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Faculty and stuff list

Dr. Esther Yankelevitch

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I am a lecturer in the Land of Israel Department at the University of Haifa. I received my BA, MA and PhD fromthe University of Haifa. My main field of research are the different models Jewish settlements  that were set up Palestine from the close of the Ottoman period to the State of Israel. In the framework  I examine the contribution of the settlement authorities such as the JCA and the changes that the agricultural settlements underwent  in order to adapt them to the lifestyle, the skills of the settlers and their  ideology. Following this topic I am also involved in research concerning the Agricultural education in Palestine and I published a book based on my doctoral dissertation, "Goodby Mr. Fiat":   the Kadoorie agricultural school 1933-1959. Lately I am involved in research concerning the city of Tiberias, Jewish and Arab relations in the mixed city (1880- 1948) . I have published several publications in periodicals, A paper concerning the Jewish population during  WWI, "War and Nationalism in Palestine: The Jewish migration committee in the Galilee during the First World War"  will soon be published in a special volume. I live in Moshav in the Galilee and I am involved in the documentation of preservation of historic sites from the modern era.
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Dr. Asaf Shamis

Dr. Shamis is currently serving as a teaching fellow at the University of Haifa under the auspices of the Returning Scientists Program. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (BA & MA), the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (Ph.D) and Columbia University (Postdoc). Dr. Asaf Shamis is a political scientist in training. He has published works in political theory, history of Zionism, media history and present-day Israeli politics. Dr. Shamis is currently working on two major research projects. The first is a comprehensive overview of the Israeli Premiership from the days of David Ben-Gurion up to the present day. He is also working on his first book entitled Hidden Medium: Studies in the Material Dimension of Political Thought. In the book offers a novel way of looking at the great political texts of the past by reconstructing the historical media landscapes in which they were originally produced.

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Professor Adrian Boas

Department of Archaeology
University of Haifa

Mount Carmel, Haifa, 31905

President - Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East  

Prof. Adrian Boas

My principal academic activity has been research into different aspects of the daily life of the Frankish population in the Latin East during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. My research has been devoted to examining the material culture of the Crusader period with the aim of developing neglected areas of study, applying new methodologies and expanding the interest of both the academic and general public through research, publishing, teaching and fieldwork. I have directed excavations and surveys at a number of Crusader period sites including the castles of Beth She’an, Vadum Iacob and Blanchegarde, the Teutonic Headquarters in Acre and a Frankish village in Jerusalem. Since 2006 I have directed a research project at Montfort Castle in the Western Galilee, a project of historical and archaeological research, conservation and site development. I have published books on Crusader material culture, Jerusalem in the Crusader period, archaeology of the military orders, and domestic archaeology and recently edited a historical/archaeological volume titled The Crusader World (Routledge) which was listed in the Choice list of outstanding academic books for 2016 and a book on Montfort Castle (Brill) which received the Verbruggen Prize for the best book on medieval military history of 2017. At present I am writing a book on the Life in the Latin East. Since 2016 I am president of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East.





Dr. Miriam Sivan

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Phone: +972-(0)4-8288303 
Office: Eshkol Tower, Room 1601

Originally from New York City, Miryam Sivan lives in the Galilee and teaches literature and writing at the University of Haifa. Her published books include SNAFU and Other Stories (2014) and Belonging Too Well: Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction (2009). She has published short fiction and numerous academic articles in both the U.S. and the U.K. She is currently writing song lyrics, a screenplay, while her novel, Love Match, looks for its home in a NY publishing house.



Dr. Moshe Naor

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Moshe Naor is Assistant Professor in the Department of Israel Studies at the University of Haifa.  His main research interests focus on the history of the Jewish community in Palestine and the State of Israel, the history of Oriental and Sephardi Jewish communities, Arab Jewish Relations, and War and Society. He is the author of: Social Mobilization in the Arab-Israeli War of 1948: On the Israeli Home Front (Routledge, 2013). His book, written together with Dr. Abigail Jacobson, Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine, was published in 2016 by Brandeis University Press. The book Oriental Neighbors won the Shapiro Award of the Association for Israel Studies for the Best Book in Israel Studies. 


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