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Executive Director

Miriam F. Elman assumed her role as AEN’s Executive Director on May 15, 2019. She brings to AEN a wealth of knowledge and experience engaging as a thought leader on the pernicious impacts of the BDS movement and other forms of hostility to Israel on college campuses and within academia. She has written about issues such as the “stealth boycott” of Israeli scholars, the relationship between on- and off-campus BDS organizations, and the growing influence of groups such as Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow. She frequently speaks about these issues to a wide variety of media and community organizations, and has published articles and reports in many publications and blogs, including the Algemeiner, Ha’aretz, Legal Insurrection, NPR, and the Forward. In 2018, she was named by the Algemeiner as one of “the top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life.”

Miriam is currently on leave from her appointment as Associate Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where she was appointed the Robert D. McClure Professor of Teaching Excellence. She is also the Research Director in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). She is the editor and co-editor of six books and the author of over 65 journal articles, book chapters, and government reports on topics related to international and national security, religion and politics, the Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Press release for Elman’s appointment:
https://academicengagement.org/announcement-of-new-aen-executive-director/

 

Interview about Elman’s background, vision, and goals with AEN Senior Communications Associate Raeefa Shams:
https://academicengagement.org/interview-with-miriam-elman/

 

Selected articles by Elman:
http://fathomjournal.org/israel-and-the-left-three-studies-of-the-crisis-2-jewish-voice-for-peaces-antisemitic-deadly-exchange-campaign/

https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/07/01/bds-anti-normalization-is-a-mockery-of-progressive-values/

https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/04/08/the-intersectional-antisemitic-deadly-exchange-campaign-comes-to-campus/

https://legalinsurrection.com/2017/11/linda-sarsour-is-only-2nd-most-inappropriate-speaker-at-new-school-antisemitism-event/

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/33170cf42f40c39f6972ef9ec/files/5a06dec7-1990-46d0-964c-b988c513e0c6/Elman_AEN_Announcement.pdf

https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/01/21/all-politics-is-local-how-off-campus-anti-israel-activists-impact-campus-bds/

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/the-pressure-on-american-academics-to-conform-to-bds-1.5438296

https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2016/11/anti-israel_boycott_prevents_peace_assaults_jewish_identity_commentary.html

https://forward.com/opinion/378406/seriously-boycotters-if-the-goal-of-your-visit-is-to-harm-israel-stay-home/

 
Select Media Mentions

https://www.jns.org/umass-boston-faculty-call-on-amherst-chancellor-to-retract-statement-criticizing-bds/

https://nsjonline.com/article/2019/10/icon-lecturer-calls-out-antisemitism-on-college-campuses-and-in-durham/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/us/politics/anti-israel-bias-higher-education.html

https://www.thecollegefix.com/pro-israel-academics-make-a-show-of-force-against-boycott-resolution-at-academic-conference/

https://www.jns.org/israel-studies-academics-blast-academic-thuggery-of-the-left/

https://www.ajc.org/news/bds-movement-targets-study-abroad-challenges-academic-freedom

https://www.jns.org/analysts-warn-of-an-anti-israel-negative-feedback-loop-in-high-schools-and-colleges/

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/4/marc-lamont-hill-cnn-firing-meets-backlash-left/

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/04/25/students-activists-disrupt-talk-by-israeli-ambassador-at-syracuse-university/

https://www.jns.org/as-democrats-support-for-israel-drops-political-scientists-debate-the-causes/

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/06/29/leading-anti-bds-us-academics-weigh-in-on-controversial-proposed-israeli-academic-ethics-code/

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