Yuval Feinstein is a visiting associate professor in the Harvard Department of Sociology and a tenured senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Haifa in Israel. He studies ethnicity and nationalism and related phenomena. In a main line of research, he explores how national identities—which are profound and emotionally-laden, but at the same time complex, contested, contextual, and malleable—influence political attitudes. He is especially interested in how national identities influence public support or opposition to the use of military power in international conflicts and public attitudes toward domestic ethnic/racial minorities and toward immigrants. His other research topics include the history of nation-state formation, and inter-ethnic relations. He has published articles in many peer-reviewed journals. His new book, “Rallying around the Flag: National Honor, Respect, and Shifts in Public Opinion,” is forthcoming in Oxford University Press.
During the 2021-2022 academic year, Dr. Feinstein will teach courses on “Ethnic Division and Segregation: Causes, Expressions, and Consequences,” “Nationalism and the Nation-State,” “Public Opinion Formation and Change in the United States and Abroad,” and “Nationalism and Political Attitudes in the United States and Israel” (a research seminar).