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History department, Haifa University, Mt. Carmel, Israel 31905

Academic Employment

2014 –                     Chair, History Department, Haifa University.

2015 –                     Associate Professor, History Department, Haifa University, Israel.

2011- 2015             Senior Lecturer (tenured), History Department, Haifa University, Israel.

2005-2011              Assistant Professor, History Department, Haifa University, Israel.


2002-2005     Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., History.

2000-2002    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, M.A., History, summa cum laude.

1995-1997     Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.A., History and Philosophy, magna cum laude.


American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013) [paperback edition 2014].

Rome Reborn on Western Shores: Historical Imagination and the Creation of the American Republic (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009).

On-Going Project

“The New Constellation”: Political Astronomy and the Rise of the Star Spangled Republic, book length study.

Refereed Publications

Journal Articles:

“Our Federal Sun: Planetary Politics Before the Civil War,” American Political Thought 7:2 (2018) 189-215.

“The New Israel: The Early American Republic as a Biblical Nation,” Historia 34:4 (2014), 107-138.

“Mercy Otis Warren, the American Revolution, and the Classical Imagination,” Transatlantica: A Journal of American Studies 2:2015.

“‘A Republic Amidst the Stars’: Political Astronomy and the Intellectual Origins of the Stars and Stripes,” Journal of the Early Republic 31:1 (Spring 2011), 39-73.

“‘Written in the Style of Antiquity’: Pseudo-Biblicism and the Early American Republic, 1770-1830,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 79:4 (December 2010), pp. 800-826.

“‘The Mediterranean Synthesis’ in American History,” Journal of Levantine Studies (2:1), 2012, pp. 115-134.

“Revive, Re-new and Reestablish: Mordecai Noah’s Ararat and the Limits of Biblical Imagination in the Early American Republic,” The American Jewish Archives Journal 62:1 (2010), pp. 1-20.

“A Perfect Republic: The Mosaic Constitution in Revolutionary New England, 1775-1788” New England Quarterly 82.2, 2009, pp. 253-263.

“The Rise of the American Democracy and its consequence to Privacy in the Political Discourse of Nineteenth-century America,” Zmanim 104, Fall 2008, pp. [Hebrew]

“The Missing Revolution: 1776 in Light of the Totalitarian Democracy,” History of European Ideas 34.2, June 2008, pp. 158-168.

“Historical Consciousness, the Classical World, and the American Revolution,” Historia 19, 2007, pp. 25-48 [Hebrew].

“Empire Transformed: Britain in the American Classical Imagination, 1758-1783,” Early American Studies 4.1, 2006, pp. 112-146.

“Ancient Masks, American Fathers: Classical Pseudonyms during the American Revolution and Early Republic,” Journal of the Early Republic 25.3, 2003, pp. 152-172.

“The Deterministic Liberalism of Jacob Talmon,” Alpayim – A Multidisciplinary Publication for Contemporary Thought and Literature, January 2004, pp. 267-280 (Hebrew).

Book Chapters:

“The Bible and the Creation of the Nation,” Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America, Paul Gutjahr ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), 346-357.

“America’s Antiquities: The Ancient Past in the Creation of the American Republic,” in Wyger R.E. Velema and Arthur Weststeijn (ed.), Ancient Models in the Early Modern Republican Imagination (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 306-328.

“Ben Hur’s Rome: From Virtuous Republic to Tyrannous Empire,” in Bigger than Ben Hur: The Book, Its Adaptations, and Its Audiences, Barbara Ryan and Milette Shamir (eds) (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015), 36-61.

“Evil Councilors, Corrupt Traitors, and Bad Kings: The Hebrew Bible and Political Critique in Revolutionary America,” in Dustin Gish and Daniel Klinghard (eds.), Resistance to Tyrants, Obedience to God’: The Mutual Influence of Religion and Reason at the American Founding (Lexington Books, 2015).

“Beyond the Republican Synthesis: Biblical Republicanism and the American Revolution,” in Thomas Maissen and Fania Oz-Salzberger (eds.), The Liberal-Republican Quandary in Israel, Europe, and the United States: Early Modern Thought meets Current Affairs (Academic Studies Press, 2012), 86-113.

