Michal Kofman, PhD

Associate Professor


Dr. Kofman is an associate professor in sociology and holds both a BA and an MA in Sociology from the University of Haifa in Israel and received her PhD in sociology from the University of Calgary in Canada. Her research focuses on the relationship between conflict resolution and nation-building in contemporary Cuba and pre-state Israel/Palestine. Currently, she is working on several publications that examine the changes taking place in Cuba over the last three decades, in the field of state-citizen relations, the reconstruction of state socialism as a moral project, and changes in the implementation of existing legislation. Further research addresses the work of communal sites of arbitration as part of civil society, the relationship between the public and private spheres, and the gendered dimensions of conflict resolution in the years leading up to the establishment of the state of Israel, and the role of labor movements in creating values-based societies. Additionally, Dr. Kofman is interested in the construction of a homeland, the experiences of immigrants, and political dissidence. Dr. Kofman has taught a variety of courses in sociology, such as Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Social Theory, Introduction to Social Statistics, Diversity and Inequality, Social Stratification, Religion and Labor, and Political Sociology.

Research Areas
Political Sociology, Conflict resolution and nation-building, Cuba and pre-state Israel/Palestine, State-Citizen Relations, labor movements

Teaching Areas
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 301 Social Statistics
SOC 320 Social Theory