Billie Melman is Professor of Modern History, Henri Glasberg Chair of European Studies, a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and was Director of the School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her fields of teaching and research have been British and Western European cultural and social history, popular culture with a recent emphasis on visual and material history, and colonialism and gender. She has written extensively on colonialism and culture, orientalism and cross cultural relations in the age of modern empires, on gender, on total war and on collective memory, popular representations of the past and on the history of London. She is completing a book on modernity, the rediscovery of antiquity and imeprial crisis during the first half of the twentieth century.
Billie Melman received her BA in History (Summa Cum Laude) at Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. at University College, University of London. She was awarded the Landau Prize for the Sciences and Research (Landau Foundation) in 2006, was Allon Fellow between 1986 and 1990, Visiting Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University (1990-91) and Associate and Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan (1993-4). She is Fellow of the RHS. Time Out described her as “A teacher for life. One of the best five lecturers at Tel Aviv University”.
She was a founding member and the first Chair of the Section of Gender and Women’s History of the Historical Society of Israel. She has lectured at various universities, including the universities of Harvard, Berkeley, Michigan, Illinois at Urbana, Brandeis, Cambridge, University of London, Sussex University, Bristol, FU Berlin, Nicosia and Prague. She participated in the NHIST project of the European Science Foundation (“Representations of the Past: The Writing of National Histories in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe”, ESF). She is editor of Historia and a member of the editorial board of History and Memory and Zmanim.
modern imperialism and colonialism and culture (with an emphasis on Britain and the British Empire), popular culture , visual urban cultures, the history of London and Paris, representations of the past and collective memory, World War 1, gender.