Yoav Sivan is a New York-based journalist. His writings appeared in American, Israeli and European publications in Hebrew, English, French and Spanish, including Haaretz, The Forward, Tablet, Jerusalem Post, the Guardian, the Irish Times, Alternatives Internationales (Paris), The Seventh Eye (Israel’s journalism review), Moment Magazine, the Jewish Chronicle in London and Gay City News in New York. He is contributing writer for The Gay & Lesbian Review. Yoav has been quoted in the Washington Post, the Economist and Neue Zürcher Zeitung, among other publications.

He worked as a staff member for two members of the Knesset, and served on the Boards of the Jerusalem Open House, the Aguda (Israel’s LGBT Association), and the World Jewish Congress in Israel. While attending Tel Aviv University, he organized a study group comprising members of the Meretz student organization and haredi yeshiva students.  In 2010 Yoav was listed in the Jewish Week’s “36 under 36.”

Yoav has spoken at conferences and universities throughout Israel, Europe and the United States, including at the annual meeting of the American Jewish Committee and the annual convention of the French Socialist Party, where he participated in a forum on Israel’s Second Lebanon War. It was the first time an Israeli and a Lebanese shared a stage to talk about the war.

Yoav received his M.S. in 2010 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  Yoav attended Columbia on a scholarship from the White House Correspondents’ Association, which honored him at the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Yoav studied economics, philosophy and accounting at Tel Aviv University where he received his B.A., and at the economics graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a visiting scholar at the sociology department at NYU, and is a student at The New School.

You can contact him at Yoav [at]

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