Anat E. Leibler

Dr. Leibler specializes in the study of quantification and focuses on the constitutive relationships between statistical and demographic practices and the social and political order. This general theme includes several projects:

Surveillance and Population Management


This project is focused on demographic practices of the state in order to increase its surveillance and social sorting of political minorities. Papers: (2016) “From old to new data practices of documenting individuals: The changing regimes of classification practices.” A paper in preparation. Presented at: ARITHMUS Workshop “Classification Practices: Theories, Subjectivities, Politics” in Goldsmiths, University of London; (2016) New Practices of Quantification - between Politics, Science and Technology Winter School, University of Namur, Belgium; (2017). “The Evolving Nature of the Omnipresent State: Documenting Individuals in Israel 1948-2017”. The Contribution of Religious Ethics to Surveillance in the 21st Century Surveillance and Society workshop. London, November 2017.


This project inquires the origins of the binary ethnic categorization of the Jewish society in Israel - western versus eastern Jews. A recent project is an edited book with Michael M. Rodriguez, Northwestern University: “Biographies of Ethnic and Racial Classifications: A Global Exploration.” In this book we explore the employment of ethnic and racial categories across different national and historical contexts; (2017) The Absence of Numbers: A Choice of Ignorance?” paper presented at the 2017 4S annual conference, Boston, MA and at the STS colloquium, Bar-Ilan University.

Globalizing Numbers

This project focuses on the globalization of statistical standards since the beginning of the twentieth century until the 1950's. More specifically, it deals with the interconnectivity between Canada and Israel in the domain of economic statistics, and the international expansion of National Income measurements after the Second World War. As part of this project Dr. Leibler became a member of the Science, Numbers and Politics, The Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities research project, during 2016-2017. Paper: (forthcoming). "The emergence of a global economic order: From Scientific Internationalism to Infrastructural Globalism". In: Science, Numbers and Politics. Accepted for publication in Palgrave Macmillan.

Prior to joining the STS Program, Bar Ilan University, Anat Leibler pursued her doctoral studies at the Science Studies and Sociology Program, UCSD. In Her dissertation she conducted a comparative-historical research on the emergence of national statistics in Canada and Israel while contextualizing it in nation-state building processes. Her advisors were Theodore Porter (UCLA) and Nancy Cartwright (UCSD and LSE).

Honors, Grants, Fellowships and Awards

2014             Aresty Visiting Scholar, The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life,

                     Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

2011-2012    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science,

                     Technology and Medicine. 

2007-2008    Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship, Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem,


2007             UCSD, Department of Sociology Dissertation Fellowship

2005-2006    NSF, Science and Society Program Dissertation Improvement Grant, Award # SES 0526595

2005-2006    UCSD, Dean of Social Science’s Travel Fund Award

2005-2006    UCSD, Department of Sociology, Graduate Student Grant

2004-2005    UCSD, Department of Sociology Tuition Stipend

2004             NSF, Science and Society Program Research and Training Grant, Award # SES – 0349956

2002-2007    UCSD, Science Studies Program Tuition Fellowship

2001-2004    ISEF Fellowship, Israel-NY

2001-2003    AVI Fellowships, Switzerland

1999-2000    Tel Aviv University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Pre-Dissertation Grant

1998             MA, (Magna Cum Laude) Tel Aviv University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Workshop and Conference Organization

2016-2017 Co-organizer of the conference Social Aspects of Surveillance, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-


2015           Member of the organizing committee of the Israeli Society for the History and Philosophy

                   of Science annual meeting. Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem.

2014           Member of the organizing committee of the Israeli Society for the History and Philosophy

                   of Science annual meeting. Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem.

2013-2014  Co-Organizer and  coordinator of a Research Group on Science, Civic Legitimacy, and 

                   Local Knowledge, The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University and the

                   Israeli Society for History and Philosophy of Science.

2011           Co-Organizer of the workshop: Documenting Individuals. COST Action: Living in

                   Surveillance Society (LiSS), Work Group 1. University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

2010           Co-Organizer of graduate workshop at Cohen Institute, TAU, with Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard

2004           Member of the organizing committee of the 2004 annual conference of Association for

                   Israel Studies (AIS), Jerusalem, Israel

2003           Coordinator of the 2003 Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS), San


Book Monograph Under Contract

Landscape of Numbers: Political Demography, Statistics and Nation-State Building.

Articles in Refereed Journals and Book Chapters:

(forthcoming). "The emergence of a global economic order: From Scientific Internationalism to Infrastructural Globalism". In: Science, Numbers and Politics The Heidelberg Academy book project. Accepted for publication in Palgrave Macmillan.

(2016). "Counting People:  "The Co-Production of Ethnicity and Jewish Majority in Israel-Palestine.” In: Michal Kravel Tovi and Deborah Dash Moore (eds.). Taking Stock: Cultures of Enumeration in Jewish Life. Indiana University Press.

(2014). "Disciplining ethnicity: Political demography in Israel's pre-state period." Social Studies of Science. 44(2) pp. 271-292.

(2013). “Shifting from Policing Residents to Living in Ubiquitous Borders: Three Cases of Identifying Citizens.” In: William Webster et al. (eds.) Living in Surveillance Societies: The State of Surveillance. Charleston, SC: Create Space Publishing, pp. 61-71.

(2010). “Unscrewing the Statistical Leviathan: Political Demography and the State of Israel." In: Y. Hakak, L. Kacen, and M. Krumer-Nevo (eds.). The Limits of Quantification: Critical Perspectives on Measuring and Grading People, their Behaviours and Achievements. Beer Sheva: Ben-Gurion University Press.   (313 pp., Hebrew)

(2010). “’You Must Know Your Stock’”: Census as Surveillance Practice in 1948 and 1967.” In: Elia Zureik, David Lyon, and Yasmeen Abu-Laban (eds.), Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine: Population, Territory, and Power. London: Routledge.  pp. 239-256.

(2007). “Establishing Scientific Authority – Citizenship and the First Census of Israel.” Tel Aviver Jahrbuch fuer deutsche Geschichte/Tel Aviv Yearbook for German History, (Wallstein Verlag, Gottingen). 35. pp. 221-236.

Leibler, Anat and Breslau, Daniel (2005). “The Uncounted: Citizenship and Exclusion in the Israeli Census of 1948.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 28(5) pp. 880-902. 2012

(2004). “Statisticians’ Ambition: Governmentality, Modernity, National Legibility.” Israel Studies 9(2) pp. 121-149.

Other Publications

(2011) Higher Education in Israel – A comparative Perspective, unpublished monograph prepared for the Council for Higher Education, Israel Ministry of Education. (Hebrew).

Barel, V., and Shemer, S. with Leibler, Anat (2002). Injury in Israel, Jerusalem: Magnes Press. Hebrew University. (382 pp., Hebrew)

Leibler, Anat E., Peres, J., and Goldberg, D. (1993). Peace Arrangements in the Golan Heights: From Opposition to Reconciliation. Monograph prepared for The Institute for Social Research, Tel Aviv University. (Hebrew).

(1991). Education in the Shadow of the Intifada. Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuhad. (Hebrew).

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