Dr. Charles Asher Small is the founding Director and President of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). He is also the Director of the ISGAP-Woolf Institute Fellowship Training Programme in Critical Contemporary Antisemitism Studies, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK; and was an Academic Visitor, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. He is also the Goldman Fellow, Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy, and a Senior Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University. Previously, he was the Koret Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Charles received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, McGill University, Montreal; M.Sc. in Urban Development Planning in Economics, Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London; and a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil), St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Charles completed post-doctorate research at the Groupement de recherche ethnicité et société, Université de Montréal. He was the VATAT Research Fellow, (Ministry of Higher Education), Ben Gurion University, Beersheva, and taught in departments of sociology and geography at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London; Tel Aviv University; and the Institute of Urban Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Charles convened groundbreaking academic seminar series in the emerging field of contemporary antisemitism studies at Columbia University, Fordham University, Harvard University, McGill University, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Sapienza University, Rome, the Sorbonne and the CNRS, Paris, Stanford University, University of Miami, Yale University, as well as an academic training programme for professors at Pembrook College, Hertford College, St. John’s College, and St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.
Charles was the founding Director of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA), the first interdisciplinary research center on antisemitism at a North American university. At Yale he taught in the Political Science Department and the Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics, and ran a post-doctorate and graduate studies fellowship program at YIISA. He was an Associate Professor and the Director of Urban Studies at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), and an Assistant Professor at Tel Aviv University in the Department of Geography. He lectured internationally and worked as a consultant and policy advisor in North America, Europe, Southern Africa, and the Middle East. Charles specializes in social and cultural theory, globalization and national identity, socio-cultural policy, social movements, and racism(s) – including antisemitism(s).
Charles is the author of books and articles including the six Volume “Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity” (Brill and ISGAP); “The Yale Papers: Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective”, ISGAP (2015); “Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective: Volume Two”, ISGAP (2016); “The ISGAP Papers: Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective: Volume Three”, ISGAP (2018) and “Social Theory – a Historical Analysis of Canadian Socio-cultural Policies Race and the Other”, Eleven International Publishers (2013); Charles is committed to creating scholarly programming and research on contemporary antisemitism at top tier universities internationally, and establishing contemporary antisemitism studies as a recognized academic discipline. Charles is currently leading an international research project on the impact of soft power and undocumented funding on Higher Education as it pertains to antisemitism.