Prof. Gideon Fishman Heads Graduate School


The new Dean of the Graduate School is Dr. Gideon Fishman, a full Professor in the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology and Head of its Minerva Center for Youth Studies. A specialist in criminology, Fishman, 54, has been with the University since 1974 and has served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Mathematics. He did his undergraduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and then went to Canada (Carleton University in Ottawa) for his Master’s and to the United States (Ohio State) for his doctorate.

Fishman’s research, which has focused on social deviation and crime, has delved into the effect of war on crime, the phenomenon of suicide in Israel and the United States, victimology, crime trends in Israel, and sentencing policy, among others. He has published dozens of papers in refereed journals and is the author of two books, Justice for All—Jews and Arabs in the Arms of the Law, and Being Raised by the Government; the latter is a social policy study on how the American system deals with children and youth.

Married and the father of two children, the new dean once earned the title of best lecturer at the University.

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