Natan Sharansky has dedicated his life to the Jewish People. As a dissident in the Soviet Union, Natan fought for the freedom of Jews to leave the Soviet Union and spent 9 years in Soviet prisons for it. On his release from the Soviet Union, due, in part to the hard work of the Worldwide Jewish Community, Natan made Aliyah to Israel eventually spending another nine years in Israeli politics, with the goal of helping his fellow Soviet Jews make a new life in Israel. After leaving politics, Natan became the head of the Jewish Agency a position he held for another 9 years. Natan is the author of three books and has received many awards and accolades over the years including the Congressional Medal of Freedom.
Dr. Charles Asher Small, Executive Director, ISGAP
Dr. Charles Asher Small is the Founder and Executive Director of ISGAP, and a Research Scholar at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Dr. Small is a prominent scholar and public speaker, specializing in the fields of contemporary antisemitism, including the delegitimization of Israel and notions of Jewish Peoplehood, social and cultural theory, globalization and national identity, social movements, Political Islam, and racism(s) – including antisemitism(s).
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 program for professors at Hertford College, St. John’s College, and St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
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.
Dr. Robert Hassan, Director, ISGAP Italy
Robert Hassan is the Director of ISGAP-Italy, where he runs the seminar on critical studies of contemporary forms of antisemitism at Sapienza University in Rome. He holds a Law Degree from Sapienza University, where he specialized in Comparative Constitutional Law. Dr. Hassan is an entrepreneur in the field of strategies and communication. With more than 15 years of experience in managing complex projects with organizations, he has achieved much success with the media in Italy.
Dr. Carlton Long, Director of Pedagogy, ISGAP
Dr. Carlton Long is a former Rhodes Scholar and an international educational consultant who was trained in practical theology at the Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta and in political science at the University of Oxford.
Aaron T. Walter, Director of Online Programming and Media Relations, ISGAP
Aaron T. Walter is Director of Online Programming and Media Relations for ISGAP. He earned a BA in Political Science, an MBA, and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations. He used his more than 10 years of online teaching experience to design and construct ISGAP’s online course.
Dr. Ramy Aziz, Research Fellow on Middle East and Arab Affairs, ISGAP
Dr. Ramy Aziz is a noted Egyptian researcher and political analyst of the Middle East, Political Islam and Arab-Israeli relations. Dr. Aziz recently completed his doctorate degree at La Sapienza University in Rome. His articles have appeared in the Jerusalem Post, the Times of Israel, Middle East Quarterly, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. An alumnus of the 2016 ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute, Dr. Aziz expands ISGAP’s research into the Muslim Brotherhood, Political Islam and the broader Middle East.
Ira Guberman, Manager of Programming and Operations, ISGAP
Ira Guberman is the Manager of Programming and Operations for ISGAP. Based at ISGAP’s headquarters in Manhattan, Ira serves as the hub of ISGAP’s global activities and aims to integrate the organization’s international projects, including the supervision of the annual ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Antisemitism Studies.
Matthew Grossman, Director of Development and Operations, ISGAP
Matthew Grossman is the new Director of Development and Operations for ISGAP. Matthew is an engineer with a 30-year career in various roles in technology companies, building and selling two successful businesses.
Larissa Ruthman, Chief Administrator, ISGAP Israel
Larrisa Ruthman is based in Jerusalem, where she manages ISGAP Israel’s activities. She is also the personal assistant to the Chair of ISGAP, Natan Sharansky. Larissa earned her Bachelors Degree in Public Administration and Policy at Beit Berl University in Israel.
Daphne Klajman, ISGAP
Born and raised in Brazil, Daphne moved to Canada to pursue an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Religious Studies. There she witnessed and experienced unparalleled examples of antisemitism on multiple levels — including student-, professor-related, and institutionally. This drove her to dedicate her undergraduate years to the fight against antisemitism on college campuses across the Maritimes.
Dr. Lawrence Amsel – Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Lawrence Amsel is an academic psychiatrist on the faculty of Columbia University, where he practices, teaches and does research.
