Prof. Orna Sasson-Levy

Chair of the Department
Prof. Orna Sasson-Levy
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Professor Orna Sasson-Levy serves as the head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, as well as an associate professor at the Program of Gender Studies at Bar-Ilan University. Her main research focuses on the field of gender and militarism. Her publications in this field explore the construction of masculine identities in different military roles; military service and citizenship; the ambivalent positioning of women in the military organization; the meanings of gender integration in the military, the gendered consequences of the transition from a mandatory conscription to a professional military, the influence of globalization on military’s gender regimes, and the meaning of the military service in women’s life stories.

In this field, Sasson-Levy has published many articles in refereed journals (such as Gender & Society; The Sociological Quarterly; Signs; and The British Journal of Sociology), and is the author of two books:

Identities in Uniform: Masculinities and Femininities in the Israeli Military, 2006, Magnes (in Hebrew);

Women Soldiers and Citizenship in Israel: Gendered Encounters with the State, with Edna Lomsky-Feder, (2018), Routledge.

In addition, in the last few years Sasson-levy has been studying and publishing on the subject of Israeli ethnicities, focusing on the unmarked ethnicity of the hegemonic groups – the Ashkenazim; on intersectionality of gender and ethnicity in the military; on inter-generational differences in conceptions of hegemonic ethnicity, and the on the Israeli form of ethnic passing.

 A third filed of interest, in which Sasson-Levy is mainly supervising MA Thesis and PhD dissertations is the study of new social movements, especially from a gendered perspective, with a focus on LGBT activism in Israel.


Research fields: 
  • Gender and Militarism: Military Gender Identities, Masculinities, Gender Integration in the Military, Military Service and Citizenship, the Place of Military Service in Israeli Women's Life Stories.
  • Ethnicity: Ashkenziyut (Israeli Whiteness), Intersectionality of Gender and Ethnicities in the Military, Ethnic Generations, Passing.
  • Social Movements: Gender and New Social Movements.
  • Feminist Theory: Gender Separation, Women's' Exclusion, Social Responsibility for Gender Equality in Israel.



Lomsky-Feder Edna and Orna Sasson-Levy. 2018. Women Soldiers and Citizenship in Israel: Gendered Encounters with the State. New York and London: Routledge.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2006. Identities in Uniform: Masculinities and Femininities in the Israeli Military, Jerusalem: Eshkolot Series, Magnes Press, and Tel Aviv: Migdarim Series, Hakibutz Hameucahd Press [in Hebrew].

Books as Editor

Orna Sasson-levy and Edna Lomsky-Feder. Forthcoming (2018). Gender at the Base: Women, Men and Military Service in Israel. Jerusalem: Van Leer and Hakibutz Hameuchad (Hebrew).


Ze'ev Shavit, Orna Sasson-Levy, and Guy Ben-Porat, Eds. 2013. Points of Reference: Changing Identities and Social Positioning in Israeli Society. Jerusalem: Van-Leer Institute, and Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Press [in Hebrew].



Articles in Refereed Journals


Hartal Gilly and Orna Sasson-Levy, forthcoming. Re-reading homonationalism: An Israeli spatial perspective. Journal of Homosexuality.

Karazi-Presler, Tair, Orna Sasson-Levy and Edna Lomsky-Feder, Forthcoming. Gender, Emotions Management, and Power in Organizations: The Case of Israeli Women Junior Military Officers, Sex Roles.

Sasson-Levy Orna and Chen Misgav. 2017. Gender Studies in Israel in the Early 21st Century: Between Neo-Liberalism and Neo-Colonialism. Megamot 41 (2): 165 - 206 [in Hebrew].

Hartal Gilly and Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2017. Being [in] the center - Sexual citizenship and homonationalism at Tel Aviv’s Gay-Center.  Sexualities, 20(5–6): 738–761.

Perez Merav and Orna Sasson-Levy. 2015. Avoiding Military Service in a Militaristic Society: A Chronicle of Resistance to Hegemonic Masculinity. Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, 40 (4): 462-488.

