Paula Kabalo is currently the director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In the last six years she served as the founding chair of the Woodman Scheller  Israel Studies International MA program. She is also heading the Center for Israel Studies at the institute, a complex of research hubs aiming to un-code core themes related to the Israel phenomena and the Zionist Idea. Paula served as historical consultant for the documentary, Ben-Gurion: Epilogue'.

Her research focus is on the history of citizen associations and Civil Society  in Israel and the inter-relations between David Ben-Gurion and various strata of society in Israel and the Jewish World.  Kabalo mapped, reviewed and shed light on the role of common people in central historical junctions. Her book: Shurat Ha'Mitnadvin – The Story of a Civic Association, is a case study for the understanding of the evolution of Israel's democracy.  Her forthcoming book is entitled A Force to be Reckoned With: Civic Associations and Community Resilience in Israel's War of Independence.  In addition She published dozens of articles on the patterns and roles of civic associations during Israel's early history (pre and post  1948), on the history of Israel's youth, on state-citizen relations in Israel and on David Ben-Gurion's concept of civic engagement.

During the academic years of 2007-2009, Kabalo served as a Schusterman visiting professor in Israel Studies at the Elie Wiesel center for Jewish Studies, Boston University; during the fall semester of 2001 she  was  Johns Hopkins Philanthropy Fellow at the JHU Center for Civil Society Studies.


Selected List Publications


Kabalo, Paula,(2007) שורת המתנדבים – קורותיו של ארגון אזרחים Shurat Hamitnadvim: the Story  of a Civic Association, The Weizmann Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel at Tel Aviv University and Am Oved Publishing House, 303pp.


Kabalo, Paula, (2003). 'אזרחים מתבגרים: כינוס התלמידים בשיך מוניס – התנגשות, דיאלוג ומפגש''Teenage  Citizens: The youth  conference in Sheih Munis - Conflict, Dialogue & Meeting', Israel, Vol 4, pp. 123-154, (Hebrew).

Kabalo, Paula, (2006). 'Constructing Civil Society: Citizen Associations in Israel in the 1950s,' Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 35:2, pp. 161-182 (English)

Kabalo, Paula, (2008). 'Leadership Behind the Curtains: the Case of Israeli Women in 1948', Modern Judaism, Vol. 28, pp. 14-40 (English)

Kabalo, Paula, (2008).  'Mediating Between Citizens and a New State: the History of  Shurat Hamitnadvim', Israel Studies, 13:2, pp. 97-121 (English)

Kabalo, Paula, (2009). 'The Historical Dimension: Jewish Associations in Palestine and Israel 1880s – 1950', Journal of Civil Society, Vol 5: 1, 1-20 (English)

Kabalo, Paula (2009). 'A Fifth Nonprofit Regime? Revisiting the Social Origins Theory – The Case of Jewish Associational Life as a "New States" Model', Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 38:4, pp.  627-642 (English)

Kabalo, Paula, Katz, Hagai, (2014). 'Internally Displaced Persons Between Nonprofit and Government: Comparing Two Israeli Wars', Journal of Civil Society 10,3 273-293

Kabalo, Paula (2017 ). David Ben-Gurion's leadership as a ''two-way interaction process'', Leadership, Vol.13:3, pp. 320-342

Kabalo, Paula (2018). City With No Walls: David Ben-Gurion's Jerusalem Vision Post-June 1967. Modern Judaism. DOI: 10.1093