Shlomo Avineri is a professor of political science at the Hebrew University and member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In addition to many visiting appointments at various prominent universities, he is also a former director general of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is the recipient of many prestigious prizes including the Israel Prize for political science (2006) and an honorary doctorate from the Weizmann Institute (2010) and the EMET Prize 2013.
His numerous books on Hegel, Marx and Zionist thought have been translated into various languages. Most recently, he has published an intellectual biography Herzl: Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State (2013).