Naomi Chazan is professor emerita of Political Science and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo. She holds a BA and MA from Columbia University and a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past she headed the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was a visiting professor of Government at Harvard University, a research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, and a research fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT.
Prof. Chazan was one of the founders of the Israel Women’s Network and was a member of the Israeli delegation to the UN Conferences on Women in Nairobi and Beijing. She is also active in a variety of women’s, human rights, and peace organizations and served as the President of the New Israel Fund.
Prof. Chazan was first elected to the Knesset in 1992 on the Meretz ticket and was a Knesset Member for three terms, until 2003. She served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and was a member of the Economics, Foreign Affairs and Defense, Education, Immigration, and Status of Women committees.
She has written and edited many books on comparative politics and has published many articles on African politics, the Israeli-Arab conflict, politics in Israel, and the status of women.
N. Chazan et al., Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999
J. W. Harbeson, D. Rothschild, and N. Chazan (eds.), Civil Society and the State in Africa, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1994
N. Chazan, Israel on the Eve of an Election Year: Some Preliminary Reflections, Jerusalem: PASSIA, 1991
N. Chazan (ed.), Irredentism and International Politics, Boulder, CO and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers and Adamantine Press, 1991
S. N. Eisenstadt, M. Abitbol, and N. Chazan (eds.), The Early State in African Perspective: Culture, Power, and Division of Labor, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1988