Shenhav, Yehouda A.

views updated

Shenhav, Yehouda A.


Education: Tel Aviv University, B.A., 1977; Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, M.Sc., 1981; Stanford University, M.A., 1983, Ph.D., 1985.


Office—Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. E-mail—[email protected]


Stanford University, Stanford, CA, department of sociology, lecturer, 1985, visiting assistant professor, summers, 1988-90, fall-winter, 1994-95; Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, department of sociology and anthropology, assistant professor, 1986-89, senior lecturer, 1989-93, associate professor, 1993-2006, professor, 2006—, department chair, 1995-98; University of Iowa, Iowa City, department of sociology, visiting associate professor, summer, 1991; University of Wisconsin-Madison, school of business, visiting associate professor, 1992-93; the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, senior research fellow, codirector of the Forum on Israeli Culture and Society, 1999-2006; Columbia University, New York, NY, department of sociology, visiting associate professor, 2002-04; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, department of sociology, visiting associate professor, fall, 2003.

Serves as an editor or on the editorial board for Body & Society, Journal of Management Studies, Hamar, Jamaa, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewish Culture, Palestinian Review of History and Society, Contexts, Management & Organizational History, Organizational Studies, and the book series "Theory & Criticism in Context"; presenter at conferences around the world.


Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Forum for Cultural and Social Studies in Israel, Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition (cofounder).


Pinhas Sapir Center, Department of Economics, grant, 1987-90; Golda Meir Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, grant, 1987; Ford Foundation, grant, 1988-89, 1994-95; Israel Science Foundation, grant, 1995-96.


(With Yitchak Haberfeld) Beyond a "Smoking Gun" Type Discrimination: A Firm Level Analysis of Rewards and Opportunities, Pinhas Sapir Center for Development (Tel Aviv, Israel), 1987.

Ide'ologyot Nihul Be-'idan Ha-ratsyonaliyut, Matkal/Ketsin hinukh rashi/Gale Tsahal (Tel Aviv, Israel), 1991.

Mekhonat Ha-irgun: Hakirah Bikortit Bi-yesodot Torat Ha-nihul, Shoken (Jerusalem, Israel), 1995.

Ma'avak Holekh Ve-ne'lam: Yitsug Sikhsukhe Ha-'avodah Be-khitve 'et Shel Tenuat Ha-nihul Ben Ha-shanim 1887-1932: Kolel Taktsir 'Ivri Ve-Angli, Mekhon Goldah Meir le-hikre avodah vehevrah (Tel Aviv, Israel), 1995.

Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1999.

(With Hanan Haver and Peninah Motsafi-Haley) Mizrahim Be-Yiśra'el: 'Iyun Bikorti Mehudash, Mekhon Van Lir bi-Yerushalayim (Jerusalem, Israel), 2002.

Merhav, Adamah, Bayit, Mekhon Van Lir bi-Yerushalayim (Jerusalem, Israel), 2003.

Ha-Yehudim-ha-'Arvim: Le'umiyut, Dat Ve-etniyut, 'Am 'oved (Tel Aviv, Israel), 2003.

Kolonyaliyut Veha-matsav Ha-postkolonyali: Antologyah Shel Targum U-makor, Mekhon Van Lir bi-Yerushalayim (Jerusalem, Israel), 2004.

(With Yossi Yonah) Rav Tarbutiyut Mahi? 'al Hapolitikah Shel Ha-shonut Be-Yiśra'el, Bavel (Tel Aviv, Israel), 2005.

The Arab Jews: A Postcolonial Reading of Nationalism, Religion, and Ethnicity, Stanford University Press (Stanford, CA), 2006.

Contributor to numerous journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Theory & Society, Nations and Nationalism, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Israeli Sociology, Journal of Management History, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Organization Studies.


Yehouda A. Shenhav was educated at Tel Aviv University in Israel, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1977. From there he went on to Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, earning an M.Sc. in industrial management in 1981. Traveling to the United States, he furthered his education at Stanford University, earning a master's degree in sociology in 1983, and a doctorate in that same subject in 1985. Over the course of his career as a writer and educator, Shenhav has served as a visiting professor of sociology at several universities, including Columbia, Princeton, and Stanford. He serves on the faculty of the Tel Aviv University, where he began as a lecturer and rose to full professor of sociology in 2006. Shenhav also serves as the head of advanced studies at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and as editor for a number of publications. He is a frequent presenter or lecturer at conferences around the world. His primary areas of research interest include management and capitalism in the United States, social stratification, nationalism, and ethnicity, and he has written frequently on these subjects, both in Hebrew and in English.

In Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution, Shenhav takes a look at the roots of management styles within modern organizations and attempts to determine what ideology determined their development. He links this question to the emergence of engineering as a profession at the turn of the twentieth century, and how leaders in the discipline pushed to gain notice in such a way that they ultimately restructured the standard ways in which business had been practiced previously. Andrew Hargadon, in a review for the Administrative Science Quarterly, remarked that the book "casts a new light on engineers as a relatively ignored set of political actors who strongly shaped modern concepts of management and management theory."

The Arab Jews: A Postcolonial Reading of Nationalism, Religion, and Ethnicity addresses the issue of Jews who come from Muslim countries and how they fit into the global political and social sphere. While other combinations of nationality and religion are considered explosive, Shenhav proposes that this particular group is the least examined and potentially the most volatile in the political arena. Ian S. Lustick, reviewing The Arab Jews for the Middle East Journal, found the work a bit repetitive in places due to its structure as a series of essays, some of which appeared in print elsewhere, but concluded that "this is a brave, fascinating, excellent book that will mark an important turning point in the study of Jews from Arab and Islamic countries and their relationship to the Jewish state.



Administrative Science Quarterly, June, 2001, Andrew Hargadon, review of Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution, p. 358.

American Journal of Sociology, November, 2003, Dirk Zorn, review of Manufacturing Rationality, p. 768.

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, May, 2007, L.D. Loeb, review of The Arab Jews: A Postcolonial Reading of Nationalism, Religion, and Ethnicity, p. 1589.

Contemporary Sociology, September, 2007, Diane L. Wolf, review of The Arab Jews, p. 442.

Middle East Journal, winter, 2007, Ian S. Lustick, review of The Arab Jews, p. 165.

Technology and Culture, July, 2001, Howell Harris, review of Manufacturing Rationality, p. 582.


Tel Aviv University Web site, (February 9, 2008), faculty profile.

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute Web site, (February 9, 2008), faculty profile.

About this article

Shenhav, Yehouda A.

Updated About content Print Article