Current PhD Students


Itay Abadi

Department of Archaeology

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Subject: The Transition from The Upper Palaeolithic To the Epipalaeolithic In the Southern Levant And the Development of The Microlithic Technology.

Supervisor: Prof. Nigel Goring-Morris

Abstract: The doctoral dissertation focuses on one of the important developments in the of ancient hunting methods in the southern Levant. This change took place during the transition between the transition from the Upper Paleolithic to the Epipaleolithic periods (some 25,000 years ago), due to the development of microlithic tools (small stone tools, carefully designed in standard shapes, used to form composite projectile tools).
The study examines stone tool assemblages from several sites in the southern Levant from the end of the Upper Paleolithic and the beginning of the Epipaleolithic. By combine three different methods to analyze stone tool production (attribute analysis, experimental knapping and core refitting) the study aims to trace the source of this change and its evolution in terms of chronology, technology and style. 

Bio: PhD student at the Institute of Archaeology. Studied for BA and MA at Hebrew University. The MA thesis examining the transition from the Middle to the Upper Palaeolithic in the Levant, and was completed under the guidance of Prof. Anna Belfer-Cohen. The PhD thesis, written under the supervision of Prof. Nigel Goring-Morris, deals with lithic technology changes that seen with the appearance of the Epipalaeolithic in the Levant.


  • Grosman, L., Munro, N.D., Abadi, I., Boaretto, E., Shaham, D., Belfer-Cohen, A., Bar-Yosef, O. 2016. Nahal Ein Gev II, a Late Natufian Community at the Sea of Galilee. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0146647. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146647.
  • Goder-Goldberger, M., Ginat, H., Ragolski, G., Seri, G., Abadi, I. 2017. Middle Palaeolithic Find Spots with Nubian Cores from the Southern Negev and the Arava, Israel. Journal of Lithic Studies 4(1). doi:10.2218/jls.v4i1.1688.
  • Grosman, L., Shaham, D., Valletta, F., Abadi, I., Goldgeier, H., Klein, N., Dubreuil, L., Munro, N.D. 2017. A Human Face Carved on a Pebble from the Late Natufian Site of Nahal Ein Gev II. Antiquity 91(358). doi:10.15184/aqy.2017.122.
  • Abadi, I., Grosman, L. 2019. Sickle Blade Technology in the Late Natufian of the Southern Levant. In Asrtuc L, McCartney C, Briois F, Kassianidou V (Eds.), Near Eastern Lithic Technologies on the Move: Interactions and Contexts in the Neolithic Traditions, 8th International Conference on PPN Chipped and Ground Stone Industries of the Near East, Nicosia, November 23rd–27th 2016. Pp. 295-304. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Volume 150. Astrom Editions, Nicosia.
  • Friesem, D.E., Abadi, I., Shaham, D., Grosman, L. 2019. Lime Plaster Cover of the Dead 12,000 Years Ago – New Evidence for the Origins of Lime Plaster Technology. Evolutionary Human Sciences 1: e9. doi: 10.1017/ehs.2019.9.
  • Abadi, I., Bar-Yosef, O., Belfer-Cohen, A. 2020. Kebara V — A Contribution for the Study of the Middle-Upper Paleolithic Transition in the Levant. PaleoAnthropology 2020: 1−28. doi:10.4207/PA.2020.ART139.

President Scholarship 2019/20

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Asaf Ben Haim

Archaeology and Ancient Middle Eastern studies

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Subject:  The Development of the Urban Layout at the South-Western Hill of Jerusalem from the Hellenistic Period to the Destruction of the City on AD70

Supervisor:  Dr. Orit Peleg-Barkat

Abstract:  I’m an archaeologist; specializing in classical periods at the levant, in architectural decoration and in the application of computational methods and 3D modeling on the study of stone decoration. In my PhD I am studying the development of the urban layout at the south-western hill of Jerusalem from the Hellenistic period to the destruction of the city in AD70.
I am a graduate of the Mandel School M.A. Research Track Honors Program and the “Late Antiquity” interdisciplinary M.A. Research Honors Program. In my masters I have studied the architectural decoration found at the fortress-palace in Herodium, its cultural influence and stone-carving methods.
I am the head of the New Hebrew University Expedition for the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, together with Dr. Orit Peleg-Barkat and Dr. Oren Gutfeld; member of the Ehud Netzer Expedition for Herodium; member of the Hebrew University Expedition for Horvat Midras.