Lomsky-Feder, Edna and Orna Sasson-Levy. 2015. "Serving the Army as Secretaries: Intersectionality, Social Contracts and Subjective Experience of Citizenship", British Journal of Sociology, 66 (1): 173 – 192.

Sasson-Levy, Orna, and Avi Shoshana. 2014. "Hishtaknezut: Ethnic Performance and its Failure." Theory and Criticism 42: 71 – 97, [in Hebrew].

Zamwel, Einat, Orna Sasson-Levy, and Guy Ben-Porat. 2014. "Voluntary Simplifiers as Political Consumers:  Individuals Practicing Politics through Reduced Consumption." Journal of consumer culture 14(2): 199–217

Sasson-Levy Orna et Edna Lomsky-Feder. 2013, Genre et violence dans les paroles de soldates: le cas d’Israël, Critique internationale, n°60 juillet-septembre, p. 71-88 [in French].

Sasson-Levy, Orna, and Avi Shoshana. 2013. "'Passing' as (Non) Ethnic: The Israeli Version of Acting White." Sociological Inquiry 83 (3): 448-472.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2013. "A Different Kind of Whiteness: Marking and Unmarking of Social Boundaries in the Construction of Hegemonic Ethnicity."  Sociological Forum 28 (1): 27 – 50.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2013. "Ethnic Generations: Evolving Ethnic Perceptions among Dominant Groups." The Sociological Quarterly 54: 399–423.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2011. "From the Military as a Gendered Organization to Militarized Inequality Regimes: Research on Gender and the Military in Israel." Israel Studies Review 26 (2): 73-98.

Sasson-Levy, Orna, Yagil Levy, and Edna Lomsky-Feder. 2011. "Women Breaking the Silence: Military Service, Gender and Antiwar Protest." Gender & Society 25 (6): 740-763. 

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2011. "Gendered Implications of the Transition to a Professional Military." The Public Sphere 5: 73-92 [in Hebrew].

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2008. “I Don’t Want an Ethnic Identity: The Marking and Erasing of Boundaries in Contemporary Discourses of Ashkenaziyut”. Theory and Criticism, 33: 101-129 [in Hebrew].

Levy, Gal and Orna Sasson-Levy. 2008. “Militarized Socialization, Military Service and Class Reproduction: the Experiences of Israeli Soldiers”. Sociological Perspectives, 51 (2): 349-374.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2008. “Individual Bodies, Collective State Interests: The Case of Israeli Combat Soldiers” Men and Masculinities, 10 (3): 296-321.

Sasson-Levy, Orna and Sarit Amram-Katz, 2007. "Gender Integration in Israeli Officer Training: Degendering and Regendering the Military," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 33 (1): 105-135. 

Published also in:

Alexander Karen and Mary Hawkesworth. (Eds.), 2008. Feminist Perspectives on War and Terror, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 331-361.


Sasson-Levy, Orna, 2007. Contradictory Consequences of Mandatory Conscription: The Case of Women Secretaries in the Israeli Military”, Gender & Society 21 (4): 481-507.

Sasson-Levy, Orna, 2003. “Military, Masculinity and Citizenship: Tensions and Contradictions in the Experience of Blue-Collar Soldiers” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 10 (3): 319-345.

Sasson-Levy, Orna, 2003. “Masculinity as Protest: Identity Constructions of Soldiers in Blue Collar Roles” Israeli Sociology 5 (1): 15-47 [in Hebrew]. 

Sasson-Levy, Orna and Tamar Rapoport. 2003. “Gender, Body and Knowledge in Protest Movements”, Gender & Society 17 (3): 379-403. 

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2003. “Feminism and Military Gender Practices: Israeli Women Soldiers in ‘Masculine’ roles”, The Sociological Inquiry 73 (3): 440-465.

Sasson-Levy, Orna and Tamar Rapoport. 2002. “Body and Knowledge in Social Movements”, Megamot 41 (4): 489-514 [in Hebrew].

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2002. “Constructing Identities at the Margins: Masculinities and Citizenship in the Israeli Army”, The Sociological Quarterly 43 (3): 353-383.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2001. “Gender Performance in a Changing Military: Women Soldiers in “Masculine” Roles”, Israel Studies Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 17 (1): 7-23.

