Why Israeli politics is so bad
Chaim Simons (not as well known, and the header of his webpage tells you a lot, but his articles in Sinai are sometimes important)
I list these because they have been gracious enough to provide the public with some of their academic writings in full text. I hope more academics follow suit.
Now I notice that Ben-Sasson is dealing with the tension between politics and study in a lecture at Penn: "Pietism and Politics – Can They Go Together? The Medieval Egyptian Sufi Case"
The answer, presumably, is yes, since the pietistic Maimonides family held control of Egyptian Jewry for several generations.