Shai Tamari is the Associate Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he administers a federal grant in support of Middle East studies on campus. He is also a lecturer under the Department of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, and the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at UNC, where he teaches “Conflict Management: The Practice of Negotiation & Mediation” to undergraduate and graduate students. His previous courses included: “Challenges to Peace Making in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” “Palestinian Nationalism, Politics, and Diplomacy,” and “U.S.-Israel Relations.”
Prior to his UNC appointments, between 2008 and 2010, Shai was the foreign policy adviser for Congressman James P. Moran (D-VA) at the U.S. House of Representatives, and focused on issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights in Iran, and parental child abduction to Japan.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Shai served in the Israeli military between 1994 and 1997. He earned a B.A. in Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and a Master’s degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in the UK. In 2006, Shai was awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship and studied for a second Master’s in Global History, along with Arabic and Conflict Resolution at UNC-Chapel Hill. While a Rotary Peace Fellow, Shai worked in the summer of 2007 with the Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF) International in Amman, Jordan. Shai is a native speaker of Hebrew, a continuing student of Arabic, a trained mediator for North Carolina Superior Court Mediated Settlement Conferences, and sits on the Board of Directors of American Near East Refugee Aid.