José Brunner holds a joint appointment as Full Professor at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas of Tel Aviv University. He was born in Zürich and completed his Ph.D. in politics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He has been teaching at Tel Aviv University since 1984. At the Faculty of Humanities he also chairs the Eva & Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness, where he edits the journal History & Memory.
Brunner’s main areas of research and publication include the relationship between law, memory and identity, the right to the truth, the history and politics of psychoanalysis, the politics of trauma, psychological theories of Nazism and genocide, the history of personal compensation for Holocaust survivors in Germany and Israel, and diverse topics in modern and contemporary political thought.