Uriel Abulof

Visiting Associate Professor, Israel Institute Visitor


Uriel Abulof is an associate professor at Tel-Aviv University’s School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs. He is a LISD research fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and at the Truman Institute. Starting fall 2019, Abulof is an Israel Institute Visiting Professor at Cornell’s Department of Government. Abulof studies the politics of fear, happiness and hope, legitimation, social movements, existentialism, nationalism and ethnic conflicts.

Abulof is the recipient of the 2016 Young Scholar Award in Israel Studies, and leads PrincetonX online course, HOPE: Human Odyssey to Political Existentialism, awarded top online course for 2018, and #1 of all times in political science and philosophy (Class Central). Abulof’s recent books include The Mortality and Morality of Nations (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Living on the Edge: The Existential Uncertainty of Zionism (Haifa University Press, 2015), which received Israel’s best academic book award (Bahat Prize). Abulof is also the co-editor of Self-Determination: A Double-Edged Concept (Routledge, 2016) and Communication, Legitimation and Morality in Modern Politics (Routledge, 2017). He is currently working on three book projects: From Existential Conflict to Coexistence (on the Israeli-Palestinian clash), Abyss & Horizon: Political Existentialism and Humanity’s Midlife Crisis (on the mismatch between objective peace and prosperity and intersubjective unease), and Death, Meaning and the Pursuit of Meaning (on what makes us human – in and beyond politics).

Abulof’s articles have appeared in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, International Political Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, British Journal of Sociology, European Journal of International Relations, Perspectives on Politics, Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies and International Politics.

Research Focus

  • Politics of fear, happiness and hope
  • Israel Studies
  • Middle East Politics
  • Nationalism and ethnic conflict
  • Existentialism
  • Legitimation
  • Discourse Analysis

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