University of Calgary

Michael Keren

  • Affiliated Instructor (ended on Jan 5, 2018)


Ben Gurion and the Intellectuals: Power, Knowledge and Charisma. Dekalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 1983. (Published in Hebrew by Ben-Gurion University Press). 


The Pen and the Sword: Israeli Intellectuals and the Making of the Nation‑State, Boulder, Col., Westview Press, 1989. (Published in Hebrew by Ramot).


Professionals against Populism: The Peres Government and Democracy,

Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1995. (Published in Hebrew by Ramot).

Zichroni v. State of Israel: The Biography of a Civil Rights Lawyer, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2002. (Published in Hebrew by Hed Artzi)


The citizen’s Voice: Twentieth Century Politics and Literature, Calgary, AB.: University of Calgary Press, 2003.


Blogosphere; The New Political Arena, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006.


(With Shlomit Keren). We Are Coming, Unafraid: The Jewish Legions and the Promised Land in the First World War, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

Politics and Literature at the Turn of the Millennium. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2015.

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Recent refereed articles

(With Shlomit Keren). “The Jewish Legions in World War I as a Locus of Identity Formation,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 6 (1) (March 2007): 69-83. “The ‘Original Position’ in José Saramago’s Blindness Review of Politics 69 (Summer 2007). Pp. 447-463. “Fiction and the Study of Slums: Anosh Irani’s The Cripple and his Talismans.” Journal of Poverty 12 (2) 2008: 251-261. “A Canadian Alternative to the ‘Clash of Civilizations.” International Journal of Canadian Studies 37. 2008: 41-55. (With Shlomit Keren). “Chaplain with a Star of David: Rabbi L.A. Falk and the Jewish Legions.” Israel Affairs 14 (April 2008). 180-197. “The Bystander’s Tale: Gil Courtemanche's A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali and the Rwandan Genocide.” Studies in Canadian Literature 34.2 (2010): 22-39. "Blogging and Mass Politics." Biography, 2010. " Biography 33/1 (Winter 2010): 110-126. "Absurdity and Revolt in Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'" Phaenex: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture." Vol. 7 (Spring/Summer 2012): 221-243."Kafka's' Metamorphosis' and the New Media." Gag 30 (December 2013): (In Hebrew). "The Quest for Identity in Sayed Kashua's Let it be Morning." Israel Studies 19:1 (Spring 2014): 126-144. "No, Prime Minister; Public Intellectuals and Power in Israel." Media International Australia 156. August 2015: 79-88.

Edited Books

The Concentration of Media Ownership and Freedom of the Press. Tel Aviv: Ramot, 1996.


History of Political Thought, Two Volumes. Tel Aviv: Open University Press 2001. (In Hebrew).


  (With Don Sylvan) Dilemmas of International Intervention: Sovereignty vs. Responsibility. London: Frank Cass, 2002.


 (With Holger Herwig), War Memory and Popular Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009.

(With Richard Hawking), Speaking Power to Truth: Digital Discourse and the Public Intellectual. AU Press, 2015.


Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD - Political Science
    University of Minnesota, 1975
  • BA - Philosophy and Political Science
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1968
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