Nelly Elias, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at BGU. Among her main research interests are media in early childhood and family life in native born and immigrant families. Currently she is conducting a series of projects on shaping media habits in early childhood, parents and children's digital media practices in public places, media contents addressing toddlers and preschoolers and grandparental mediation of children's media uses.
|Natalia Khvorostianov, Ph.D.
Certified social worker and group therapist and a Senior Lecturer at Department of Communication Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research centers on the intersection of sociology, social work, communication, disability, and immigration studies. Her most recent studies tackle the issues of volunteering for social causes, elderly immigrants' coping, and inter-generational dialog among Russian immigrants. She conducts resilience workshops, support groups and online lectures for Russian speaking immigrant.
|Haim Maor, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of the Department of the Arts at BGU and a former curator of Ben-Gurion University art galleries. He presented tens of solo exhibitions, took part in group exhibitions in Israel and overseas and was awarded prizes, among them: (2010) The Minister of Culture and Sport Award, (2004) The Council of Culture Award, Mif''al Hapais, (1995) The Zussman Award, Yad Va'shem, (2018) The Arik Einstein Ministry of Science and Arts award for Life Achievements. In his art, Prof. Maor addresses his identity as a son to parents who were immigrant and Holocaust survivors and the dialogue with "others" in the Israeli society.
|Ilana Rosen, Ph.D.
Professor at the Department of Hebrew Literature. She studies folk and documentary literature of Jews and Israelis in the twentieth century. Her works deal with Holocaust memory and narrative, Jews of Hungary and Central Europe in the interwar period, the exodus of Egyptian Jews in the mid-twentieth-century, immigration, and settlement in the Israeli south in the modern era, and various genres of documentary writing and oral expression, focusing on life-story, memoir, and witness poetry.
|Adi Portugez, Ph.D.
Historian and the Head of Infrastructure Information System at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism and the director of Ben-Gurion Archives. The archives recently launched a documentation project of settlements in the Negev collecting and documenting life stories of immigrants in the Negev.
|Ortal Slobodin, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University. Her research examines the role of social and cultural aspects (e.g., attitudes, perceptions, values, expectations) in immigrant families' mental health, parenting practices, child development, and family relationships. She is interested in different types of immigration, including forced migration, expatriation, and repatriation. Based on eco-cultural models of human development, her studies are guided by an interdisciplinary approach, integrating psychological, developmental, sociological, anthropological, and public health knowledge.