“Jefferson’s Classical Silence, 1774-76: Historical Consciousness and Roman History in the Revolutionary South,” in Thomas Jefferson and the Classics, Peter Onuf and Nicholas Cole (eds.), (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011)

Fellowships, Grants and Functions

2011-2014          Israel Science Foundation, research grant in the humanities

2014 –                  Faculty of Humanities, Teaching Committee – member

2009 – present:  International Contributing editor, The Journal of American History

2009                     Excellent teaching award, history department, Haifa University

2009 – present: Departmental B.A. committee, Chair

2007-9                  Dean’s Special Research Grant, Haifa University

2009 –                    Director, Posen Young  Scholar Cicrcle, Hiafa University law school

2007 –                    Network of Ancient and Modern Imperialisms, steering committee member

2007 –  present: Director, Honors Workshop for Excelling Students, School of History, Haifa University.

2006 – present:   Coordinator, Faculty Research Workshop, School of History, Haifa University.

2005                         First Prize, Competition for Excellence in Historical Writing and Research, Colonial Society of Pennsylvania.

2005                         Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University (declined).

2003-2004            Fulbright Doctoral Scholarship.

2003                         Butler Prize for best first-year paper, Honorable Mention, Johns Hopkins University, Department of History.

2003                         Valedictorian, Graduate Ceremony, Hebrew University.

2002                         Jefferson Scholars Graduate Fellowship, University of Virginia (declined).

2001-2002            American Studies Fellowship, Department of American Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1997                         The Fuchs Prize for best seminar paper in Ancient History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of History.

1996-7                     The Dean’s list, Hebrew University.

Other Publications

“A Comment on Christopher Tomlins, Transplants and Timing: Passages in the Creation of an Anglo-American Law of Slavery,” Theoretical Inquiries in Law Forum 10.2, 2009.

“Joseph Warren,” Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment (London: Continuum, 2009).

“Dr. Warren’s Ciceronian Toga: Performing Rebellion in Revolutionary Boston,” Common-Place 7.2, 2007.

“State Law in the Confederation Period, 1776-1787,” The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (Oxford University Press, 2009).

“Dr. Warren’s Ciceronian Toga: Performing Rebellion in Revolutionary Boston,” Common-Place 7.2, 2007.

Book Reviews

“Democracy’s Muse: How Thomas Jefferson Became an FDR Liberal, a Reagan Republican, and a Tea Party Fanatic, All the While Being Dead,” by Andrew Burstein in American Political Thought 5:4 (2016), 720-21.

“Light It Up: The Marine Eye For Battle in the War for Iraq,” by John Pettegrew, Haaretz, June 3, 2016 []

“The Ebony Column: Classics, Civilization, and the African Reclamation of the West,” by Eric Ashley Hairston in the Journal of the Early Republic 34:3 (2014), 517-520.

“Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South,” by Yael Sternhell in Historia 31-32 (2014) [Hebrew].

“Sacred Scripture Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution,” by James P. Byrd in the Journal of American History 101:1 (2014), 245-246.

“Thomas Jefferson, Time and History,” by Hannah Spahn in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History 137:2 (2013), 208-209.

“Caesar in the USA,” by Maria Wyke, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.03.45

“Clothed in the Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors,” by Benjamin Irvin, Journal of American History 98:2012, 1149-1150.

“Capture the Flag: The Stars and Stripes in American History,” by Arneldo Testi, H-Net Nationalism, posted Apr. 2011.

“The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election,” by Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz, New England Quarterly 84.3, 2011, 533-536.

“The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750-1900,” by Caroline Winterer, Journal of the Early Republic 28, No. 1, 2008, pp. 154-158.

“A People’s History of the United States,” by Howard Zinn, Haaretz Books, Dec., 11, 2007.

“Mayflower,” By Nathaniel Philbrick, Haaretz Books, July 4, 2007 [Hebrew].

