Dr. Bashir Bashir is a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, senior lecturer in the department of sociology, political science, and communication at the Open University, and teaches political theory in the department of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has a PhD and a Master’s degree in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Sociology and Anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The title of his PhD thesis is "Reconciling Historically Excluded and Disadvantaged Groups: Deliberative Democracy, Recognition and the Politics of Reconciliation." He taught Political Philosophy at the LSE, Queen's University and the Hebrew University.
His primary research interests include: democratic theories of inclusion, civic education and multiculturalism, deliberative democracy, historic injustices and the politics of reconciliation, and Palestinian nationalism and political thought.
At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute he has co-edited "The Holocaust and the Nakba" with Dr. Amos Goldberg, and currently co-edits "Public Policy and Multiculturalism in Israel" with Prof. Yossi Yonah and Dr. Guy Ben-Porat. He also directs the "Alternatives to Partition" research group at the Manarat Center of the Institute.
Bashir served as a visiting research fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in the research program "Europe in The Middle East – The Middle East in Europe"; at the Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy in the Philosophy Department at Queen’s University, Canada; and at Maxwell School at Syracuse University.