Shlomo Shoham

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Prof. Shoham is one of the world’s leading criminologists, having taught, practiced, and researched in this field, as well as in other related fields, since completing an LL.M. (1953) and LL.D. (1960) from Hebrew University. He joined TAU in 1965, and has been a research associate at Ohio State University; visiting associate professor at the Department of Sociology, Pennsylvania University; and visiting professor at SUNY Albany, Rutgers, Harvard, the Sorbonne, and Oxford. A former Assistant District Attorney of Jerusalem and assistant to the State Attorney, Prof. Shoham is Criminological Advisor to the Israeli Ministries of Justice and Internal Security. 
During his career, Prof. Shoham has been awarded numerous prizes and citations, including the Presidential Citation (1975) and Sellin-Glueck Award (1977) of the American Society of Criminology, of which he is a Fellow; a Medal of Honor presented by the Prime Minister of France for contributions to international criminology; and the Annual Award for 1990 of the World Society of Legal Medicine. In 2003, Prof. Shoham was awarded the Israel Prize, the most important and prestigious award given in Israel. Lately, in 2007, he was awarded the EMET Prize (Arts-Sciences-Culture) of the AMN Foundation, awarded by the Prime Minister of Israel.
He has served in various editorial capacities and is presently editor of Israeli Studies in Criminology and executive editor of the Series on Alienation of the International Sociological Association. Among other affiliations, Prof. Shoham serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Criminology and is an Honorary Fellow of the the Australian Forensic Association. Prof. Shoham has delivered hundreds of lectures at conferences and institutions spanning 20 countries, and has published hundreds of articles in leading academic and professional journals. A sampling of his 70 books includes Crime and Social Deviation; Society and the Absurd; The Myth of Tantalus; Rebellion, Creativity and Revelation; Violence: An Interdisciplinary Study; Promethean Bridge (French); The Violence of Silence; Valhala, Calvary and Auschwitz; The Situational Prevention of Crime; and The Mark of Cain (also in Japanese).


Research Interests:

The Psychological Basis of anti-Semitism, Istanbul, 1995

"Culture , Conflict and Crime, an Inter-European Mediterranean Research Project  on the Relationship between Norm Crime and Deviance," Malta, 1994

Experimentation in the Treatment of Problem Identities of Children:  The Big Brother Project

The Empirical Validation of a Personality Theory

Problems of Innovation

Violence in Israeli Prisons

The Aetiology of Lesbianism

The Aetiology of Psychosis and Psychopathy

The Personality Core of Hard Drug Users

Personality and Cancer

Measuring Instrument of "Participation and Separation as Core Personality Dynamics"

Reclassification of Prisoners in Israeli Prisons

Treatment of Offenders by ex-offenders 


Publication List


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