Evgeny Finkel studies political violence, East European, and Israeli politics. More specifically, he is interested in how institutions and individuals respond to violence, crisis, and rapid change and works extensively at the intersection of political science and history. He is the author of Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (2017). He is currently working on a book project that focuses on Holocaust survivors who fought in the 1948 War in Israel/Palestine and simultaneously working on projects that analyze the causes and impact of political violence in Eastern Europe and Israel/Palestine. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, East European Politics and Societies, Democratization, and several other journals and edited volumes.
An assistant professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, Finkel was born in the former Soviet Union and grew up in Israel where he received his B.A. in political science and international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where his dissertation won the American Political Science Association 2013 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics.
Professor Finkel’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.