Dr. Hanna Lerner is a senior lecturer in political science. Her research focuses on comparative constitution writing, particularly in societies divided over the vision of their state, religion and politics, democratic theory and on global justice and international labor rights.


She received her BA in philosophy and history and her MA in philosophy (magna cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University. She earned her MPhil and PhD in political science from Columbia University, New York.


Dr. Lerner is the author of Making Constitutions in Deeply Divided Societies (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Global Justice and International Labour rights (with Yossi Dahan and Faina Milman-Sivan, Cambridge University Press, 2016) and of Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy (with Asli Bali, Cambridge University Press, 2017). Her articles appeared in numerous books and in journals including Law and Social Inquiry, World Politics, Michigan Journal of International Law, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Constellations, Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Social Philosophy, Cornell International Law Journal. She had also co-edited a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist on religion and constitutionalism.


In 2014 she co-convened a research group on constitutionalism, religion and human rights at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Germany. Dr. Lerner also held visiting fellowships at Princeton University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before joining Tel Aviv University she served as deputy director of the School of Educational Leadership at the Mandel Institute in Jerusalem. She also has vast experience as a journalist and radio news editor, and was the founding-director of the news department of Radio Darom.