Dr. Janet O'Dea is (1976) a Research Fellow at the Van Leer Foundation, Jerusalem, and teaches the sociology of religion at the School for Overseas Students of the Hebrew University. She taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the author of "Readings in the Sociology of Religion" and a study of Yehezkel Kaufmann's Golah Ve'nekhar (Exile and Alienage). O'Dea is a member of "The Jerusalem Group for National Planning", working on Israel-Diaspora relations.
With Thomas F. O'Dea, she wrote The sociology of religion (1983).
She was was among the founders of the Peace Now movement.