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Uriel Abulof is an associate professor of political science at Tel-Aviv University, teaching at Cornell University. Abulof studies the politics of fear, happiness and hope, legitimation, social movements, democratization/autocratization, nationalism, and ethnic conflicts. Abulof is the recipient of the Young Scholar Award in Israel Studies, and published over sixty peer-reviewed academic articles, and several books and edited volumes, including The Mortality and Morality of Nations (Cambridge University Press) and Living on the Edge: The Existential Uncertainty of Zionism (Haifa University Press). Abulof introduces “political existentialism” as novel approach in the social sciences. He directs various public projects, including Double-Edged, a Psychology Today blog, the Sapienism initiative, and the edX award-wining online course, HOPE. He is currently working on three book projects, including Nemeses: Existential Conflict in Israel/Palestine and Humanity’s Midlife Crisis: The Existential Deadlock of Liberalism. Uriel entwines his research in activism for Israeli democracy and Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Academic interests:

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory

Research Focus:

  • Politics of fear, happiness and hope
  • Israel Studies
  • Middle East Politics
  • Nationalism and ethnic conflict
  • Existentialism
  • Legitimation
  • Discourse Analysis


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