Nadav Shelef

Position title: Professor and Associate Chair/Director of Graduate Studies. Comparative Politics | International Relations


Phone: (608) 263-2280

414 North Hall

Affiliated with Center for Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies Program


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California-Berkeley, 2005

M.A. in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

B.A. in Political and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1996

Research Interests:

Armed Conflict, Identity, Israel, Middle East, Nationalism, Regulation, Religion and Politics, Sovereignty Movements, Territory


Nadav Shelef is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Israel Studies and Professor of Political Science. Professor Shelef teaches and studies nationalism, religion and politics, Israeli politics and society, and middle east politics. His current projects focus on understanding how homelands change and the conditions under which religious parties moderate their positions.


PS 800 Political Science as a Discipline and Profession Fall 2019-2020

PS 919 Seminar-Advanced Methodology: Spatial Econometrics Spring 2018-2019

PS 665 Israeli Politics and Society Spring 2018-2019

PS 800 Political Science as a Discipline and Profession Fall 2018-2019

PS 988 International Relations Workshop Spring 2017-2018

PS 665 Israeli Politics and Society Spring 2017-2018

PS 120 Politics Around the World Spring 2017-2018

PS 854 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict Fall 2017-2018

PS 120 Politics Around the World Fall 2017-2018

PS 631 Arab-Israeli Conflict Spring 2016-2017

PS 106 Politics Around the World Spring 2016-2017



Honored Instructor Award


Honored Instructor Award, UW University Housing