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Joshua Leifer is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Hartman Seminar & Writers Workshop for Journalists and a journalist, editor, and translator. He was previously an assistant editor at Jewish Currents, where he remains a contributing editor. Before Jewish Currents, he worked as an associate editor at Dissent and, before that, at +972 Magazine in Israel/Palestine. His writing has also appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, n+1, The Baffler, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of two 2021 Rockower awards for his Jewish Currents coverage of, respectively, Haredi right-wing populism in the lead up to the 2020 elections and the fall of Jeremy Corbyn.

Joshua is currently working on a book project titled Like Tablets Shattered for Dutton, which will deal with the fracturing of American Jewish identity against the backdrop of receding Holocaust memory and political polarization on Israel/Palestine and Zionism. He is also a first-year PhD student in the Yale University Department of history, where his research focuses on US political economy, race, and labor. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2017 with a BA in history.

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics