Dr. Charles Asher Small is the founding Director and President of the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-semitism and Policy (ISGAP). He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University. Charles received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, McGill University, Montreal; M.Sc. in Urban Development Planning in Economics, Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London; and a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil), St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Charles completed post-doctorate research at the Groupement de recherche ethnicité et société, Université de Montréal. He was the VATAT Research Fellow (Ministry of Higher Education) at Ben Gurion University, Beersheva, and taught in departments of sociology and geography at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London; Tel Aviv University; and the Institute of Urban Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Charles convened groundbreaking academic seminar series in the emerging field of contemporary antisemitism studies at Columbia University, Fordham University, Harvard University, McGill University, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Sapienza University, Rome, the Sorbonne and the CNRS, Paris, Stanford University, University of Miami, Yale University, as well as a training programme for professors at Hertford College and St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
Charles was the founding Director of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA), the first interdisciplinary research center on antisemitism at a North American university. At Yale he taught in the Political Science Department and the Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics, and ran a post-doctorate and graduate studies fellowship program at YIISA. He was also an Associate Professor and the Director of Urban Studies at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), as well as an Assistant Professor at Tel Aviv University in the Department of Geography. He lectured internationally and worked as a consultant and policy advisor in North America, Europe, Southern Africa, and the Middle East. Charles specializes in social and cultural theory, globalization and national identity, socio-cultural policy, social movements, and racism(s) – including antisemitism(s).
Charles is the author of books and articles including the six Volume “Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity” (Brill and ISGAP); the “the Yale Papers: Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective”; and “Social Theory – a Historical Analysis of Canadian Socio-cultural Policies Race and the Other”, Eleven International Publishers (2013); and The Yale Papers: Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective, published by ISGAP (2015). Charles is committed to creating scholarly programming and research on contemporary antisemitism at top tier universities internationally, and establishing contemporary antisemitism studies as a recognized academic discipline.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he has a D.Phil from Oxford University, and has taught at the University of London, Ben Gurion University, Tel Aviv University, and Hebrew University. He was the Director/Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. Small has been a Visiting Professor at University College London; McGill University, Montreal; the University of Vilnius, Lithuania, and Cape Town University, South Africa. He also spoke as an expert on anti-Semitism at the Australian, British, Canadian, Chilean and Italian Parliaments, the German Bundestag, and at the United Nations, Geneva and in New York.
On September 19, 2006, Yale University founded The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism , the first North American university-based center for study of the subject, housed at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, with Small as director and founder. He cited the increase in anti-Semitism worldwide in recent years as generating a "need to understand the current manifestation of this disease".
In August 2010 in New Haven, Charles Small was elected as the President of the newly formed International Association for the Study of Antisemitism (IASA).
Charles Small was one of a number of academics who submitted evidence to the British All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism. He was also an expert for the Canadian All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism.
In a path-breaking article entitled "Anti-Israel Sentiment Predicts Anti-Semitism in Europe," in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Small and Yale's Prof. Edward Kaplan demonstrated that Europeans who hold deeply anti-Israeli views are more likely to also have classic anti-Semitic opinions by a significant margin. Looking at populations in 10 European countries, Small and Kaplan surveyed 5,000 respondents, asking them about Israeli actions and classical anti-Semitic stereotypes. "There were questions about whether the IDF purposely targets children, whether Israel poisons the Palestinians' water supply - these sorts of extreme mythologies," Small says. They demonstrated that Europeans whose opinions are extremely anti-Israel, are highly likely to also be anti-Semitic. "The people who believed the anti-Israel mythologies also tended to believe that Jews are not honest in business, have dual loyalties, control government and the economy, and the like," Small says. The study demonstrated that an Israel-hating European is 56% more likely to be anti-Semitic than the average European. "This is extraordinary. It's off the charts," says Small. "If a food or a drug was 56% more likely to cause cancer, it would be taken off the shelf."Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity, Brill Press, Amsterdam, 2013.
Social Theory - an Historical Analysis of Canadian Socio-Cultural Policies, 'Race' and The 'Other': A Case Study of Social and Spatial Segregation in Montreal, Charles Asher Small, Eleven International Publishing, Amsterdam, 2013.
Charles Asher Small, Olufemi Vaughan and M. Wright; Globalization and Marginalization: Essays on the Paradoxes of Global, Ibadan, Nigeria: Sefer Academic Press, 2005.
"Global Antisemitism: Assault on Human Rights"
Small, C. in eds. with Ostendorf Wim and Schnell Izhak "National Identity in a Transforming Quebec Society: Socio-Economic and Spatial Segregation in Montreal", Studies in Segregation and De-Segregation, Avebury, London, 2001.
"Nationalism and Difference in a Cosmopolitan City: The Case of Montreal". Geography Research Forum, Vol. 20, pages 70–101, Beer-Sheva, Israel, 2000
"Social and Spatial Differentiation in Montreal: Assessing a Changing Society", Journal of Research (Paper Number 57, August), School of Geography, Oxford, 2000.
"Cosmopolitan Planning: A Model for Reconciliation in Jerusalem", Cantilevers, Vol 4, No 21, 1999.
"Montreal, Nationalism and a Divided City", Jewish Chronicle, London, November 1996.
A Report on English University Programmes: Concerning Issues of 'Race' and 'Ethnic' Relations; Canadian Ethnic Studies, Secretariat of State, Ottawa, 1995.