Asaf Lebovitz

Asaf Lebovitz
Doctoral student, department of Political Science
Dissertation title: Spiritual Tradition: religious renewal of Israeli celebrities as a democratic post-secular citizenship
Supervisor: Dr. Gayil Talshir

Assaf Lebovitz is a doctoral candidate and recipient of the President’s Scholarship at the political science department at Hebrew University and is an Honors graduate of both the International Relation’s and Political Science departments at Hebrew University. His doctoral thesis focuses on spiritual traditionalism as active eastern identity in Israeli society. He completed his Master’s degree on the Dean’s List at the Gilo Center for Citizenship, Democracy and Civic Education. Assaf’s doctoral research focuses on the religious revival of Israeli celebrities as civic dialogue suited to the era of politics of post-secular identities. Assaf’s areas of research focus on the relation between ethnicity, culture, democracy and politics of identities. Assaf is a member of workshops and study groups which deal with spirituality and politics in Israel, the crisis of the legitimacy of democracy and methods of ethnographic research.


Discourse of Citizenship. Celebrity Studies: 31 pp typescript


Lebovitz, A. 2015. Regional Framing: Positioning Peace Process and Territorial Withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip as an Existential Need.  Israel Affairs. Vol 21(3), Pp. 422-442.

Billig M. and A. Lebovitz, 2014. Empowering Peripheral Communities by using Place-Identity: Israeli Student Villages as a Platform for Servant Creative Class. Community Development.  Vol 45 (4).  Pp. 368-386.

Lebovitz, A. 2014. Spiritual Traditionalists Israelis: A New Social Movement and the Question of Israelisim in Post Material era.  In: Y. Yadgar, Y. Katz and S. Ratzabi, eds. Beyond Jewish law: traditionalism, secularism and New Age culture in Israel. Be'er-Sheva: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, 461-497 (Hebrew).

Lebovitz, A. 2010. Peace Process as an Existential Need: The Liberal Israeli Discourse & Security Nets-How they Deal with Existential Threats Concept. Politika-The Israeli Journal of Political Science & International Relations. Vol 11. Pp.97-122 (Hebrew)