Fentahun Assefa-Dawit – Research Fellow
Fentahun Assefa-Dawit has been the Executive Director of Tebeka since October 2013. Fentahun grew up in the Gondar region of Ethiopia where he learned Hebrew and Jewish heritage from a young age. He spent over seven years in Montreal and then in 1994 was finally able to immigrate to Israel, where he was reunited with his family. Fentahun earned a degree in electrical engineering from Technion. In his current role as executive director of Tebeka, Fentahun focuses on vigilant legal action to battle discrimination, consistent dialogue with government authorities to achieve equality before the law, and leadership development for a new generation.
Dr. Stephanie Courouble Share – Research Fellow
Dr. Stephanie Courouble Share graduated from the Contemporary History Studies, Faculty of History at the Denis Diderot University in Paris, France. Her Ph.D. dealt with a comparative analysis of Holocaust denial in several countries: France, England, Germany, and the United States (1946-1981). She is now working on publishing a book on Holocaust denial in French, with a subsequent English translation.
Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias – Research Fellow
Aleksandra Gliszczyńska–Grabias graduated from the European Studies, Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She is a recipient of the Felix Posen Fellowship for doctoral candidates dealing with the issue of antisemitism of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Haras Rafiq – Research Fellow
Haras Rafiq is Head of Outreach at the Quilliam Foundation. He was formerly a Director of CENTRI as well as the first Executive Director of the Sufi Muslim Council. Haras was a member of the UK Government task force looking at countering extremism and terrorism in response to the 2005 terrorist bombings in London, as well as being a peer mentor for IDeA – advising the regional government.
Samuel Sokol – Research Fellow
Sam Sokol is a Jerusalem-based journalist specializing in the Jewish Diaspora. He most recently served as a reporter with the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Prior to that, he was an international and Jewish affairs correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.
CO-CHAIRS OF INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC BOARD OF ADVISORS
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC BOARD OF ADVISORS
Professor Irving Abella, York University, Toronto
Professor Ellen Cannon, Northeastern Illinois University
Professor Boaz Ganor, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
Professor Dan Michman, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan; and Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
Professor David Patterson, Hillel A. Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas
Professor Walter Reich, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Robert Satloff, Director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington, D.C.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC BOARD OF ADVISORS
Professor Sunni Ali, Northeastern Illinois University
Professor Eli Avraham, University of Haifa, Israel
Dr. Matthias Jakob Becker, Moses Mendelssohn Center, Potsdam University, Germany
Professor Ansel Brown, North Carolina Central University School of Law
Professor Giuseppe Cecere, University of Bologna, Italy
Dr. Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D, City University of New York (retired)
Hon. Professor Irwin Cotler, MP, McGill University
Dr. Shalem Coulibaly, Ouagadougou University, Burkina Faso
Dr. Arnold Dashefsky, University of Connecticut
Professor R. Amy Elman, Kalamazoo College, Michigan
Mandisa Fatyela, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Dr. David Felsen, Saint Leo University, Albania
Dr. Raphael Fischler, Universite de Montreal.
Professor Mark Gelber, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva
Pedro J. Gonzalez, University of Texas at Dallas
Professor Marlene Grossman, Vanier College, Montreal
Professor Hu Hao, Henan University, China
Dr. David Hirsh, Goldsmith College, London
Dr. Paul Iganski, Lancaster University, Lancaster
Joseph Joffe, Publisher and Editor Die Ziet, Hamburg
Professor Barry Kosmin, Trinity College, Hartford
Professor Benny Morris, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheeva
Professor Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Washington D.C.
Professor Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University, Waltham; U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.
Professor Uzi Rabi, Dayan Centre, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Professor Dan Rybicky, Columbia College Chicago
Professor Michael Safier, University College, London
Professor Victor J. Seidler, Goldsmiths College, London
Professor Milton Shain, University of Cape Town
Professor Yossi Shain, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.; Tel Aviv University, Israel
Professor John Solomos, University of Warwick, England
Professor Robert Sternberg, Cornell University, New York
Dr. Michael Tal, Associate Professor, Yale University
Dr. Nachama Tec, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Professor Shmuel Trigano, Paris X, Nanterre University
Professor Gil Troy, McGill University, Montreal
Professor Irena Veisaite, Open Society Institute; Vilnius University
Professor Morton Weinfeld, McGill University, Montreal
Albert van Wijngaarden, OP Jindal Global University, India
Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann, The University of Adelaide, Australia