Dr. Shmuel Lederman, Political Theory, Best Researcher Award 

Doctorate at University of Haifa, Israe

Dr. Shmuel Lederman is an esteemed scholar specializing in political science and genocide studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Haifa, with a dissertation titled “A Lost Treasure: The Citizen Councils in Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought.” Dr. Lederman’s academic journey includes earning an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science, both with honors, from the same institution.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lederman has held various prestigious positions in academia and research. He currently serves as a Research Fellow at the Weiss-Livnat International Center for Holocaust Research and Education at the University of Haifa, where he contributes significantly to Holocaust research and education initiatives. Additionally, he works as an Assistant Editor for History & Memory, showcasing his involvement in scholarly publications.



Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Haifa, 2012

  • Dissertation title: “A Lost Treasure: The Citizen Councils in Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought”

M.A. in Political Science, University of Haifa, 2009

  • Dean’s list

B.A. in Political Science, University of Haifa, 2007

  • Cum laude

History of the Jewish People, University of Haifa, 2007

  • Summa cum laude
 Professional Experience

Research Fellow, Weiss-Livnat International Center for Holocaust Research and Education, University of Haifa (2019 – Present): Dr. Lederman contributes as a research fellow, focusing on Holocaust research and education at the esteemed Weiss-Livnat International Center.

Assistant Editor, History & Memory (2019 – Present): Dr. Lederman serves as an assistant editor for History & Memory, showcasing his expertise and involvement in scholarly publications.

Teaching Fellow, Weiss-Livnat International MA in Holocaust Studies, University of Haifa (2014 – Present): He has been involved in teaching as a fellow for the Weiss-Livnat International MA in Holocaust Studies, contributing to the education of students in this specialized field.

Teaching Fellow, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, Open University of Israel (2010 – Present): Dr. Lederman has also served as a teaching fellow at the Open University of Israel, imparting knowledge in history, philosophy, and Judaic studies.

Research Fellow, The Forum for Regional Thinking (2016 – Present): He has contributed as a research fellow at The Forum for Regional Thinking, enriching scholarly discussions and research initiatives.

Academic Manager, Sites of Tension Research Project, Weiss-Livnat Center for Holocaust Research and Education, University of Haifa (2020 – 2023): Dr. Lederman managed the Sites of Tension project, an international research endeavor funded by the Israeli Ministry of Science and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), focusing on Holocaust memory, antisemitism, and political contestation in Europe.

Erasmus Mundus Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Ireland (2016 – 2017): He served as a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations, contributing to research and academic activities.

Research Fellow, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Bard College, New York (2014 – 2015): Dr. Lederman conducted research as a fellow at the prestigious Hannah Arendt Center, furthering his expertise in political theory.

Teaching Assistant, Lauder School of Governance, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel (2009 – 2011): He served as a teaching assistant, assisting in educational activities at the Lauder School of Governance.

Teaching Assistant, School of Political Science, University of Haifa (2008 – 2009): Dr. Lederman also contributed as a teaching assistant at the School of Political Science, University of Haifa, aiding in academic instruction and support.

Research Interests

Dr. Shmuel Lederman’s research interests encompass two primary areas: political theory and genocide studies. In political theory, he focuses on the works of influential thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, John S. Mill, and Leo Strauss. His research delves into democratic theory, exploring concepts of participatory democracy and anarchism.

In the field of genocide studies, Dr. Lederman’s research is multifaceted. He engages in the comparative study of genocide, examining various instances globally. Additionally, he has a particular interest in the war in Yemen and its implications within the context of genocide. Dr. Lederman contributes to critical genocide studies, which involves examining the root causes, mechanisms, and responses to genocide. He is also involved in research related to genocide remembrance and the persistence of antisemitism.

As an educator, Dr. Lederman has taught a diverse range of courses at institutions such as the University of Haifa and the Open University of Israel. These courses include topics such as “The Specter of Genocide,” “Anti-Semitism: Its History and Politics,” “The Art of Academic Writing,” “Thesis Writing,” “Sites of Tension: Holocaust Memory, Antisemitism, and Political Contestation in Europe,” “The Holocaust,” “Jews in an Age of Transition,” “Approaches and Methods in Political Science,” Philosophy of Education,” and “Genocide.”


  • Author: S Lederman
  • Journal: Constellations
  • Volume: 21
  • Issue: 3
  • Pages: 327-337
  • Year: 2014

Hannah Arendt and Participatory Democracy: A People’s Utopia”

  • Author: S Lederman
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Year: 2019
  • “The actor does not judge: Hannah Arendt’s theory of judgement”
  • Author: S Lederman

Journal: Philosophy & Social Criticism

  • Volume: 42
  • Issue: 7
  • Pages: 727-741
  • Year: 2016

Councils and revolution: Participatory democracy in anarchist thought and the new social movements”

  • Author: S Lederman
  • Journal: Science & Society
  • Volume: 79
  • Issue: 2
  • Pages: 243-263
  • Year: 2015

“A nation destroyed: an existential approach to the distinctive harm of genocide”

  • Author: S Lederman
  • Journal: Journal of Genocide Research
  • Volume: 19
  • Issue: 1
  • Pages: 112-132

Year: 2017

Philosophy, politics and participatory democracy in Hannah Arendt’s political thought”

  • Author: S Lederman
  • Journal: History of Political Thought
  • Volume: 37
  • Issue: 3
  • Pages: 480-508
  • Year: 2016

The land of no milk and no honey: force feeding in Israel”

  • Authors: Z Lederman, S Lederman
  • Journal: Monash Bioethics Review
  • Volume: 34
  • Pages: 158-188






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