Dr. Orit Gazit is a faculty member (assistant professor) at the Glocal Program for International Development and in the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
With academic grounding in both international relations and sociology, she applies these tools to study the fields of migration and refugees, space and borders, security, and emotions.
Before joining the faculty of the Hebrew University in 2019, Orit completed her Ph.D. in both the Department of International Relations and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University, as well as an LL.B in the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law. She continued to UCLA as a Rothschild (Yad Hanadiv) post-doctoral fellow in UCLA’s International Institute and Department of Sociology, and then joined the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences (MBSF) at the Hebrew University, where she pursued a research project on the interrelations between migration, border crossing and emotions through classical social thought (published in International Studies Review, International Theory and the Journal of Classical Sociology).
One of her recent research projects explores the relations between migration and the environment, and another recent project focuses on the meanings of motherliness among Eritrean asylum-seeking women in Southern Tel-Aviv. Other research projects address the experience of (mis)trust—particularly in the context of protracted conflict, trauma, and forced migration; analyze the everyday insecurity of border areas, and develop a sociological approach to unilateral withdrawal.
In Glocal, she teaches, among other courses, the mandatory course 'Global Migrations' in the program's new migration & development track, and another course on Refugees & Development