Prof. Tamar Herzig

  • The Department of History
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Prof. Tamar Herzig
Phone: 03-6405293
Office: Gilman-humanities, 376B


                                                                                For a complete CV, see here.

Tamar Herzig is Professor of Early Modern European History, specializing in the religious history of fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy and in gender history. In 2019, she was won the Kadar Award for Oustanding Research, for her work on religious conversion in early modern Italy.

She currently serves as Director of Tel Aviv University's Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies.

Prof. Herzig is the author of Savonarola’s Women: Visions and Reform in Renaissance Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2008; Italian edition published by Carocci in 2014); of a book in Hebrew on the Italian Renaissance (2011; 2014); and of  ‘Christ Transformed into a Virgin Woman’: Lucia Brocadelli, Heinrich Institoris, and the Defense of the Faith (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2013).

Her last monograph, A Convert's Tale: Art, Crime, and Jewish Apostasy in Renaissance Italy, is scheduled for publication in Fall 2019 by Harvard University Press. 

 She is also co-editor of Ebraismo e cristianesimo in Italia tra ’400 e ’600: Confronti e convergenze [Special issue of Archivio Italiano per la Storia della Pietà 25 (2012)]; of Knowledge and Religion in Early Modern Europe: Studies in Honor of Michael Heyd (Leiden: Brill, 2013); and of Dissimulation and Deceit in Early Modern Europe (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her articles have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly; Sixteenth Century Journal; Journal of Early Modern History; Church History; ReligionsArchiv für Reformationsgeschichte; Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft, and various Italian journals.

She has been the recipient of a George L. Mosse Fellowship, Hanadiv Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yigal Alon Fellowship for Outstanding Junior Faculty, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and of Israel Science Foundation research grants (2010-2013; 2015-[2019]). In 2012, she was elected member of the Young Academy of Israel (founded by the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities), and in 2013 she was awarded a Jean-François Malle one-year fellowship at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.

She is currently the Renaissance Society of America's Discipline Representative for the field of Religion and member of the editorial boards of Renaissance Quarterly  and of I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance. She also serves as member of the academic board of the Medici Archive Project (Florence); of the research project Observer l’Observance: Diffusion, réseaux et influences des réformes régulières en Europe (École française de Rome); of the editorial board of Brill's book series The Medieval Mediterranean; of the scientific advisory board of the international research group for Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism (EmoDir), and of the humanities and social sciences editorial board of the Bialik Institute Publishing House.



2000-2005: Ph.D History, Summa cum laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1998-2000: M.A History, Summa cum laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1995-1998: B.A History and Philosophy, Summa cum laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Academic Employment:

Professor of History,Tel Aviv University, 2019-present. 

2015-2019: Associate Professor, Department of History, Tel Aviv University.

2014-present: Director, Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies, Tel Aviv University.

2011-2015:  Tenured Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Tel Aviv University.

2007-2011:  Senior Lecturer [without tenure], Department of History, Tel Aviv University.

 2006-2007: Course Instructor, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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