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Hillel Ofek

B.A., Kenyon College

Hillel Ofek



Hillel Ofek is a PhD student concentrating in international relations, political theory, and public law. His Master's Report is on the honor motive in international relations. His dissertation is on the role of honor in American foreign policy.

Born in Israel and raised in Jerusalem and Chicago, Ofek was educated at Kenyon College (B.A. 2007) and at Oxford University (2005-2006, Mansfield College). In 2007, Hillel Ofek graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College. He was awarded Highest Honors for his political science thesis on the foreign policy of Edmund Burke.

After graduating, Ofek spent several years in Washington, D.C., where he was a research assistant for Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer, a researcher and writer for the public-relations firm Berman and Company, and a founding editor at the public-policy quarterly National Affairs.

Ofek’s publications include articles and essays in The New Atlantis and Cambridge Review of International Affairs.  His essay on drone warfare is cited in a number of academic journals, including Antipode, International Journal of Human Rights, Journal of International Business and Law, Seton Hall Law Review, and Journal of Public and International Affairs. His article on Arabic science is taught in several universities, including in a class at Turkey’s Çankaya University. 

He is the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards, including the 2010 Claremont Institute Publius Fellowship, the 2010-2011 Earhart Fellowship, and the 2013-2014 ISI Western Civilization Fellowship.

Ofek is the Executive Director of Pro Musica Hebraica, a nonprofit devoted to presenting lost and forgotten Jewish classical music in a concert hall setting.


Foreign policy, international relations theory, classical and modern political thought, American constitutional theory, history of science.

GOV 310L • American Government

38685 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm CLA 0.128
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This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.


“Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science,” The New Atlantis, Winter 2011.


Review: Crisis and Command by John Yoo, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Volume 23, No. 2, June 2010.

“The Tortured Logic of Obama's Drone War,” The New Atlantis, Spring 2010.


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