Tamir Sorek studies social, political, and cultural dynamics that shape ethnic and national identities, particularly in the context of Israel/Palestine. Sorek combines both quantitative and qualitative methods in his work. In his book "Arab Soccer in a Jewish State: The Integrative Enclave" (Cambridge University Press 2007), Sorek illustrates how a seemingly innocent arena like sports is in effect a powerful political sphere, which has implications for ethnic, religious, civic, national identification, and even political behavior. His book "Palestinian Commemoration in Israel: Calendars, Monuments, and Martyrs" (Stanford University Press 2015) deals with the struggles over the representation of the Palestinian past in Israel.
Currently he is writing a social biography of the Palestinian poet and political leader Tawfiq Zayyad.