Prof. Irit Keynan is a graduate of Tel Aviv University (B.A. and PhD). Prior to joining the College for Management, Irit taught at the College for Academic Studies in Or-Yehuda where she chaired the graduate program for Education, Society and Culture and the Institute for Civic Responsibility. She was a visiting scholar at the Taub Center in New York University (2009), a visiting professor at UCLA (2012), and a visiting researcher in the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2014).
Prof. Keynan has published extensively in the areas of collective memory, war trauma, victimhood, multiculturalism and social justice. She is also the author of two award winning books on survivors of the Holocaust and on war trauma and a co-editor of two essay collections on multiculturalism and on civil and cultural aspects of security.
In addition to her academic life, Prof. Keynan is also an active participant in the public domain. She was the founding executive director of The Rabin Center for Israel Studies and served as an advisor on social responsibility to the President of the University of Haifa entrusted, inter-alia, with fostering cooperation between the university and underprivileged local communities, including establishing the still active students’ village. She is also the initiator, founder and board member of “Kav-Mashve”, a non-governmental association for equality in employment of Arab university graduates. Currently she chairs the Israeli academic forum for civil studies and is a member of the steering committee of a new initiative for educating towards democracy. Prof. Keynan also participates in reconciliation initiatives, focusing on overcoming the psychological barriers of collective memory.