S. Ilan Troen

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Selwyn Ilan Troen is an Israeli scholar. He is the Karl, Harry and Helen Stoll Professor of Israel Studies at Brandeis University. He is a graduate of Brandeis, with an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Troen grew up in the Boston, Massachusetts area, and moved to Israel as a young man.

When he joined the Brandeis faculty, the university announced that it was creating a chair in Israel Studies in order "to develop an accurate historical understanding of the origin and development of the state of Israel and its place in the world." [1]

Troen believes that Israel's secular culture "has drawn from two important traditions: the prophetic tradition within Judaism and universal values generated by an enlightenment society." [2]

Troen is a founder of the journal Israel Studies.[3]

Books and publications[edit]

  • Troen, Selwyn K. and Jacob Lassner. Jews and Muslims in the Arab World; Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined. 2007 ed. Lanham and New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.
  • Troen, Selwyn K. "Israel Studies." Israel Studies 12. 3 issues annually (2007): 600 pages.
  • Troen, Selwyn K. Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs, and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement. Yale University Press, 2003.
  • Troen, Selwyn K. and D.D. Moore. Divergent Jewish Cultures: America and Israel. Yale University Press, 2001.
  • Troen, Selwyn K., ed. Jewish Centers and Peripheries; Europe between America and Israel Fifty Years After World War II. Transaction: New Brunswick and London, 1999.
  • Troen, Selwyn K. and Noah Lucas, ed. Israel: The First Decade of Independence. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995.
  • Troen, S. Ilan and Klaus Bade, ed. Zuwanderung und Eingliederung von Deutschen und Juden aus der fruheren Sowjetunion in Deutschland und Israel. Bonn: Bundeszentrale dur politische Bildung, 1993.
  • Troen, Selwyn K. and Moshe Shemesh, ed. The Suez-Sinai Crisis 1956; Retrospective and Reappraisal. London and New York: Frank Cass and Columbia University Press, 1990.
  • Troen, Selwyn K. and Benjamin Pinkus, ed. Organizing Rescue: National Jewish Solidarity in the Modern Period. London: Frank Cass, 1988.
  • Troen, Selwyn K. and Glenn Holt, S. Thernstrom and T. Hareven. St. Louis. New York: Franklin Watts - New Viewpoints, 1977.
  • Troen, Selwyn K. The Public and the Schools: Shaping the Saint Louis System 1838-1920. University of Missouri Press, 1975.


  1. ^ http://www.dailynewstribune.com/news/local_regional/walt_troen04222003.htm[dead link]
  2. ^ “How Secular or Democratic Can a Jewish State Be?”, Tufts-Fletcher-News, Tufts University, October 2002.
  3. ^ Belasco, Daniel. "A Seat At The Table: With new chair at Brandeis, Israel studies taking its place in academia", The Jewish Week, 14 December 2001.