Rutgers University

Yael ZerubavelYael Zerubavel is the founding Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University. Professor Zerubavel has published extensively in the area of Israeli collective memory and national identity; Israeli myths, symbols, and rituals; autobiographical memory; war and trauma; land and space in Israeli culture; Israeli literature and film. Her book Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 1995) won the 1996 Salo Baron Prize of the American Academy for Jewish Research. She is currently completing a book manuscript Desert in the Promised Land: Nationalism, Politics, and Symbolic Landscapes (to be published by University of Chicago Press) and is working on another book-manuscript on Biblical Images and the Performance of Antiquity in Contemporary Israel.

Professor Zerubavel has been a frequent speaker in international conferences in memory studies and has lectured widely to academic and public audiences in the USA, Israel, and Europe. She has served on the boards of the Associations for Jewish Studies and Israel Studies and is on the editorial boards of key academic journals and presses in the fields of Israel and Jewish Studies.


  • Heritage, National Memory, and Identity Politics in Israel
  • The Desert in Zionist Imagination: Myth, Nature, and Tourism
  • Israeli Public Memorials: Memory and Oblivion
  • The Bible in Popular Israeli Culture
  • Hybrid Identities in the Israeli Cultural Landscape
  • Trauma and Memory in Israeli Literature and Film
  • Masada and the Holocaust as Historical Metaphors
  • Reimagining Antiquity in Israeli culture