Prof. Zeedan is a political scientist and historian of modern Israel. Born in Daliat al-Carmel, he holds a PhD (2013) in Israel Studies from the University of Haifa, in cooperation with the Political Science Department there. His dissertation is titled “The Financial Crisis in Arab Local Authorities in Israel from 1970-2007: Local and National Factors” (in Hebrew, 2012) and concerns the causes and impact of the financial decline of Arab municipalities in Israel. His first book focuses on the Israeli policies implemented towards the Arabs in Israel that were recruited to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the first decade of the country’s history: Battalion of Arabs: The History of the Minorities Unit in the IDF from 1948 to 1956 (2015). His research looks at the history of modern Israel, Israeli politics, Middle-Eastern politics, ethnic politics, urban affairs and local governments, and public opinion.
In 2013-2014 Prof. Zeedan taught at the Open University of Israel. In 2014-2016 he held a two-year fellowship from the Council for Higher Education in Israel, during which he was the Taub-Schusterman postdoctoral research fellow at New York University (2014-2015), and a Fritz Thyssen postdoctoral research fellow with the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, Germany (2015-2016). In 2016-2017 he taught at the Open University of Israel, and at Kinneret College. In 2017-2018 Prof. Zeedan was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley, with financial support from the Israel Institute, which is also supporting him initially at KU. The Israel Institute is a nonprofit organization that advances balanced teaching, research, and reasoned discourse about modern Israel.
Ph.D. in Israel Studies, in cooperation with the School of Political Science, University of Haifa, Israel
M.A. (Cum Laude) in Israel Studies, University of Haifa, Israel
B.A. in Statistics and Israel Studies, University of Haifa, Israel