Asher Arian

Asher Arian (August 4, 1938 - July 7, 2010) was an American and Israeli political scientist who was an expert on Israeli politics and election studies, and who served as a professor at universities in Israel and the United States.[1][2]

Arian was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1938, and graduated from John Adams High School.[3] He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961 at Case Western Reserve University, and a PhD in political science at Michigan State University in 1965.[1]

Arian moved to Israel in 1966, and founded the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University, working there until 1989.[1] From 1986, he divided his time between the United States and Israel. He was a professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York from 1986, and at the University of Haifa from 1990 to 2006.[4] Arian served as chair of the Israel Political Science Association, and received its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.[4]

Arian's published works included Politics in Israel: The Second Generation (1985), National Security and Public Opinion in Israel (1988) (co-author), Changing New York City Politics (1991), Security Threatened: Surveying Israeli Opinion on Peace and War (1995), Second Republic: Politics in Israel (1998, 2005), and Executive Governance in Israel (2002) (co-author). He also edited a long-running series of books on elections in Israel, with volumes covering the elections of 1969, 1973, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2006, and 2009.


  1. ^ a b c Shamir, Michal (July 2010). "Prof. Asher Arian 1938-2010". The Israel National Election Studies. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "CUNY Middle East Experts Available For Comment". City University of New York. November 6, 1999. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Segall, Grant (July 19, 2010). "Asher Arian was a leading professor of political science". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Israeli political scientist Asher Arian dies at 72". Jewish News of Northern California. San Francisco. July 23, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2017.