Prof. Dafna Hecker is the head of the program for women's and gender studies and a faculty member in the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. She is a jurist and sociologist who explores the encounter between familiality, gender and law.
Her empirical and normative studies have been published in leading Israeli and international journals.
Her latest book -"Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization", published by the University of Cambridge, won the Best Book Award from the American Law and Society Association for 2018.
Prof. Hecker is also an activist in the Israeli feminist arena. She was one of the founders with You-Maaki - Lawyers for Social Justice, served as a board member of the Women's Lobby in Israel and chaired the steering committee of the Knowledge Center on the Knowledge of Gender, on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology. For her work for women, she received the 'Small Letter' in 2013, which is given annually to an academic woman who works to promote gender justice on a voluntary basis, and in 2019 the Jules Blush Award to a prominent Israeli feminist, on behalf of the NCJW organization. Has published the first article on gender and the corona in Israel, and is investigating the implications of the corona crisis on transnational families.