I am a Senior Lecturer in Tel Aviv University's dynamic Department of Jewish History where I am also Director of TAU's Eva and Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness and Senior Editor of the journal History and Memory: Studies in Representation of the Past.
Grounded at the intersection of social, political and cultural histories, my research explores various aspects of Jewish and east European societies and cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in questions that probe the very nature of urban society as well as those regarding the various connections between the process of urbanization, the construction of modern communities and the nature of inter-group conflict. I have also worked on migration, antisemitism and memory within the context of modern Jewish history.
After receiving my BA from the University of California at Berkeley in History, I undertook graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where I wrote my PhD dissertation under the joint supervision of Prof. Ezra Mendelsohn and Prof. Jonathan Frankel, of blessed memory.
Published in 2012, my monograph Barricades and Banners: The Revolution of 1905 and the Transformation of Warsaw Jewry examines the impact of the urban environment on the development of modern Jewish society and politics in what was then Europe's largest Jewish center, Warsaw. Throughout Barricades and Banners, I also analyze the influence of urban society, democratic institutions and popular politics on the nature and course of relations between Poles and Jews in turn of the century Warsaw. The book received the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the field of history from the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). A manuscript version of Barricades and Banners was awarded a commendation for the Fraenkel Prize for an outstanding work of twentieth-century history from the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, London. Barricades and Banners has been reviewed in over twenty different forums in English, German, Hebrew, Polish and Yiddish.
I am also co-editor of six volumes on various aspects of modern Jewish history including, Jews and Their Neighbours in Eastern Europe since 1750, and Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and the Jews of East Central Europe.
Sponsored, in part, by a generous grant from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), my current research project integrates scholarship and methodologies from urban studies, Jewish studies and hate studies to look at the different ways that various urban spaces influenced and shaped relations between residents of large cities across turn of the century eastern Europe.
In addition to this research project on the various connections between urban spaces and inter-group relations, I am also co-convener of the newly formed International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism (ICRAR). Founded in London in 2011, ICRAR is a dynamic group of scholars from Europe, Israel and North America who are committed to pooling their intellectual and institutional resources to re-invigorating the study of antisemitism and its relationship to other racisms (ICRAR_web_version1).
I am always happy to hear comments and thoughts regarding the different publications, research projects and courses listed on this website.