Book Chapters:


Sasson-Levy, Orna. Forthcoming (2017). Ethnicity and Gender in Militaries: An Intersectional Analysis”, in Rachel Woodward and Claire Duncanson (Eds.): The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military.

Safran Hannnah, Racheli Hartal and Orna Sasson-Levy, 2016. “Local Lesbian Herstory: Activism, Struggles and Achievements”, in Alon Harel, Einav H. Morgenstern, Yaniv Lushinsky (Eds.) LGBTQ Rights in Israel: Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and the Law. Jerusalem: The Harry and Michael Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law, Nevo Publishers.Pp. 45 – 80.

Lomsky-Feder Edna and Orna Sasson-Levy. 2016. “The Effects of Military Service on Women’s Lives from the Narrative Perspective”. In Helena Carreiras, Celso Castro and Sabina Frederic (Eds.): Researching the Military, New York: Routledge. Pp. 94 – 107.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2016. "Women’s Memories of Soldiering: An Intersectionality Perspective", in Ayse Gul Altinay and Andrea Peto (Eds.), Gendered Wars, Gendered Memories: Feminist Conversations on War, Genocide and Political Violence. Ashgate books, Farnham, UK: Gower. Pp. 109 – 121.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2014.  "Gender separation or Women's exclusion?  The military as a case study" in Elisheva Rosman-Stollman and Ahraon Kampinsky (Eds.), Civil-Military Relations in Israel: Essays in Honour of Stuart A. Cohen, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. Pp. 147 – 171.

Sasson-Levy, Orna, Guy Ben Porat and Ze'ev Shavit. 2013. "Stability, Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Identities in Contemporary Israel," in Ze'ev Shavit, Orna Sasson-Levy, and Guy Ben-Porat (eds.), Points of Reference: Changing Identities and Social Positioning in Israeli Society. Jerusalem: Van-Leer Institute, and Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Press [in Hebrew]. Pp. 7-25.

Sasson-Levy, Orna, 2013. "'I'm an Ashkenazi, My Parents Don't See Themselves as Such': Intergenerational Differences in Perceptions of Ashkenaziness," in Ze'ev Shavit, Orna Sasson-Levy, and Guy Ben-Porat (Eds.), Points of Reference: Changing Identities and Social Positioning in Israeli Society. Jerusalem: Van-Leer Institute, and Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Press [in Hebrew]. Pp. 149-179.

Sasson-Levy, Orna, 2013. "Gender Separation or Women's Exclusion? The Military as a Case Study," in Roni Halpern (Ed.), Where Am I? Gendered Perspectives on Space. Kfar Saba: Beit Berl College [in Hebrew]. Pp. 111-141.

Sasson-Levy, Orna, and Orly Benjamin. 2012. "Public Responsibility for Gender Equality." In Kasher, A., R. Cohen-Almagor, and O. Arbel-Ganz (Eds), Handbook of Public Responsibility, Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Press [in Hebrew] Pp. 497-527.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2011. "The Military in a Globalized Environment: Perpetuating  an 'Extremely Gendered' Organization." In Jeanes, E., D. Knights and P.Yancey Martin (Eds.), Handbook of Gender, Work and Organization. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. Pp. 391-411

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2010. "Where Will the Women be? Gendered Implications of the Decline of the Israeli citizen's Army." In Stuart Cohen, (Ed.), The New Citizen Armies: Israel's Armed Forces in Comparative Perspective, London: Routledge, Pp. 173-195.

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2010. "The Military and Gender Identities." In Gender and the Military. Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defence Publishing House [in Hebrew].

Sasson-Levy, Orna and Gal Levy. 2005. “Combat is Best? Republican Socialization, Gender and Class in Israel”, in H. Gor-Ziv (Ed.): Militarism and Education, Tel Aviv: Bavel [in Hebrew].  

Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2001. “Subversion within Oppression: Constructing Gender Identities among Women Soldiers in ‘Masculine’ Roles” in Y. Atzmon (Ed.): Will you Hear My Voice: Representations of Women in Israeli Culture, Tel Aviv: Hakkibutz Hameuchad, Pp. 277-303 [in Hebrew].