Ze’ev Sternhell

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Ze'ev (Zeev) Sternhell (1935-) is Leon Blum professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His books include

Born in Poland in 1935, Sternhell emigrated to France in 1946 and then Israel in 1951. Between 1957 and 1960 he studied History and Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received BA cum laude in 1960. In the year 1964 he received MA cum laude for his graduate studies in Political Science and the Harari Prize for outstanding MA thesis, awarded by Social Science Faculty. From 1961 till 1964 he was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Political Science (Hebrew University, Jerusalem). In 1964 he had a Research Grant at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris untill 1966. In the years 1966-68 he was Instructor at the Department of Political Science (Hebrew University, Jerusalem). For the years 1968-69 he obtained a Research Scholarship at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, awarded by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of Paris. In 1969 he awarded a Ph.D. degree, cum laude at the University of Paris, for a thesis on "The Social and Political Ideas of Maurice Barrès". In the same year he was also Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. In 1972 he became Fellow, at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of Paris and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris.

In 1973 he was a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. From 1973 to 1974 he was a Senior Wolfson Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford. In the years 1975-77 he was Director at the Levi Eshkol Institute for Social Research, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. From 1975 to 1978 he was Chairman at the Department of Political Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

In 1976 he became co-editor of The Jerusalem Quarterly (and he worked for it untill 1990). In 1977 he became Associate Professor in Political Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Since 1978 he was: Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of Paris; Visiting Professor at the Departments of Political Science and History (University of California, Los Angeles); Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Hebrew University, Jerusalem); Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton; Visiting Professor at the Columbia University; Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Hebrew University, Jerusalem); Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.); Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (Wassenaar); Fellow at the Rockfeller Foundation, Bellagio Study and Conference Center.

In the year 1981 he became Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1989 he was elected to the Léon Blum Chair of Political Science at the Hebrew University and became Member of the Editorial Board of History and Memory. In 1991 he granted by the French Government, the title of "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" for outstanding contribution to French culture. In 1996 he was Member (Editorial Board) of Journal of Political Ideologies.

In this interview, he reveals the depth of his Zionism.

In the early hours of 25 September 2008, Sternhell was lightly injured by a bomb that exploded at the entrance to his home. Israeli police said that they suspected the device had been planted by right-wingers.

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