Adjunct Professor of Israeli Affairs
Sarah-Masha Fainberg is a foreign policy and security advisor, researcher, lecturer, and author focusing on Russian, Eurasian, and Middle Eastern politics. In addition to her role at the Center for Jewish Civilization, Dr. Fainberg lectures at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Previously, she served as Policy Adviser at Israel’s Ministry of Defense. Additionally, she was a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, and a lecturer of European Affairs at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.
Sarah has authored and edited three books, including Les Discriminés, L’antisémitisme soviétique après Staline (Anti-Jewish Soviet Discrimination after Stalin, 2014, recipient of Henri Hertz Prize), and Secularism on the Edge: Rethinking Church-State Relations in the United States, France and Israel (2014, with Jacques Berlinerblau and Aurora Nou). Professor Fainberg is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) in Paris. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics (Sciences Po, Paris), an M.A. in Russian and Eurasian Studies (Sciences Po, Paris), and two B.A.s in Philosophy and Slavic Studies (Sorbonne).
Areas of expertise: Middle East policy, foreign policy, Israeli Foreign Policy, Security Studies, Israeli National Security, Russian Middle East Policy, Europe-Israel Relations , Israel-Diaspora Relations