Year: תשפ"ב

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Tal Brit

Department of Art History

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Subject: Philosophia Naturalis in 14-16th century and the Representation of Nature in the Art of North Italy

Supervisor: Dr. Lola Kantor-Kazovsky

Abstract: In my research I intend to trace the Medieval taxonomy of plants, Wild Men, landscapes and texts of Philosophia Naturalis, in the visual iconography of goddess Natura: starting with theological writings and ending with the private canvases commissioned by North Italian aristocrats in the Quattrocento and the Cinquecento. The Iconongraphical interpretations of canonical canvases such as the (so called) “Venus” of Giorgione, and other mysterious females, is still vague and unidentified, in spite of the vast amount of textual and visual precedents. I will claim that the detailed geology as well as the figurative characters, are allegorical representations of Natura, and a result of a synthesis between the Medieval tradition of Philosophia Naturalis and the Humanistic culture. For each of the cosmographical components of the Medieval Philosophia Naturalis there is an essential origin in Pliny’s encyclopedic Historia Naturalis which received a new kind of attention in the Trecento. I believe it would be justified to explore the misconstrued compositions of these private canvases through that encyclopedic perspective, which seem to have been dominant in patronage culture during the Quattrocento and Cinquecento. I will use them as both the objects of research and as its focus. In addition to previous interpretations of these motifs, I believe that a further understanding of the philosophical contemplation over the relations between the creations of Man versus those of Nature would suffice a more objective understanding of these compositions. As a result, I hope it will deepen our general view of North Italian artists and their patrons.

Bio: A Phd student in the Art History department in the Hebrew University; Studying North Italian allegories and their visual representation in the Quattrocento and the Cinquecento; Teaching ancient Art and Though in the Israeli Arts and Science Academy; An avid lecturer and organizer of various courses and conferences in the scholarly arena.

Rotenstreich Scholarship 2021/22

President Stipend 2018/19

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Moishi Chechik

Department of Talmud and Halakha

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Subject: Movement and trends in Halachic ruling in 16th century Ashkenaz‏ and Poland

Supervisor: Prof. Simcha Emanuel

Abstract: The history of Halakhah in early modern Europe with cultural and social emphasis‏‏


President Stipend 2018/19

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Danielle Chen Kleinman

Department of Asian Studies

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Subject: Kakawin literature: figurative features and text-building strategies

Supervisor: Prof. Yigal Bronner and Prof. Ronit Ricci

Abstract: Danielle's research examines the corpus of kakawin literature - a form of court poetry written in the Kawi language, which served as the preferred medium of aesthetic and political self-representation of the ruling Javanese elites between the 9th and 15th centuries CE. The research explores the set of literary tools, figural as well as prosodial, which were developed and used by the Javanese poets, in their process of creating a local literary identity within the larger cosmopolitan space known as the "Sanskrit cosmopolis".  Special attention is given to the creative and innovative ways in which the Javanese poets borrowed literary models and text-building strategies from Sanskrit kāvya literature while reconfiguring and rearticulating them to fit their new aesthetic and cultural environment.  

Bio: Danielle Chen is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the supervision of Prof. Ronit Ricci and Prof. Yigal Bronner, and a member of the ERC research group "The new Ecology of Expressive Modes in Early Modern South India" organized by Prof. David Shulman. Danielle holds an MA degree from the Hebrew University in which she focused on the aesthetic theory of Abhinavagupta, the 11th century Kashmiri philosopher and poetician. She is currently working on Old Javanese (Kawi) texts and textuality and is especially interested in the complex set of interactions they shared with Sanskrit literature and forms of conceptualization.

President Stipend 2019/20

Azrieli Scholarship 2021/22

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Chagai Emanuel

Department of Talmud

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Subject: Talmudic reasonning and the Sasanian context of the Babylonian Talmud

MA Honors 2018/19

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Tom Eshed

Tom Eshed

Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry

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Subject:  Holocaust Diplomacy: Commemorating the Shoah in Israeli Foreign Relations, 1948-200

Supervisor: Prof. Amos Goldberg

Abstract: My dissertation will explore the intersection between Israeli diplomacy and Holocaust memory from 1948 to 2005. I am particularly interested in the influence of cultural diplomacy on transnational memory and the impact foreign relations have on national narratives.

Bio: I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I completed an MA in Jewish History in 2020 and a BA in History in 2017 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 


"The Righteous Among the Nations and Israeli Foreign Relations," Politika, Winter 2019 (Hebrew).
"The Hebrew University Press First Years, 1929–39", Hayo Haya: A Young Forum for History 15, Spring 2020 (Hebrew).
"Historical Documents of the Hebrew University Press, 1929-1949", Magnes Press: After 90 Years, 2019 (Hebrew).