“A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic,” by John Ferling, Journal of American Studies, 40, No. 2, 2006, pp. 427-428.

“Republican Legal Theory: The History, Constitution, and Purposes of Law in a Free State,” by M.N.S. Sellers, Journal of American Studies 38, No. 3, 2004, pp. 531-532.

“The Riddle of the Present and the Cunning of History,” by Jacob Talmon, Zmanim Historical Quarterly, No. 75, June 2001, pp. 85-88 [Hebrew].

Conferences and Invited Talks

2013 – Royal Dutch Institute in Rome – America’s Antiqiuties: The Pasts of the American Revolution

2013 – Arizona State University, “The Debate On Slavery and the Decline of the Old Testament as a Political Text.”

2012 – University of Chicago, Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture, “The End of a Biblical Civilization.”

2012 – Notre Dame University, department of history, “The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War.”

2011 – Jefferson Center for Early American Studies, Monticello, “A Republic Amidst the Stars: Political Astronomy in the Early American Republic.”

2011 – History department seminar, UCSB, “An Intellectual Genealogy of the Stars and Stripes.”

2011 – Christopher News University, paper in conference (Classical Tradition in America): “Mercy Warren Otis, Rome, and the American Revolution.”

2011 – University of Montreal, Early American Colloquium, “Stars and Constellations in the American Political Imagination.”

2011 – Gipson Center for Eighteenth Century Studies, Lehigh University, “The Language of Political Astronomy in Early America.”

2010 – Humboldt University, Berlin, conference: Transformations of Antiquity, “America, Rome, and the Fear of Empire.”

2010 – National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, “Rome Reborn on Western Shores,” talk moderated by Daniel K. Richter.

2010 – New York University, Atlantic Seminar, “Pseudo-Biblicism and the Political Theology of the Early United States.”

2010 – International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, VA.

2010 – “1776, 1948: Two Concepts of Liberty,” Liberalism and Republicanism in Early Modern Europe, conference organized by the German-Israel Foundation

2009 – Meinecke Institute, Free University, Berlin, “Athens, Jerusalem and the Historical Imagination in Revolutionary America.”

2009 –  Kennedy Institute, Free University, Berlin, “Biblical Authors in the Early United States.”

2009 – Law and History workshop, Tel Aviv University, invited talk, “Revive, Re-establish and Constitute: Mordechai Noah, the American Constitution and the Israelite Republic.”

2008 – America in the Mediterranean, The Van Leer Institute, conference paper, “A Chosen Empire: Rome, Jerusalem and the ‘Mediterranean Synthesis’ in American History.”

2008 – Jefferson and the Classics, American Academy in Rome, organized by the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, invited talk, “Revolutionary Jefferson, the Slaveholding South and the Classics”

2008 – Time Beyond Borders, international conference, co-organizer.

2008 – Histories of Legal Transplantations, Institute for Advanced Studies of Jerusalem, commentator on paper by Christopher Tomlins, “Transplants and Timing: Passages in the Creation of an Anglo-American Law of Slavery.”

2008 – Forum for American Studies in Israel, “A Perfect Republic: The Mosaic Constitution in Revolutionary New England.”

2007 –  Ancient and Modern Imperialisms, International Conference, University of London, invited talk, “Republics, Empires, and Historical Consciousness”

2006 – Dean’s Luncheon, Haifa University, “Two Dictators: Cincinnatus, Caesar, and American Political Culture.”

2006 – Privacy, a Multi-Disciplinary Conference, Tel-Aviv University, “American Revolutionaries, Classical Identities: Historical Consciousness and Selfhood in Late    Eighteenth-Century America”

2006 – Conference in honor of the late Jacob Talmon, Van Leer Institute, invited talk, “The      Missing Revolution: 1776 in Light of Totalitarian Democracy.”

2006 –  Early American Identities, Haifa University, Session Chair

2006 – Arieli Prize ceremony, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, invited talk, “Rome on    Western Shores: The American Revolution, the Ancient World, and Historical Consciousness”

2005 – Early American Political Writing, Liberty Fund Conference, Invited Commentator.

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