Chana Katz




Ph.D, Sussex University

Chana Katz /
Welfare Policy Program Fellow

Dr. Chana Katz is a lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Policy and the Department of Social Work at Sapir College in Sederot, as well as at the School of Social Work in Ashkelon Academic College. She received her PhD from the University of Sussex in the UK. Dr. Katz has had extensive experience working in the public sector in Israel. She established the Joint Distribution Committee-Israel Children at Risk program, and played a central role in the development of services for abused and neglected children in Israel. She has published articles on perceptions of poverty among social workers and physicians, as well as a position paper for the Welfare and Social Services Ministry regarding inter-organizational, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Katz collaborated on an article entitled, “The Authority is Ours – Social Service Departments in Local Authorities Facing the Escalating Phenomenon of Poverty: Expectations, Perceptions and Reality” published by the Taub Center (2009). In 2010, she co-edited a book on social policy during the years 1985-2008 and authored a chapter in it. Her most recent article was “Under-representation of Ethiopian-Israeli minority students in programs for gifted and talented: A policy discourse analysis” (with Chen Lifshitz, 2014). Dr. Katz’s research focuses on public policy paradigms and the relation between perceptions of poverty and poverty policy.