Gur Alroey is the director of the Israel Studies and 20th century Jewish Histories (ISJH) International MA Program and the chair of the School of History at the University of Haifa. During the years 2009-2011 Alroey was a visiting professor at the Taub Center of Israel Studies at NYU and Schusterman fellow at Rutgers University. He has published several books on immigration.
For background on the Ha-Shomer see:
The Russian Terror in Palestine: The Bar Giora and Ha-shomer Associations, 1907-20
And see Tom Segev’s commentary in Ha’aretz: The Makings of History / The Hashomer myth, exploded
On Jewish Immigration in the 20th century see:
Bread to Eat and Clothes to Wear Letters from Jewish Migrants in the Early Twentieth Century
Starting in 1875, millions of Jews left their home countries of Eastern Europe in the hopes of escaping economic subjugation and religious persecution to create better lives overseas. In Bread to Eat and Clothes to Wear: Letters from Jewish Migrants in the Early Twentieth Century, Gur Alroey translates and annotates 66 letters from Eastern European Jews considering migration. Through these letters, Alroey explores the dilemmas and predicaments of the ordinary Jewish migrant, the difficulties of migration, and the changes that it brought about within the Jewish family.
Alroey is the also author of Immigrants: Jewish Immigration to Palestine in the Early Twentieth Century [Hebrew]; Seeking a Homeland: the Jewish Territorial Organization and its Struggle with the Zionist Movement, 1905–1925.