Rotenstreich Scholarship 2021/22

Mosse Scholarship 2020/2021 

MA Honors Program 2017/2018

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Odeya Eshel

Department of  Comparative Religion

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Subject Narrative and commentary in the Aṭṭhakathā

Supervisor: Dr. Eviatar Shulman and Prof. Charles Hallisey

Bio: I'm a PhD candidate in the department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University. I hold a B.A. in social work and the multidisciplinary program, and a M.A. in Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University. My M.A. thesis focused on the Pāli canon of the Buddhist Theravadin tradition, and the relation between scripture and a religious practice of devotion.

Abstract My research focuses on the Aṭṭhakathā - the traditional commentary on the Pāli canon and the characteristics of its narrative commentary. The literal meaning of Aṭṭhakathā is ‘The story of the meaning’, and as the name implies, some of the meaningful narratives of the tradition are in this text. This research aims to introduce the commentary technique as a creative literary process, that is intertwined in the emotional reaction of the traditional reader. The research emphasizes the oral and dynamic traits of this text, that hold a unique poetic and powerful narratives, that hasn’t yet been appreciated adequately in research.

President Stipend 2021/22

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Anabella Esperanza

Anabella Esperanza

Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

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Subject: Jewish Women's Religious and Medical Practices at the late Ottoman Empire

Supervisor: Prof. Liat Kozma

Bio: Anabella Esperanza is a MA graduate in the Department for the Study of Jewish Languages and Literatures: Ladino Studies. Her MA thesis, "Women's Writings in Judezmo (Ladino) in the Late Ottoman Empire (1871-1902): Istanbul, Salonica and Serres", examine aspects of literacy, reading and writing practices of the firsts female writers in Judezmo (Ladino) in the Late Ottoman Empire. 
Anabella is a P.h.D student under Prof. Liat Kozma's guidance.  Her research explore Jewish Women's Religious and Medical Practices in the Late Ottoman Empire in the context of the Ottoman Muslim Society. Anabella is part of Mandel School for Humanities and the ERC research group 'Regional History of Middle East Medicine'. 

President Stipend 2018/19

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Natan Evron

Department of Bible Studies

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Subject: Nehemiah in Second Temple Period Literature: From the Bible to Josephus

Supervisor: Prof. Michael Segal and Dr. Ronnie Goldstein

Abstract: My research deals with the character of Nehemiah and the various traditions about him during the Second Temple period. The first part of the study will deal with the composition of the book of Ezra-Nehemiah in general, and in particular of the stories about Nehemiah, in order to recognize the original traditions about Nehemiah that are in it and the changes that took place in his character during the formation of the book. The second part will deal with the traditions about Nehemiah in the post-biblical literature – Sirach, 2 Maccabees, the Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus and more – and the relationship between them and the biblical text. 

Bio: Natan Evron has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University and a M.A. degree in Biblical Studies and in Mandel's School's Honorary Program at the Hebrew University. His Master thesis dealt with some of the stories of David's rise to monarchy in 1 Samuel. His research focuses on biblical historiography and comparisons between the Bible and ancient Near Eastern cultures. Participates in a research project by Prof. Daniel Schwartz from the Hebrew University for the Reconstruction of the Lost Hebrew Version of 1 Maccabees.


“'David is Hiding among Us': The Stories about David, Saul, and the Ziphites (1 Sam 23:19–24; 26:1).” In David in the Desert. Edited by Hannes Bezzel and Reinhard G. Kratz. BZAW; Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter, 2020 (approx.)

Rotenstreich 2020/2021

MA Honors Program 2015/2016

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Mor Geller

Department of History 

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Topic Public Opinion Polling and the Future(s) of the German Democratic Republic, 1966–1989

Supervisor Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi

Bio: I am a research student in history, focusing mainly on cultural history, Alltagsgeschichte, and knowledge production in Cold War Germany. I obtained my BA and MA from the same department and from the HUJI Institute of History Honors Program. I also participated in the Mandel School MA Honors Program, and am a fellow at the Koebner Center for German History. Between the years 2019-2021 I served as editor-in-chief of the student journal "Hayo Haya – a Young Forum for History." Beside my research, I am interested in cinema, socialism, and urban planning.

Abstract My dissertation will explore the widespread phenomenon of public opinion polling in East Germany and the multiple roles it played in the effort to sustain and reform the state’s power structure between the mid-1960s and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Through an analysis of the surveys and reports produced by the state-sanctioned social research institutes, I aim to establish the centrality of this method to the cultural, social, and political history of the German Democratic Republic and to understand the ways in which it was used by citizens in unexpected ways to imagine the future(s) of the GDR.

Geller, Mor. “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Socialism: Education and Entertainment in the Musical Film Heißer Sommer (GDR, 1968).” Slil – Journal for History, Film, and Television (Forthcoming). [in Hebrew]

Mosse Stipend 2021/22


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