Eyal, Gil 1965-

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Eyal, Gil 1965-


Born January 20, 1965, in Israel; son of Naftali (an engineer) and Dahava (a social worker) Eyal; married Johanna Shih (a sociologist), August 16, 1998; children: Benjamin, David. Education: Tel-Aviv University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1989, M.A. (summa cum laude), 1991; University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 1992, Ph.D., 1997. Religion: Jewish.


Home—Forest Hills, NY. Office—Columbia University, Department of Sociology, 413 Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027; fax: 212-854-2963. E-mail—[email protected].


University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of sociology, 1997-2002; Columbia University, New York, NY, associate professor, 2002-06, professor of sociology, 2006—, and board member of Middle East Institute; Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA, fellow, 2007-08. Guest speaker at other institutions, including University of Tel-Aviv, 2000, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001, University of Ljubljana, 2004, and Haverford College, 2004; conference and workshop presenter.


American Sociological Association, Association for Israel Studies (board member).


Peace scholar fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1994-95; Lipset Award, Society for Comparative Research, 1998, for "The Breakup of Czechoslovakia: A Sociological Explanation"; Lenfest distinguished faculty award, Columbia University, 2005-06.


(With Ivan Szelenyi and Eleanor Townsley) Making Capitalism without Capitalists: Class Formation and Elite Struggles in Post-Communist Central Europe, Verso (London, England), 1998.

The Origins of Post-Communist Elites: From the Prague Spring to the Breakup of Czechoslovakia, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN), 2003.

Hasart Ha-Kesem min Ha-Mizrah: Toldot Ha-Mizrachanut Be-Idan Ha-Mizrachiut, Hakibutz Hameuchad (Tel-Aviv, Israel), 2005, published as The Disenchantment of the Orient: Expertise in Arab Affairs and the Israeli State, Stanford University Press (Stanford, CA), 2006.

Contributor to books, including Anthology of the Post-Colonial Condition, edited by Yehouda Shenhav, Hakibutz Hameuchad (Tel-Aviv, Israel). Contributor to periodicals, including Thesis 11, Theory and Society, New Left Review, and History and Memory.

Some of Eyal's writings have been published in French, Spanish, Turkish, Bulgarian, German, Romanian, Chinese, and Korean.