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Leonard Saxe

Leonard Saxe

Visiting Faculty

Leonard Saxe, PhD, is Director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University.

He is both a social psychologist and methodologist who works on the application of social science to social policy issues. His present focus is on religious and ethnic identity, specifically addresses issues relevant to the Jewish community.

He has been a Science Fellow for the United States Congress and a Fulbright Professor at Haifa University in Israel. He has been awarded the American Psychological Association’s prize for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest and the Marshall Sklare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.

Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies

PhD, MS, and BS, University of Pittsburgh


  • Bringing Educational Technology into Supplementary Jewish Education
  • 2017 Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Community Study
  • 2017 Greater Washington Jewish Community Demographic Study
  • The Limits of Hostility: Students Report on Antisemitism and Anti-Israel sentiment at Four US Universities
  • Beyond 10 days: Parents, Gender, Marriage, and the Long-term Impact of Birthright Israel
  • Millennial Children of Intermarriage: Religious Upbringing, Identification, and Behavior Among Children of Jewish and Non-Jewish Parents
  • Hotspots of Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment on US Campuses

Research Interests

  • American Jewry
  • Jewish education and its relationship to Jewish engagement


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