Prof. Gorodetsky is a quondam fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He was the Incumbent of The Samuel Rubin Chair of Russian and East European History and Civilization at Tel Aviv University, 1995-2008. In 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow.
After completing his BA studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem he went on to write a D. Phil dissertation in Russian Studies at Oxford University under the supervision of E.H. Carr. He was a Professor of Russian Studies at Tel Aviv University from 1974-2005 and founder and director of the Cummings Centre for Russian Studies at Tel Aviv University, 1998-2008, and director of the Curiel Centre for International Studies, 1998-2001. As the editor of The Cummings Center Series he initiated and edited, inter alia, the official joint publication of documents on Soviet-Israeli relations by the Israeli and Russian Foreign Ministries. He was a visiting fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, the Wilson Center, Washington DC, the Rockefeller Bellagio Research Center, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and the Institute for Advanced Study, Freiburg, as well as a visiting Professor at the Universities of Munich, Cologne, and the Central European University in Budapest.
Professor Gorodetsky has published widely on Soviet foreign policy in the interwar period and the Second World War.