Dr. Patricia J. Sohn, Ph.D. 

(UF faculty, August 2001 – present)


Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Joint Appointment, Center for Jewish Studies
Affiliate, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, and the Center for Global Islamic Studies


AY 2019-2020 Activities
Beginning Spring 2020:
Faculty Senator
Member, University Curriculum Committee
Member, Academic Policy Council
Chair, Department Curriculum Committee


Also published as Patricia Woods prior to 2017.

What Is Nationalism? A Nation? A Nationalist?

PATRICIA J. SOHN, NOV 16 2018, 4,328 VIEWS as of 5/4/20
Image by Nico Paix on E-International Relations

The Arena: People and Politics

Dr. Sohn is founder of a new blog, entitled, The Arena: People and Politics.  It includes monthly contributions from herself, and it welcomes contributions from scholars, professionals, and lay people regarding micro-level, grassroots, local, and local-national intersections in politics.  Blog pieces should be 500-2000 words, preferable.  They should be grounded in concrete events or phenomena from specific places, or the intersection of theory and such case materials.  See page for more information.

Why Florida is Great, and Why Texas is Not

By Patricia Sohn, May 3, 2020 on thearenapeopleandpolitics.comndpolitics.com



The International Solution

By Patricia Sohn, April 23, 2020 on thearenapeopleandpolitics.com



Recent lectures….

POS 4931 / JST 3930 Israeli Politics and Society
POS 4931/JST 3930 Israeli Politics and Society, Spring 2020
CPO 6407 Modern Middle East Politics, Spring 2020


My monograph on Israeli courts and social movements in the religious-secular conflict there is a nuanced case study of Israeli political culture(s) — in tandem and in conflict — around the roles of courts, women, and religion, respectively, within Israeli society and state.  It is based upon over two years of research in the field, including in-depth interviews, archival research, and political-ethnographic observation.  I received national grants from research institutions in the U.S. to do this research (the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council — see Academic Background tab); as well as affiliations at Israeli universities (Hebrew University, Department of Political Science, and Tel Aviv University, Department of Anthropology and Sociology).  I was allowed access to two Israeli university law libraries, and permission for limited access to several national archives, including the Israeli High Court of Justice archive; the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (Tel Aviv office); the Knesset Archives, and others.  Most research was conducted in Hebrew, a lesser amount in English, and a small amount in French (e.g., interviews with Palestinian-Israeli women).  See judicial Power and National Politics: Courts and Gender in the Religious-Secular Conflict in Israel, First and Second Editions, below.  State University of New York Press, 2008, 2017.
Second Edition. More on social movements.  2008.
First Edition. More on judicial theories.  2017.
Qualitative and Case Study traditions as the historical core in Comparative Politics. Editor. E-Textbook.  2017.











Fiction informed by Middle Eastern romanticism, magical realism, and fairy tale traditions.  Paperback edition. Also available on Kindle.
Karim and Isabel meet in Paris as kids living alone. They marry young in a child marriage and flee Paris under various credible threats to their lives.  They develop loyalties that carry them through a lifetime of both joy and torment, crossing North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and parts of the United States. The Middle East wars provide a backdrop to the story.


















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