About Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten

Curriculum Vitae

I was born in New York, grew up in Hamilton, Ontario Canada, and moved to Jerusalem in high school. I completed my studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.A., magna cum laude, 1993; M.A., summa cum laude, 1995; Ph.D, summa cum laude, 2001) and spent two years at the University of Pennsylvania (1999-2001) and then returned to Israel. I came to the Hebrew University in 2013 (associate professor, 2013) after teaching in the Department of Jewish History and the Gender Studies Program at Bar Ilan University for 12 years (Lecturer, 2002; Senior Lecturer, 2008).

I study the social and religious history of the Jews of medieval northern Europe (1000-1400) and teach medieval history in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and in the Department of History (Assoc. Professor, 2013, Full Professor, 2018). My research focuses on the social history of the Jewish communities living in the urban centers of medieval Europe and especially on daily contacts between Jews and Christians. My work seeks to include those who did not write the sources that have reached us, with a special interest in women and gender hierarchies.

 For my current project see Beyond the Elite

At the Hebrew University I served as the BA advisor in the Department of Jewish History (2014-2016)and co-organized the new faculty forum with Dr. Eitan Grossman (2014-2016) and chaired the Limud beChevruta project (2014-2016). I was also a member of the University's Gender committee (2014-2018).  I was a member of Israel's Young Academy (2014-2018) and served on the executive committee (2016-2017)

As of fall 2018 I am Vice Dean of Research in the Humanities Faculty.