Professor Udi Sommer

Udi Sommer, Israel Institute Visiting Professor

Political Science Department

Columbia University of New York

I currently teach at Columbia University of New York, Department of Political Science, as Israel Institute Visiting Professor. I am tenured senior faculty at the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University where I'm a PI of a research group. I am also a member of the executive board of the Israeli Young National Academy. I am member of the Scientific Council of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center and co-chair the Israeli Cyber Forum at Columbia University.

My broad research interests are in Comparative and American Politics, the Politics of Sexuality and Gender, Judicial politics, US-Israel Relations, Political Methodology and Cyber Security. My scholarship has appeared in publications such as Regulation & Governance, World Development, Demography, Public Administration, Journal of Public Policy, Comparative Political Studies, The Law & Society Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Political Studies, Judicature, and the Justice System Journal, among others. My book about agenda setting on the Supreme Court of the United States was published in 2014 with Palgrave-MacMillan and my book about sexual minority rights in a comparative perspective was published with SUNY Press in 2016. My popular nonfiction book about Israeli parents in America was published in Hebrew in 2010 and was broadly covered by the media.

I am a recipient of several grants including the Marie Curie Grant from the European Union, Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. My work has been presented at the annual meetings of the American, European, Midwest, Southern and Western Political Science Associations and in various invited talks in China, Norway and the United States. I have teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Columbia University of the City of New York, Tel Aviv University, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Albany, and the Open University. Classes include at the PhD level-Math for Political Scientists, Civil Rights and Liberties, Research Methods, Survey Class in Judicial Politics; at the MA level-Advanced Statistics for Public Policy; and, at the BA level-Comparative Politics, American Supreme Court, Constitutional Law and Politics: USA and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

I appear as expert commentator on WKGO San Francisco, Israeli TV Channels 1, 2 & 10, Christian Science Monitor, (English),, Haaretz newspaper, Galatz Israeli Radio and Knesset TV Channel. Likewise, I am regularly engaged in community activity on and off campus including giving talks to the general public, advising government and NGOs, being invited to give a commencement speech, and volunteering with individuals with disabilities. Prior to my academic career, I had been the founder and director of several social programs for youth of underprivileged background, including at Dor Shalom (Generation for Peace) and the Summer Youth University, and had had advanced training in clinical psychology.

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Udi Sommer

Israel Institute Visiting Professor

Department of Political Science

Columbia University of New York

New York, NY 10027


Member, Israel Young Academy of Science

Member, Scientific Council, Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University

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