Martin Kramer, PhD (Princeton University, 1982) is the former MDC Center Director and is a Principal Researcher Associate Emeritus at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. Fields of specialization: Arab politics, Islamic activism, history of Israel.
Kramer was the founding president of Shalem College in Jerusalem, Israel’s first liberal arts college, where he continues to teach the modern history of the Middle East. He is also the Koret Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Kramer earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton, where he prepared his thesis under the supervision of Bernard Lewis. He then spent twenty-five years at Tel Aviv University, where he directed the MDC. Kramer has taught as a visiting professor at Brandeis University, the University of Chicago, Cornell University, Georgetown University, and The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He has also served as a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and Harvard University's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies.