Prof. Orna Sasson-Levy

Chair of the Department
Prof. Orna Sasson-Levy
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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.




Shavit, Ze'ev, Orna Sasson-Levy, and Guy Ben-Porat, eds. Forthcoming. Points of Reference: Changing Identities and Social Positioning in Israeli Society. Jerusalem: Van-Leer Institute, and Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Press (Hebrew). 
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 (Hebrew). 
Articles in Refereed Journals

Hartal Gilly and Orna Sasson-Levy. Forthcoming. Being [in] the center - Sexual citizenship and homonationalism at Tel Aviv’s Gay-Center.  Sexualities.

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 (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 (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 as:
Sasson-Levy, Orna and Sarit Amram-Katz, 2008. "Gender Integration in Israeli Officer Training: Degendering and Regendering the Military", in Feminist Perspectives on War and Terror, Editors: Karen Alexander and Mary Hawkesworth, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 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 (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, Pp. 489-514 (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. 
Published also as: 
     Fuchs Esther, (Editor) 2005. Israeli Women's Studies: A Reader. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, N.J. Pp. 265-279. 
Book Chapters

Safran Hannnah, Racheli Hartal and Orna Sasson-Levy, Forthcoming. “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.

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 Handbook of Public Responsibility, edited by A. Kasher, R. Cohen-Almagor, and O. Arbel-Ganz, 497-527. Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Press (Hebrew). 
Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2011. "The Military in a Globalized Environment: Perpetuating  an 'Extremely Gendered' Organization." In Handbook of Gender, Work and Organization, edited by E. Jeanes, D. Knights and P.Yancey Martin, 391-411. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2010. "Where Will the Women be? Gendered Implications of the Decline of the Israeli citizen's Army." In The New Citizen Armies: Israel's Armed Forces in Comparative Perspective, edited by Stuart Cohen, 173-195. London: Routledge. 
Sasson-Levy, Orna. 2010. "The Military and Gender Identities." In Gender and the Military. Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defence Publishing House (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 (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).
Published also in German as:

Sasson-Levy, orna. 2003. “Frauen als Grenzgangerinnen im Israelischen Miltar: Identitaetsstrategien und -praktiken Soldaten in "Maennlichen" Rollen" in R. Seifert and C. Eifler (Eds.) Gender und Militar: Internationale Erfahrungenmit Frauen und manner in Streitkraften, Berlin: Helmer Verlag. Pp. 74-101.