Prof. Iris Rachamimov teaches modern history of Central and Eastern Europe at the Department of History with a special emphasis on the Habsburg Monarchy, World War I, LGBT History and Gender. She received her Ph.D. in 2000 from Columbia University, where she studied under the guidance of István Deák. Her book POWs and the Great War: Captivity on the Eastern Front (2002) was awarded the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History for a first major work. Her article "The Disruptive Comforts of Drag" was published in the April 2006 issue of the American Historical Review. She has written the chapter of military captivity in the latest edition of the Cambridge History of War, (2012) and her work appeared so far in six languages. She is currently editing a book with Rotem Kowner on mass internments during the First World War (World War I and its Internments: Local, National and Global Perspectives) and is writing a history of the Israeli trans community.
She was the Director of the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies between 2009-2014 and the Chief Editor of the Hebrew-language historical Journal Zmanim between 2014-2019. During the year 2008-2009 she was a fellow of the Stanford Humanities Center, and in 2015-2016 a visiting fellow at St Antony's College , University of Oxford.