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Tamar Hofnung


Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: How do broad, complex, and novel issues of human rights end up receiving very narrow policy treatment

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Tamar Hofnung is a graduate student of the first cohort of the the HR-UP PhD program. She is also a student at the Advanced Research-Studies Program ("Telem") of the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Before beginning her graduate studies, Tamar has earned a BA with honors in sociology anthropology, East Asian Studies and the history school program for distinguished students from the Hebrew University. After receiving her BA, Tamar has received the Japanese Government research scholarship (Monbukagakusho), awarded by the Japanese ministry of education.  During her 2 year fellowship in Kyoto University, Tamar has conducted research concerning the Japanese Yakuza (organized crime group) and a study on physician’s attitudes towards patients who suffer from domestic violence.

Field of Research: How do broad, complex, and novel issues of human rights end up receiving very narrow policy treatment

Her current research focuses on the politics of combating violence against women. More specifically, her research aims to explore the US' Federal DV intervention policy, which represents an exemplary case of a human rights issue, that ends up being co-opted by the state and generating policies that erode the same cases it was initially aimed to defend, marginalizing groups of diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Tamar also has a broad interest in Japanese politics culture and society, as well as social deviation in general and organized crime in particular. 

Freie Universität Berlin
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School