Prof. Uriel Abulof

Prof. Uriel Abulof is an associate professor of politics at Tel-Aviv University, teaching at Princeton University and Cornell University.


Prof. Abulof studies the politics of fear, happiness and hope, legitimation, social movements, existentialism, nationalism, and ethnic conflicts.


Prof. Abulof published several books and edited volumes, over sixty peer-reviewed academic articles, and copious essays and op-eds. His recent books include The Mortality and Morality of Nations (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Living on the Edge: The Existential Uncertainty of Zionism (Haifa University Press, 2015), Self-Determination: A Double-Edged Concept (Routledge, 2016), and Communication, Legitimation and Morality in Modern Politics (Routledge, 2017).


He is currently working on three book projects: (a) Human Conflict: From Existential Clash to Coexistence (on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), Abyss & Horizon: Political Existentialism and Humanity’s Midlife Crisis (on the mismatch between objective peace and prosperity and intersubjective unease), and Death, Freedom, and the Search of Meaning (on what makes us human – in and beyond politics). Dr. Abulof introduces “political existentialism” as a novel approach in the social sciences. He created and directs, with Shirley Le Penne, various pertinent public projects, including Double-Edged, a Psychology Today blog, the Sapienism initiative, and the PrincetonX award-winning online course, HOPE, reviewed best online course of all times in political science and philosophy.


Prof. Abulof is the recipient of the 2016 Young Scholar Award in Israel Studies. During the Covid-19 crisis, Abulof also studies the pandemic politics of existential anxiety (access first published paper here).



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