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

Diaspora political mobilization, diaspora politics, Jews’ attitudes and activism concerning Israel in different countries.

Project Description

Jewish political activism concerning Israel has shifted rightward since the 1970's in the United States, Canada, and France. Why has there been a liberal backlash in the US on an organizational level, in the form of left-leaning Israel advocacy organizations such as J-Street, but much less so in Canada, despite similar patterns in Jews’ attitudes concerning Israel in both countries? And why has Israel advocacy in France become even more cohesive and right-leaning since 2000?

This research compares Jewish attitudes and activism concerning Israel in Canada, the United States, and France since 2000. My field research takes place in Toronto, Washington DC, and Paris.


During previous university programs I have worked and volunteered with recent immigrants and precarious workers in Toronto, Montreal, and Israel in 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 others). I was also Managing Editor of Canadian Jewish Studies / Études juives canadiennes journal from 2015 to 2020.


(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.