Tamar Hofnung is a PHD candidate of the Advanced Research-Studies Program ("Telem") of the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University. She is also a graduate student of the first cohort of the Human Rights under Pressure joint interdisciplinary doctoral program with Free University of Berlin.
Tamar was born and raised in Jerusalem. She received her B.A (magna cum laude) in sociology anthropology, East Asian Studies and the history school program for distinguished students from the Hebrew University. For her M.A (magna cum laude) studies Tamar joined the Advanced Research-Studies Program ("Telem") of the Department of Political Science. Before she began her M.A studies, Tamar has received the Japanese Government Research Scholarship (Monbukagakusho), awarded by the Japanese ministry of education. During her 2 year fellowship in Kyoto University, Tamar has conducted research concerning the Japanese Yakuza (organized crime group) and a study on physician’s attitudes towards patients who suffer from domestic violence.
Through her graduate studies Tamar has been interested in understanding how contested social issues, mainly human rights issues, come to be understood as problems deserving state response, and how this may affect the policy trajectory of such issues. In particular Tamar is interested in exploring the cases of domestic violence policy and affirmative action.