Rami Zeedan

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 4027


Dr. Rami Zeedan joined the University of Kansas in 2018 as Assistant Professor at the Jewish Studies Program. Prof. Zeedan is a political scientist and historian of modern Israel. He holds a PhD (2013) in Israel Studies from the University of Haifa, where he completed a dissertation on “The Financial Crisis in Arab Local Authorities in Israel from 1970-2007: Local and National Factors” (in Hebrew, 2012). 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).

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, at Kinneret College, and at the NYU campus in Tel-Aviv. 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.


Ph.D. in Israel Studies, in cooperation with the School of Political Science, University of Haifa, Israel (2013)

M.A. (Cum Laude) in Israel Studies, University of Haifa, Israel (2006)

B.A. in Statistics and Israel Studies, University of Haifa, Israel (2002)


  • Politics and Government in Israel
  • The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
  • The Arab-Palestinian Society in Israel
  • Politics of the Middle East (Internarial relations & comparative politics)
  • Zionism and the Establishment of Israel
  • The Historian's Research Tools
  • Research Methods in Political Sciences
  • Statistics, Surveys, and polling methods


  • History of modern Israel
  • Israeli politics
  • Middle-Eastern politics
  • Ethnic politics
  • Urban affairs
  • Local governments
  • Public opinion

Selected Publications



Zeedan, R. (2019). The Arab-Palestinian Society in the Israeli Political System in the- Integration versus Segregation in the Twenty-First Century. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. ISBN 978-1-4985-5314-8. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498553148/Arab-Palestinian-Society-in-the-Israeli-Political-System-Integration-vs-Segregation-in-the-Twenty-First-Century  

Zeedan, R. (2015). Battalion of Arab- The History of the Minorities' Unit in the IDF from 1948 to 1956. Ben Shemen, Israel: Modan Publishing, in cooperation with Maarachot. 235 pages. (Hebrew)


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Zeedan, R. (2019). The 2016 US Presidential Elections: What Went Wrong in Pre-Election Polls? Demographics Help to Explain. J, 2, 84-101. DOI: 10.3390/j2010007

Zeedan, R. (2019). The Role of Military Service in the Integration/Segregation of Muslims, Christians, and Druze within Israel." Societies 9(1): 1.DOI:10.3390/soc9010001

Zeedan, R. (2018). Predicting the Vote in Kinship-Based Municipal Elections- the case of Arab localities in Israel. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 38(1), pp. 87-102. DOI: 10.1080/13602004.2018.1432149

Zeedan, R. (2017). Bigger, but not always Better: Size and Local Democracy in Israeli Amalgamated Local Governments. Journal of Urban Affairs, 39 (5), pp. 711-728.  DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2016.1262701

Zeedan, R., Vigoda-Gadot, E., & Ben-Artzi Y. (2017). "Causes of (and Solutions for?) Financial Crises in Local Governments: Insights from Local Arab Authorities in Israel", Administration & Society, 49 (7), pp. 1065-1083. (Advance online publication 21.11.2014). DOI:10.1177/0095399714556501

Zeedan, R. (2013). "Israel’s 2003 Plan for Unification of Local Authorities". Israel Affairs. 19:1: 170-190. DOI:10.1080/13537121.2013.748293


Invited Entries in Encyclopedias

Zeedan, R. (forthcoming) “The Druze Community in Israel.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies. Ed. Naomi Seidman. New York: Oxford University Press.


Jewish Studies Program statement in solidarity with protests against police brutality

Beloved community,

As an academic program in the University of Kansas, we stand in solidarity with Black Americans -- including Black Jewish people -- and everyone hurting after the senseless, brutal murder of George Floyd and all people targeted by systemic racism and injustice in our country. We continue to be committed to our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This morning, the Association for Jewish Studies sent out an email reminding us that as scholars of Jewish Studies, we are keenly aware of the devastating impact of discrimination and violence against minority groups. Dr. Cécile Accilien, the Chair of the KU Department of African and African-American studies, shared with us the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The Jewish Studies academic community is rich and diverse – it includes scholars and students who are Jewish and non-Jewish, scholars and students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and from multiple denominations and creeds, people who are immigrants (like myself) and those who are American-born. The Bible commands: צֶ֥דֶק צֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדֹּ֑ף tzedek tzedek tirdof, which translates into English as “Only justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). In this well-cited verse, the Hebrew word tzedek, or justice, repeats twice. There can be many explanations of the repetition – textual interpretation in all its many forms is a beloved pursuit for many of us. Today, I am going to give you my own interpretation -- though I am sure that it already exists somewhere in the treasury of Jewish exegesis. One tzedek, or justice, you must pursue for yourself and for people like you; that is, perhaps, the justice that is easiest to understand, because we keenly feel injustices committed against ourselves and people like us. The other tzedek is the justice you must pursue for the sake of people who are not like you. It is often a harder lesson, but a necessary one. The justice, or tzedek, which we pursue thus also becomes a gift of chesed, of lovingkindness that enriches all of us.


In solidarity,

Dr. Renee Perelmutter,

Director of the Jewish Studies Program

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