Niva Golan-Nadir holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in Diplomacy Studies, both with distinction, from Tel-Aviv University. Niva's professional experience includes three years' work in Israel's Prime Minister's Office as a Policy Analyst, and a varied experience as a Teaching Assistant in Tel-Aviv University, the University of Haifa and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Niva is currently a doctoral candidate at the school of Political Science at the University of Haifa, and a doctoral fellow in the Israel Institute (Washington). Niva is specializing in comparative politics, Institutional Theory, State-Religion Relations, and Identity Politics (specifically Jewish Identity). Her doctoral dissertation compares marriage regulation in Israel and Turkey from an institutional point of view, as it examines the interplay between institutional dynamics and public preferences regarding marriage policy in Israel and in Turkey.