Galia Golan is professor emeritus and former head of the political science department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a founder of the activist advocacy group Peace Now, and also former head of the program in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. She is a prolific writer on the Israel-Palestine situation; her recent books include Israeli Peacemaking since 1967: Factors for the Breakthroughs and Failures, and Non-State Actors in the Middle East: Factors for Peace and Democracy, co-authored with Walid Salem. She has a B.A. from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. from Hebrew University. In 2019 she received the Scholar/Activist award from the International Studies Association.