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Yeela Lahav-Raz is an anthropologist specializing in gender and sexuality, sex-work studies, digital anthropology and the intersections of gender and sexual politics, technological developments and stigmatized communities.
For the last decade, she has been researching sex work regulations and politics, mainly in Israel. Her studies various, such as youth and young adults involved in prostitution; masculine repertoires of sex industry clients; technological developments and their ramification for sex work; the history of prostitution policy and regulation in Israel; the impact of digital media on sex work activism; and perceptions of sex workers towards legislative models. Dr Lahav-Raz is also one of the co-founders of the Israeli Association for the Study of Prostitution, Sex Work and Sex Trafficking (2019).

Following her postdoctoral fellowships at the Rhode Island University (2017) and as the winner of the ISF Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Leicester (2018-2020), she is researching sex tourism in the Middle East and the impact of the global North policy regarding human trafficking on the development and adoption of prostitution regulation in the Middle East. In addition, Dr Lahav Raz is collaborating with researchers from The Bob Shapell School of Social Work, Tel-Aviv University, on a joint study funded by the Schusterman Foundation, which deals with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sex workers' aid organizations.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Award Date: 27 Nov 2016

Master, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

… → 2009

External positions

Postdoctoral Fellow


Postdoctoral Fellow


Research Fellow



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