The Center for Antisemitism Research aims to increase its evidence base and knowledge of how to reduce antisemitism. In 2022, the Center launched its inaugural research fellowship to produce findings to address the root causes of antisemitism and to lab and field test a carefully curated range of strategies to decrease antisemitism in the U.S. and globally.
Priority Areas 2022-2023
Antisemitism & Anti-Israel
The field of research at the intersection of these two concepts is replete with definitional debates and theory. This concentration is committed to studying the empirical realities of those populations that live at this convergence. Research questions may include but are not limited to:
- How do people experience these issues — as bound inextricably together or as discrete?
- What methodological approaches are best for evaluating when anti-Israel attitudes cross the line into antisemitism?
- What are the different historical and current ways that anti-Zionism manifests?
Antisemitism & Politics
Antisemitism has long been seen as an iconographic feature of political life. This concentration aims to delve more deeply into this relationship by probing the extent to which conspiratorial antisemitism is bound to political thinking or the environs that cultivate political aspirations. Research questions may include but are not limited to:
- How does antisemitism emerge in extreme right and left political thinking, and to what extent are they related?
- How have politicians or states promoted and/or tolerated antisemitism for political goals?
- To what extent has antisemitism in different countries coincided, fueled or responded to populist movements?
- What is the relationship between antisemitism and the erosion of democracy or movement towards illiberalism?
Antisemitism & Prejudice
This concentration aims to cultivate a field of comparative studies that examine the similarities and differences between antisemitism and other forms of prejudice. Research questions may include but are not limited to:
- Do prejudiced individuals and institutions consider Jews in similar ways to others they dislike and marginalize?
- Do Jews experience antisemitism with a similar variation to those who experience other forms of prejudice?
- How is the language, law or view of antisemitism different or the same of other forms of prejudice?