Theodore Sasson is the founding director of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Director of Programs of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. Previously, he taught sociology, international studies and Jewish studies at Middlebury College, where he served as a department chair and rose to the rank of full professor. Concurrently, he led research teams at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University where he held the positions of Visiting Research Professor and Senior Research Scientist. Sasson has published widely in the fields of diaspora studies, Israel studies, American Jewish studies, heritage tourism and the sociology of crime and punishment. He is author most recently of review essays on Israeli perspectives on American Jewry, and Israeli perspectives on civil rights, democracy and Arab-Jewish relations; as well as the book, The New American Zionism (NYU Press, 2014), several previous books, and dozens of articles and research monographs. His short pieces have been published by Tablet Magazine, The Forward, Sh’ma Magazine, The Jerusalem Post and other periodicals. Sasson served as chair of the social science division of the Association for Jewish Studies and on the boards of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and the Association for Israel Studies. He earned his B.A. at Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in sociology at Boston College.