Antisemitism, Antizionism and the Hostile Environment in Academia

David Hirsh is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and co-founder of Engage, a campaign against the academic boycott of Israel. In 2022, he founded the London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, which promises to “challenge the intellectual underpinnings of antisemitism in public life”.

Hirsh originated the term Livingstone Formulation, named after Ken Livingstone, as the claim made by those accused of antisemitism that the accusation is made in order to delegitimize their criticism of Israel; he says it is accusing Jews of playing the race card.

His book Contemporary Left Antisemitism, which combined narrative and case study with sociological analysis and theory to understand the controversial and contested phenomenon of antisemitism on the left, was published in 2017.