Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Specialist Research Areas:
Anti-Semitic hate crimes and events in the U.S. and Europe; web-based anti-Semitic propaganda and extremism, ethnoreligious prejudice within white nationalism, quantitative analysis of bias-incidents, Holocaust denial, the Jewish radical right
Available for consultation in the following areas:
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and workshops; policy formation; government and institutional consultancy; live or pre-recorded media interviews (print, online, radio and television); editorials
Professor Ayal Feinberg is a specialist on contemporary anti-Semitism across the United States and Europe. He has published several peer-reviewed journal articles examining the factors that explain anti-Semitic incident variation. His work has also been widely featured in internationally syndicated media outlets. His research integrates contemporary social science methodology into the study of anti-Semitism and has been taught as an upper-level undergraduate course at the University of North Texas titled, “The Political Weaponization of Anti-Semitism.” He has received numerous research and teaching awards throughout his academic career. He also served as an editorial assistant for the American Political Science Review, the premier journal for the study of political science.
Professor Feinberg’s research challenges extant approaches to the study of anti-Semitism and its radical right perpetrators. Utilizing event-count data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Southern Poverty Law Center among others, his research underscores that hate crime variation is not only explained by political factors and contexts, but that the study of prejudice can and should be studied systematically across time and space using rigorous statistical models. His scholarship has been featured or is forthcoming in International Interactions, Politics and Religion, Contemporary Jewry, PS: Political Science, Harvard National Security Journal, and the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. Additionally, his research and commentary has been featured in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage and The Hill. In 2019, his examination of the effects of Trump rallies and rhetoric on reported extremist incident variation was introduced as evidence in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on “Hate Crime and the Rise of White Nationalism.”