Yael Siman
Latin American Research Team (2017)

Yael Siman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the Iberoamericana University, Mexico. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, where she focused her research on the conditions under which controlling states are more likely to negotiate with insurgents in controlled territories. The main case study was the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, 1967-2001. Her research interests concern the connections between the Holocaust and Latin America, antisemitism and discourses of hatred in Latin America, and the experiences and narratives of victims of genocide and mass violence. She has been the academic coordinator of Certificate Programs on Israel and Middle East Studies at Iberoamericana and Hebraica Universities in Mexico. She participated in the Global Salzburg Conference on Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention and in the first International Conference on Holocaust Education organized by USHMM and UNESCO. Dr. Siman is currently working on the mobility, migration and integration experiences and narratives of Holocaust survivors who came to Mexico in the 1930s-1950s. While their number is far smaller than other migrations of Holocaust survivors to the region, they represented a non-negligible percentage of a local Jewish community that was in the process of consolidation. She is investigating how and why Holocaust survivors came to Mexico, what networks facilitated their migration and what responses they were given by the Jewish host community and the Mexican national society.

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Siman, Y, DellaPergola S, and Bokser, J.
Los Educadores Judíos Latinoamericanos: Múltiples Identidades e Identificación con Israel
(Latin American Jewish Educators: Multiple Identities and Identification with Israel), Jerusalem: AMILAT.
Siman, Y., Bokser, J., and Gleizer, D.
Conceptual and Methodological Clues for Approaching the Connections between Mexico and the Holocaust: Separate, Parallel or Interconnected Histories?
Contemporary Review of the Middle East 3.3
Siman, Y., and Bokser, J.
Antisemitism in Mexico and Latin America: Recurrences and Changes
In Antisemitism in North America. New World, Old Hate. Leiden & Boston: Brill. pp. 121-173.
Siman, Y., and Chicarro, M.
La Historia como herramienta educativa en la construcción de una cultura escolar de convivencia pacífica
(History as an educational tool in the building of a peaceful school culture) DIDAC, Iberoamericana University 67, pp. 10-18.
Siman, Y., and Bokser, J.
El Medio Oriente Hoy. Nuevas Tendencias e Interrogantes
(The Middle East Today. New Trends and Questions). Medio Oriente y Norte de África. ¿Reforma, Revolución o Continuidad? Comisión de Biblioteca y Asuntos Editoriales. Senado de la República, México. pp. 285-327.
Siman, Yael, and Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen
Scorched Earth in Syria: Between Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide
In Moodrick-Even Khen, Hilly et al. The Syrian War. Between Justice and Political Reality. UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 107-139.
Siman, Yael
Migration Narratives of Holocaust Survivors in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico
In Lessons and Legacies XIV: The Holocaust in the Twenty-First Century; Relevance and Challenges in the Digital Age, edited by Time Cole and Simone Gigliotti. Northwestern University Press.