Dr Lev Topor

ISGAP Visiting Scholar


Dr Lev Topor is currently an ISGAP Visiting Scholar at the Woolf Institute where he focuses on Critical Antisemitism Studies, Discrimination and Human Rights, a research programme led by The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). Lev Topor is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Cyber Law and Policy (CCLP) in the University of Haifa and a former Visiting Research Fellow at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Lev is the author of Phishing for Nazis: Conspiracies, Anonymous Communications and White Supremacy Networks on the Dark Web, an evidence-based, undercover study of neo-Nazi communities on anonymous online platforms published by Routledge (2023). Lev is also the co-author (with Jonathan Fox) of Why Do People Discriminate Jews?, an innovative and ground-breaking book published by Oxford University Press (2021) that combines traditional theories on antisemitism with empirical evidence from 76 countries to explain the reasons that drive discrimination against Jews.

Lev is an interdisciplinary researcher that studies antisemitism, Holocaust Denial, racism, alongside cyber-related topics like international cyber policies and anonymous communications. Lev is frequently invited to lecture about his study of racism and extremism on the Dark Web. Lev is the recipient of the 2019 Robert Wistrich annual award from the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA) and the recipient of the 2019 honorary award from the Association of Civil-Military Studies in Israel for his research about the Dark Web.

Selected Publications:

· Topor, Lev. Phishing for Nazis: Conspiracies, Anonymous Communications and White Supremacy Networks on the Dark Web. Routledge, 2023.

· Topor, Lev. “Antisemitic Influence Campaigns: Project Nemesis.” ISGAP Report (June 2022).

· Fox, Jonathan and Lev Topor. Why Do People Discriminate Against Jews? Oxford University Press, 2021.

· Topor, Lev. "The Covert War: From BDS to De-legitimization to Antisemitism." Israel Affairs 27, no. 1 (2021): 166-180.

· Topor, Lev and Alexander Tabachnik. "Russian Cyber Information Warfare: International Distribution and Domestic Control." Journal of Advanced Military Studies 12, no. 1 (2021): 112-127.

· Topor, Lev. "Dark Hatred: Antisemitism on the Dark Web." Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism 2 (2019): 25-42.

· Topor, Lev. "Dark and Deep Webs - Liberty or Abuse." International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT) 9, no. 2 (2019): 1-14.

· Topor, Lev. "Explanations of Antisemitism in the British Postcolonial Left." Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism 1, no. 2 (2018): 1-14.

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