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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Hillel Ofek

B.A., Kenyon College

Hillel Ofek

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Biography

Hillel Ofek is a doctoral candidate concentrating in international relations, political theory, and public law. His Master's Report is on the honor motive in international relations. His dissertation investigates how leaders' moral conceptions of their nation influence their foreign policy. It aims to contribute to international relations theory, as well as to build on recent empirical work on foreign-policy decision-making.

Born in Israel and raised in Jerusalem and then Chicago, Ofek was educated at Kenyon College (B.A. 2007) and at Oxford University (2005-2006, Mansfield College). In 2007, Ofek graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College and was given the college's highest award 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 legislative researcher and op-ed 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 and legal 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 the rise and decline of Arabic science continues to provoke debate and is assigned in university courses throughout the world, including in 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 Intercollegiate Studies Institute's 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.

Interests

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

GOV 310L • American Government

37775 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm UTC 1.102
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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.

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.

Publications

"The Honor Motive in International Relations," Master's Thesis, University of Texas at Austin.

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

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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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