksteen Lecture in Jewish Ethics at Yale Law School and was awarded the 2000 Best Book of the Year Prize by the Israeli Political Science Association.