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Yael Assor | ياعل عاسور | יעל עשור

Contact Information

Email    yaelassor@gmail.com
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Fields of Study

Sociocultural Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Psychological Anthropology


Ethics and morality; bureaucracy; anthropology of the state; policymaking; phenomenological anthropology; gender and women's studies; anthropology of science; medical anthropology; political anthropology


Assor, Yael, and Yehuda Goodman. 2019. "Thinking with and beyond Ethics: Between Professionalism and Social Belonging in Social Workers’ Moral Deliberations." Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology. 

Grants and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association International Scholarship (2019-2020)

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Division (2019-2020)

Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Graduate Student Research Fellowship (2018)

Roter Research Grant (2018)

UCLA International Center Fieldwork Fellowship (2017)

Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Graduate Student Research Fellowship (2017)

Lemelson/Society for Psychological Anthropology Pre-Dissertation Award, American Anthropological Association (2015)

Ursula Mandel Award, UCLA (2014)

Guggenheim award, Mandel Institute for Jewish Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2013)

Shaine Fellowship, Sociology and Anthropology Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2012)

Conference Presentations

2019     Organizer, Round Table on Medical Anthropology’s Ethical Common-Sense
              International Workshop in Medical Anthropology, Van Leer Institute and Ben-Gurion
              University, Israel

2019     Objectivity as Following Procedures: Conflicting Bureaucratic Legacies in a Bioethical
             Present. Bioethics and the Legacies of the Holocaust international symposium. Berlin,

2019     Deadly Waiting and Ethical Bureaucracy. Society for Psychological Anthropology. Tamaya,

2018     “Statistical Patient” vs. “Identifiable Patient”: The Object of Care in an Israeli Medical
              Bureaucracy as a site of Adaptation and Resistance
. American Anthropological Association
              Annual Conference, San Jose, CA.

2018     Between Responsibility and Accountability: Problematizing Israeli Healthcare Policymaking
             Association for Israel Studies Annual Conference

 2018     “Objectivity” between Rhetoric and Practice in the Israeli Medical Package Committee
               Israeli Anthropological Association Annual Conference

 2017     Unemotional Bureaucracies and Medical Knowledge Production
              American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Washington DC.  

2017     From Imaginaries of Un-Emotionality to Patients’ Exclusion: The Everyday Enactment of an Israeli Medical Bureaucracy
             International Workshop in Medical Anthropology, Van Leer Institute and Open University, Israel

 2017     Ethical visions, Moral subjects, and the everyday enactment of a medical bureaucracy
              Society for Psychological Anthropology , New Orleans, LA.            

2016     Challenging Power through Moral Expectations: Patients Resisting Medical Policy-Making in Israel
             American Anthropological Association Annual Conference , Minneapolis,, MN.

2016     Navigating Moral Dilemmas: How Social Workers Handle Moral Discourses of Care
             Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

2013     What can Moral Dilemmas by Israeli Social Workers teach us about Secularity in Israel?
             Presented in a seminar for young researchers on Secularity, Secularization and Tradition, Van-Leer Institute.
             Seminar chairs: Prof. Yehuda Shenhav, Prof. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Dr. Yochi Fisher  


C. Jason Throop (Chair)

Sherry B. Ortner

Akhil Gupta

Jarrett Zigon (University of Virginia)  


B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
M.A. Anthropology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem