Yossi Shavit

Principal Researcher and Early Childhood Development and Inequality Initiative Chair

Professor Yossi Shavit is professor emeritus of Sociology at Tel Aviv University and Principal Researcher at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983). He specializes in the study of social inequalities, with an emphasis on education and on education policies that aim to attenuate socioeconomic inequalities. He also studies Jewish-Arab relations in Israeli school systems. Shavit is the founding head of the Taub Center’s Initiative on Early Childhood Development and Inequality.

Professor Shavit is a member (emeritus) of the US National Academy of Education, and until recently, he served as the president of RC28 (the leading international association for the investigation of social stratification and mobility). He is also a past president of the Israeli Sociological Society.