Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Elizabeth Moorhouse-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

Diaspora political mobilization, Ethnic nationalism, minorities - state relations, Jewish politics, Diaspora-Israel relations

Project Description

My research compares organized Jewish advocacy and activism concerning Israel in Canada, the United States, and France since the late 1990s. I am interested in the extent to which the spectrum of Israel-advocacy organizations and Jewish advocacy organizations focused on Israel issues in Canada, the United States, and France represent the views and attitudes of Jews toward Israel in each of these countries.

My questions include: Why is organized Jewish activism concerning Israel more divisive and more varied politically in the US than it is in Canada, despite survey data showing that Canadian and American Jews’ attitudes toward Israel are similar? Why is organized Jewish activism concerning Israel in France relatively cohesive and conservative as compared to both the United States and Canada?  

I have received funding for this research from the government of Quebec (Fonds de Recherche de Québec - Société et Culture), the government of Ontario (Ontario Graduate Scholarship), the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, the School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University, and other sources.


During previous university programs I worked and volunteered with recent immigrants and precarious workers in Toronto, Montreal, and Israel in front-line, advocacy, and research positions (Centre francophone de Toronto, Kav L’Oved (Workers’ Line), Agence Ometz, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society, and others). I was also Managing Editor of Canadian Jewish Studies journal from 2015 to 2020.


(Forthcoming) "Attitudes and Activism Concerning Israel." in Randal F. Schnoor and Robert Brym, editors. Canada's Jews in Comparative Perspective. University of Toronto Press, 2022.

(With David Haglund) "Ethnic Diasporas and US Foreign Policy," Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, rev. and updated 2020. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756223-0069.

Moorhouse-Stein, Elizabeth 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: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement 128 (2) (2016): 929-955.