Dr. Stephen Sussman is a Professor of Public Administration at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He currently serves as the Chair of the Academic Engagement Network (AEN) Interest Group for Faculty in the Southeast. Dr. Sussman is the co-founder and co-president of the Palm Beach Center for Democracy and Policy Research (The Center) (501c3). The Center is a non-partisan public policy organization, research center, and think tank. The Center is a gathering of scholars, experts and community stakeholders, engaged in research and dialogue in an effort to create practical policy recommendations to current local, national, and international challenges.
Dr. Sussman is a founding member, co-director, and member of the Executive Committee for the Tzahar-Palm Beach Research Center for Judaism-Based Social Science (JBSS), based at the Zefat Academic College in Zefat, Israel. Furthermore, he serves as the co-editor of the JBSS journal. The main purpose of the Research Center is to advance theoretical and applied knowledge that connects ideas and principles in Jewish religious writings to the social sciences. In 2022, Dr. Sussman was a visiting scholar at the Zefat Academic College, where he taught an undergraduate course on U.S. Public Policymaking.
In 2016, Dr. Sussman served as a Scholar-in-Residence at the ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Antisemitism Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford, UK. In 2016, Dr. Sussman received a 5-year appointment as an Affiliate Professor at the University of Haifa, In Haifa, Israel.
Dr. Sussman resides in Palm Beach County, and previously served as Chair for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Palm Beach County, where he worked on issues related to the Middle East and Antisemitism. Dr. Sussman also served as Chair for the Partnership2gether (P2G) at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. P2G is a program sponsored by the Jewish Agency of Israel that matches Israeli communities with Jewish Communities throughout the world.
Dr. Sussman earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgia State University (1999), where he wrote his dissertation on U.S. Supreme Court Voting Behavior in the Religion Cases.