Eva Illouz is a professor of sociology at the Hebrew University and the first woman president of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Her research interests include the sociology of culture, emotions and capitalism, and the effect of consumerism and mass media on emotional patterns. She has held visiting appointments in several prestigious universities.
She has received many awards for her books and in 2009 was chosen by the leading German newspaper Die Zeit as one of the twelve most influential thinkers.
She is the author of several books on diverse topics including romantic love, Oprah Winfrey, culture, capitalism and the crystallization of the psychological culture during the 20th century. Her books have been translated into numerous languages.