Our world-class research is wide-ranging and innovative, exploring areas of Jewish Studies that are transnational, interdisciplinary, and often neglected or unknown.
Our areas of research include, but are not limited to:
- the Ancient Near East
- early rabbinic literature
- eastern European Jewish history
- Yiddish culture
- the Arab-Israeli conflict
- Jewish-Muslim relations
Recent research projects include:
- Jewish time and calendars
- code switching in the Talmud
- Maskilic Hebrew
- the Jews and photography
- intercession (‘shtadlanut’) in Jewish political tradition
- gender in modern Hebrew literature.
We explore new areas of research; our contributions to understanding and knowledge are significant, pioneering, and world-leading.
We have run several international research collaborations with colleagues in Israel, Germany, Poland, and the USA. In the last ten years, the Department has won major research grants from the ERC (European Research Council), AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), Leverhulme, and the British Academy, and has hosted a number of postdoctoral fellowships. Research students have undertaken doctorates in a very wide range of subjects.
Our location in the heart of Bloomsbury gives us close access to a wide range of libraries and unique research facilities, and to its vibrant, interdisciplinary research community.