Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Elizabeth Stein

Elizabeth SteinDoctoral Candidate
MA Peace and Conflict Studies (Haifa University); BA Political Science (McGill)

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C305

Supervisor: Oded Haklai



Research Interests

Politics of ethnic groups, nationalism, diaspora politics, minority-state relations, Jewish politics. 

Project Description

My research compares the impact of Israel on Jewish politics in Canada, France, and the United States. I look at the organizational patterns of Jews in these countries since 1970 and ask what explains different outcomes: Broadly, Jewish organizations have shifted rightward politically, have increased their focus on Israel and decreased their focus on socio-political issues in Canada, France, and the U.S., and have encouraged non-interventionist foreign policies toward Israel. Why has this shift provoked division and liberal pushback among American Jews since the mid-2000s, but not among Canadian or French Jews?


My research is one expression of my interest in how minority groups form collective interests and attempt to realize these interests toward their governments. Outside academia, I have worked for over ten years with recent immigrants and precarious workers in Toronto, Montreal, and Israel in both front-line and advocacy positions (Centre francophone de Toronto, Kav L’Oved (Workers’ Line), Agence Ometz, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society, and other social-justice and anti-discrimination organizations). I am aslo Managing Editor of Canadian Jewish Studies, a multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal on anything pertaining to the Canadian Jewish experience.


Haglund, David; Stein, Elizabeth. “Ethnic Diasporas and US Foreign Policy.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming (2019).

Elizabeth Moorhouse-Stein, and Rubin, A. “The Index of Identity Group Institutionalization, or the IGI Index:  A New Tool to Quantify the Institutionalization of Identity Groups in Democratic Societies,” Social Indicators Research 128 (2) (2016): 929-955.