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Research Fellow

Meirav Jones is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at McMaster University. Jones received her PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013 and she has since held research and teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Tel Aviv University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was a Research Fellow at the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem from 2017-2020 before joining SHI North America in the Fall of 2020.

Her research examines the intersection between traditional Jewish and religious sources and political and legal thought, recovering religious roots of secular legal and political ideas, and critically approaching the secular establishment with a rethinking of the role of religion at its foundations. Her work has been published in such outlets as Journal of the History of Ideas, History of Political Thought, and Review of International Studies. Her current largescale project is a critical rethinking of Jewish sovereignty and Westphalian sovereignty, in tandem, towards a constructive contribution to post-sovereign thought that takes religion seriously.

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Meirav Jones


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Is claiming religious freedom the best way for Jews to respond to the recent Supreme Court decision?

Apr 14, 2021

Three Israelis living in North America offer their ideas about what it means to celebrate and commemorate Israel from afar.

Oct 22, 2020

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