Oded D. Oron

Ph.D. 2018, 2014 Ph.D. Cohort
Oded D. Oron

Dissertation Project

Let My People Stay: Irregular Migrants' Struggle for Rights and Recognition

Professional Background



Hebrew, Spanish, Qualitative Methods



Oded Oron is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Cornell Hillel, an affiliate of Cornell Religious United Work. He hopes to use his time in Cornell to support Jewish life on campus and promote his research and social justice work with migrant communities.

Oded was born and raised in one of Tel-Aviv’s suburbs, and his research focuses on the mobilization of irregular migrants such as guest workers, undocumented migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. His dissertation compares African migrants mobilizing in Israel with migrant movements in WA state. Prior to joining the Jackson school, Oded worked in the Israeli media for several years first as a Junior Reporter for Ynet News later as an Editor at Ha’aretz Newspaper and as a Senior Manager for Israel’s Government Press Office. In the past Oded worked as a programs coordinator and facilitator at UCLA’s Hillel and was one of the early organizers of an interfaith Muslim-Jewish dialogue group on campus, and is also an Alumnus of YALA, an online movement of Middle East and North Africa young leaders. Oded’s primary foundational field is Law, Rights, and Governance (LRG) and he is also a CLASS Fellow at the Law, Justice and Societies Program. Oded has a B.A. from Bar-Ilan University in Political Science and Communications and an M.A. in Politics and Government from Ben-Gurion University.


Doctoral Candidate Oded Oron quoted on his asylum-seeker research

A refugee’s journey from the Belgian Congo to Tel Aviv to Seattle

Oded Oron Interviews African Asylum-Seekers in Israel

Teaching the Politics of Migration

Grants & Fellowships

  • Peter Mack and Jamie Mayefeld Endowed Fund for Human Rights, 2016-17.
  • SSI (Space Security Initiative) Junior Fellow, IPI, University of Washington, 2015-2016.
  • Deborah and Doug Rosen Fellow, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2015-2016.
  • The Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellow, University of Washington, 2014-2015.
  • The Begin Center Research Fellow on Nationalism and Liberalism, Jerusalem, Israel, 2013-2014.

Dissertation Committee

Post Graduation


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