1991 …2024

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Professor Orna Sasson-Levy serves as the head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, as well as an associate professor at the Program of Gender Studies at Bar-Ilan University . Her main research focuses on the field of gender and militarism. Her publications in this field explore the construction of masculine identities in different military roles; military service and citizenship; the ambivalent positioning of women in the military organization; the meanings of gender integration in the military, the gendered consequences of the transition from a mandatory conscription to a professional military, the influence of globalization on military’s gender regimes, and the meaning of the military service in women’s life stories.

In addition, in the last few years Sasson-levy has been studying and publishing on the subject of Israeli ethnicities, focusing on the unmarked ethnicity of the hegemonic groups – the Ashkenazim; on intersectionality of gender and ethnicity in the military; on inter-generational differences in conceptions of hegemonic ethnicity, and the on the Israeli form of ethnic passing.  A third filed of interest, in which Sasson-Levy is mainly supervising MA Thesis and PhD dissertations is the study of new social movements, especially from a gendered perspective, with a focus on LGBT activism in Israel.

  • Gender and Militarism: Military Gender Identities, Masculinities, Gender Integration in the Military, Military Service and Citizenship, the Place of Military Service in Israeli Women's Life Stories.
  • Ethnicity: Ashkenziyut (Israeli Whiteness), Intersectionality of Gender and Ethnicities in the Military, Ethnic Generations, Passing.
  • Social Movements: Gender and New Social Movements.
  • Feminist Theory: Gender Separation, Women's' Exclusion, Social Responsibility for Gender Equality in Israel.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jan 1994Jan 2001

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master's Degree, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 1989Jun 1994

Award Date: 30 Jun 1994

Bachelor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 1980Jun 1984

Award Date: 30 Jun 1984


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