Prof. Orly Benjamin

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Director, Graduate Program in Social Psychology
Reception Hours
Wednesday 10:00-12:00 by appointment by email

Orly Benjamin, Professor at the Sociology and Anthropology department and at the Gender Studies program, received her training in sociology at Tel-Aviv University between 1985 and 1990 and completed her PhD at Oxford University (1995), on the self-development discourse and the negotiability of family work. Orly is the author of two books: her first one was published in 2011 with her student Michal Rom, Feminism, Family and Identity in Israel: Women's Marital Names. It introduces her theory on negotiation in couples’ relationships next to an analysis of the power relations between feminism and familism in Israeli society. Her book Gendering Israel’s Outsourcing: The Erasure of Employees’ Caring Skills, was published in 2016. It introduced a feminist perspective on government procurement of social services in education, healthcare and welfare services. The book elaborates on Orly’ perception concerning the gendered nature of precarious employment. Her other publications, about 50 publications in peer review journals and 14 chapters in edited volumes, were published in international journals in the fields of sociology, social policy, management and gender studies. During 2014 Orly set up the poverty research unit at the social science faculty, which she chairs. The unit aims at creating a data set in the field of barriers and resources for poverty alleviation in Israel. Her field of research in recent years are the quality of jobs, women’s struggle to provide while living in poverty, changes in the welfare policy, emotions. She studies these topics next to her past interest in couples’ negotiation and job insecurity. She is the Chair of the European Sociological Association research network on gender relations in the labor market and the welfare state. She is also co-chair of the family research community of the Israeli sociological association. As part of her commitment to public sociology, Orly Benjamin serves as the Ministry of Education committee for updating the sociology curriculum for Israeli high schools and a board member of the coalition for direct and fair employment. So far, she supervised 15 PhD dissertations and 3 of her PhD students are already part of the next generation of faculty in Israel Academia.

Research fields
  • Poverty
  • welfare state
  • government procurement
  • couples' negotiation
  • sexuality
  • economic violence