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Born in Israel, Dr. Cohen received his BA from Tel Aviv University in Comparative Literature and Film and Television Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley in 2014. Cohen’s work advances an inquiry into the aesthetic appearance of neoliberalism and globalization in Israel, Palestine and France in the period between 1945 and 2010. His work intervenes in the fields of postcolonial studies and world literature and proposes a new conception of the relationship between literary worlds and the conjuncture of state formation, nationalism and capitalism. During his year at UC Davis, Dr. Cohen will working on publishing his dissertation and will teach two courses in Comparative Literature-- Introduction to Contemporary Israeli Literature and Film, and Worldly Forms: World Literature and Its Critics. He will give a public talk in Jewish Studies in Spring quarter 2015. The post-doctoral fellowship is generously funded by the Israel Institute ( and the Bernard S. Osher Foundation.  For more information on Dr.Cohen and his work, see his bio on the "People" page. 

* Upcoming Events: Fall 2014


1) November 12, 2014: 4 to 6pm (Andrews Conference Room, SSH 2203)

"Were There Female Hasidim?" The Third Annual Ringelblum lecture will be given by Professor Marcin Wodzinski, Director of Jewish Studies at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Refreshments will be served.

2014 - 2015 Course Offerings are Posted!

We have an exciting line-up of course offerings to start off the 2014-2015 academic year, please check Courses (under the Academics tab) for full course descriptions and schedules.

Jewish Studies Faculty in the News!

Jewish Studies Faculty in the News!

Watch an interview with Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History David Biale:

With a resurgence of anti-Semitism across Europe, promoting Jewish culture can be a powerful vehicle for confronting anti-Semitism and strengthening a positive Jewish identity. Here in Germany, the Jewish Studies Department at Frankfurt University continues its highly respected conference series on the cultural history of the Jews with American historian David Biale, a leading international expert on Jewish history and culture. With Jewish communities now present in 75 countries, Jewish culture and Jewish identity are beginning to play an increasingly larger role in a globalized, multicultural world.