Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-2019

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim completed his PhD in Military and Strategic Studies at the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary in 2017 and has since served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Y&S Nazarian Center for the 2017-2018 and 2018-19 academic years. His research interests include U.S.-Israeli relations and the foreign policy of both states, Israeli settlement policy and strategic studies.


In his time at the Y&S Nazarian Center, Ben-Ephraim will further two projects. The first is a continuation of efforts to transform his PhD dissertation, on the role of settlements in U.S.-Israeli relations, into a book manuscript. The second is an article on U.S. alliance policy in the Middle East. While at UCLA, Ben-Ephraim has also taught two courses: "Modern Israel: Politics Society, Culture" and "U.S.- Israel Relations: Anatomy of a Special Relationship."


Ben-Ephraim has two peer reviewed single-authored publications, including an article published recently in the academic journal Diplomatic History entitled “Distraction and Deception: Israeli Settlements, Vietnam, and the Johnson Administration.” In addition, he has a co-authored publication.


He is the 2015 winner of the Baruch Kimmerling Prize selected by the Association for Israel Studies and the Kahanoff Fellowship for Israel Studies in 2010-2015. He has taught history, policy and international relations at both the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.


Prior to completing his PhD, Shaiel received his MA in International Relations from Hebrew University in Jerusalem (cum laude) and his BA in History and International Relations from the same institution.