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Lior Libman

Lior LibmanAssistant Professor of Israel Studies, Department of
Judaic Studies

Associate Director, Center for Israel Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Comparative Literature

Office: LT 1315

Prof. Libman is a literary scholar and cultural historian specializing in Modern Hebrew and Israeli Literatures and Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Socialist Zionism and the Kibbutz Movement. She teaches various courses on Israeli Literature from 1948 to the present, which explore questions of nation-building, class, conflict, gender and ethnicity. Her current work focuses on the imagery and political imagination of the kibbutz in the years of the transition form the pre-State yishuv to the State of Israel. Parts of it have been published in Iyunim Bitkumat Israel (Studies in Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel) and Journal of Badiou Studies. Prof. Libman is a Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Israel Studies, and co-directs the Literature and Culture Section of its Annual Conferences.

Educational Background
  • PhD in Hebrew Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • MA in Cultural Studies: Summa Cum Laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem  
  • BA in History: Magna Cum Laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Fellowships and Awards
  • Spring 2017, The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Research Fellowship. Research Group: "Israeli Histories, Societies and Cultures: Comparative Approaches"; Research Project: "Jews in Harness: The Socialist-Zionist Labor Movement and Hasidism".

  • 2014-2016, Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London.
  • 2013, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, The Haim and Miriam Greenstein Prize for the Research of the History of the Land of Israel since the 19th Century.
  • 2013, Harvard University, Department for Comparative Literature, Institute for World Literature, Full Tuition Scholarship.
  • 2012-2013, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Gisela Gross and Edward Gross Doctoral Fellowship for Hebrew Literature and Jewish Thought.
  • 2012-2013, Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem, Doctoral Workshop Fellowship.
  • 2012 The Wolf Foundation, Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Candidates.
  • 2009-2014, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem President's Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities.

  • 2007 - 2009 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem / University of Wisconsin - Madison, History Department, George L. Mosse Fellowship.

Courses Regularly Taught
  • Intro to Israeli Literature
  • The Israeli Palestinian Conflict in Literature
  • The Kibbutz in Israeli Culture
Current Research Interests
  • Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Israeli Literature
  • Kibbutz and Socialist-Zionism's Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Literature and Cultural History in the formative years of Israeli statehood

More on Prof. Libman's work in an interview with her in the Israel Institute Magazine, Issue 4, Spring/Summer 2016, pp. 4-6.

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Last Updated: 4/2/19