Dr. Sarit Bensimhon-Peleg is a researcher and program director in the Local Government Project at the Chazan Center of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. She is the former academic director of the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University (2007–2014). Until recently she was the Measurement and Evaluation Officer at Yad Hanadiv (a Rothschild family philanthropic trust). She is one of the founding members of the Shaharit think tank.
Bensimhon-Peleg has a BA in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in political theory from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Her dissertation focuses on the justification of universal human rights in a multicultural world and the tension between universalist and particularistic arguments. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University.
Between 2012 and 2014, Bensimhon-Peleg, with Dr. Amir Paz-Fuchs, composed the Annual Report of Privatization and Nationalization in Israel, published by the Van Leer Jerusalem Insitute and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.