Menachem Hofnung has been the Chair of Department of Political Science of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2015-2017); he was a President of the Israeli Law and Society Association (2007-2010), Chair of the International Political Science Association Research Committee on Political Finance (2006-2009), President of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS) (2013-2015). Professor Hofnung has served as the Academic Director of the Joint Graduate Program in Public Policy and Law at the Hebrew University; Academic Director, The Gilo Center for Democracy and Civic Education; Chair, Board of Directors, B'Tselem, The Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (1996-7). Menachem Hofnung served as member of the National Commission on Campaign Finance Reform (Levin Commission, 2000, and was a member of the National Commission on the Structure of Governmental Administration in Israel (Magidor Commission, 2006). Menachem Hofnung's research covers national security and civil liberties, constitutional politics and comparative political finance. Professor Hofnung has served in the Israeli Defense forces as a combat officer and retired from reserve duty at the rank of Major.
Professor Hofnung also taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Irvine, San Francisco State University, the University of Florida at Gainesville, Moscow State University and was a Research Fellow at the Center for Law and Society at the University of California at Berkeley and Sydney University, Australia.