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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