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Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, PhD | Senior Director, Rosov Consulting

Political Science, Quantitative Methods, Sociology
Poverty and Economic Vulnerability; Social and Political Cohesion and Division; Evaluation Research

United States

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Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, PhD, is Senior Director at Rosov Consulting, where he leads and works on projects that utilize survey research and other quantitative methods and is part of the senior leadership team that sets strategic direction for the company.

He has more than two decades of experience conducting academic and Jewish communal research. His academic and communal publications have covered topics in the sociology, demography, and political and economic behavior of contemporary Jews, especially in the United States.

Before joining Rosov Consulting, Laurence worked in various research roles at the Jewish Federations of North America for 20 years, finishing his tenure there as Senior Director of Research and Analysis and Director of the Berman Jewish DataBank. Previously, he was a lecturer at the University of Haifa and a Lady Davis Trust Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Laurence currently serves as Vice President and Interim Treasurer of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and he sits on the advisory committee of the American Jewish Year Book. He has also been an adviser to the Pew Research Center on the Center’s 2013 and 2020 national studies of US Jews and a consultant on numerous local Jewish community studies.

Laurence holds a PhD in Political Science, MA in Modern Jewish Society and Politics, and BA in Political Science and Judaic Studies, all from Brown University, and a MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University.

Recent Publications
  • "Social Class and Social Cohesion among American Jews." 2022 (with Ira Sheskin). Review of Religious Research 64: 497–520.
  • "Political Activity in Synagogues." 2021. Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion (https://www.religjournal.com/), Volume 17, Article 1.
  • "The Structure of Political Divisions among American Jews." 2017. Contemporary Jewry 37: 5-27.
Current Research Projects
  • Project 1
  • Project 2