Dr. Oded Rabinovitch

Department of History
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Dr. Oded Rabinovitch
Phone: 03-6407998
Office: Gilman-humanities, 377ב


Academic Employment:

Senior Lecturer (US equivalent: Associate Professor), Department of History, Tel Aviv University.


Previous and Other Appointments:

Interim Chair, Program in French Culture, Tel Aviv University, 2023-2024.

Visiting Scholar, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge,


Lecturer, Department of History, Tel Aviv University, 2014-2017.

Professeur invité, Université de Paris-Est (Marne-la-Vallé), February 2015.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tel Aviv University, 2011-2013.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2010-2011.



Brown University, Providence, RI

PhD in History, completed July 2010, conferred May 2011.

A.M., 2005.

Tel-Aviv University, Israel

M.A., summa cum laude in Early Modern European History, 2004.

The Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students, 1999-2003.

Research and Teaching Interests:

Early Modern France and Europe, History of Science, Social History of Literature and Reading, Europe and the World in the Early Modern Period.

See also:



Early Modern, France, History of Science, History of Literature and Reading, Social and Economic History, History of the Family, Absolutism.



The Perraults: A Family of Letters in Early Modern France (Cornell University Press, 2018).


Editorial Work:

Scientific editor for original contributions to Joseph Mali (ed.), The History of Ideas: The Early Modern Period (Jerusalem: Bialik Institute, 2018). [in Hebrew]


Articles and Book Chapters:

“Voting and Elections under French Absolutism” [under review at Zmanim, in Hebrew]


“Book Publishing and Geometrical Skills in the Career of Sébastien Le Clerc” [forthcoming in Early Science and Medicine, 2024]


“The System of the World and the Emergence of a Scientific Culture in Early Modern France.” [forthcoming in Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, ahead of print version published online 2023]


“How Men of Letters Invented a Scientific Revolution: The Emergence of a Narrative in the Age of Louis XIV.” [English version of item below, forthcoming in Annales HSS: English Edition]


“Hommes de lettres et révolution scientifique. Genèse d’un récit au temps de Louis XIV.” forthcoming at Annales: HSS, 2023]


Les Hommes illustres de Charles Perrault (1696-1700) : nation, media, siècle.” In Panthéons de la Renaissance : Mémoires et histoires des hommes et femmes illustres (v. 1350-1700). Edited by Jean-Baptiste Delzant, Clémence Revest, and Élisabeth Crouzet-Pavan, 197-209. Rome: Publications de l’École française de Rome, 2021.


“Vénalité, capitalisme de cour et pratiques d’écriture au XVIIe siècle : Réflexions préliminaires.” Bulletin du Centre de recherche du château de Versailles (April 2019) [e-journal].


“Religion, Violence, and Religious Violence in France, 1500-1700.” Zmanim 140 (2019): 62-73. [in Hebrew]


“A Learned Artisan Debates the System of the World: Le Clerc versus Mallemant de Messange.” British Journal for the History of Science 50 (2017): 603-636.


“Écriture et action dans les vies d’Antoine Arnauld et Blaise Pascal (1696) : pour un pont historiographique.” Les dossiers du Grihl [e-journal], 2017-02.


[co-authored with Cinthia Meli, Dinah Ribard, Marine Rousillon, Nicolas Schapira, and Alain Viala] “Écrits de Versailles.” In Écriture et action: XVIIe-XIXe siècle, une enquête collective. Edited by the Groupe de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur l'Histoire du Littéraire. Paris: Éditions de l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, 2016, pp. 211-236.


“Between the City and the Court: The Perraults in Versailles.Zmanim 132 (2015): 34-45. [in Hebrew]


“Stratégies familiales, carrières littéraires, et capitalisme de cour dans la famille Perrault.” XVIIe siècle 264 (2014): 403-415.


“Chameleons between Science and Literature: Observation, Writing, and the Early Parisian Academy of Sciences in the Literary Field.” History of Science 51 (2013): 33-62.


“Versailles as a Family Enterprise: The Perraults, 1660-1700.” French Historical Studies 36 (2013): 385-416.


“Anonymat et institutions littéraires au XVIIe siècle : La revendication des œuvres anonymes dans la carrière de Charles Perrault.” Littératures classiques 80 (2013): 87-104.


“Rethinking the Center-Periphery Nexus in the Early Modern Period: The Paris-Province Relation in Villiers’s Entretiens sur les contes de fées.” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 38 (2010): 61-79.


"בין העיר לחצר: משפחת פרו בוורסאי". זמנים 132 (2015): 45-34.

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