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Rachel Friedman

Rachel Z. Friedman is an assistant professor at the Buchmann Faculty of Law. A lawyer and political theorist by training, she earned her B.A (Social Studies), her J.D., and her Ph.D. (Political Science), all from Harvard University. Following the completion of her graduate studies, she was awarded post-doctoral fellowships from the Fulbright program and the Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. Her research and teaching interests include the history of political and economic thought; theories of distributive justice; comparative welfare law and policy; and the political and ethical philosophy of Aristotle. She is the author of a book, Probable Justice: Risk, Insurance, and the Welfare State (University of Chicago Press, 2020), as well as articles on the history of social insurance, Aristotle’s account of friendship, and (with Y. Margalioth) the institution of free-loan societies among Haredi Jews in Israel.


  • Assistant Professor, The Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University