Visiting Faculty

Abigail JacobsonAbigail Jacobsen

Visiting Professor

Contact: 147 Bay State Road, Suite 502, Boston, MA 02215

Abigail Jacobson received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2006. She taught for several years in Israel. In 2011-12 she was a junior research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the social and urban history of mixed urban communities in Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean  in the late Ottoman period and the British mandate. Jacobson’s book, entitled “From Empire to Empire: Jerusalem between Ottoman and British Rule” was  published by Syracuse University Press in July 2011.  She is currently working on two main projects. The first focuses on the history of Palestinian communism and anti-imperial struggle at the end of the British mandate and the early years of the State of Israel. The second project discusses relations and links between Jews of Arab descents and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine. Jacobson is currently teaching in the Department of History at MIT and is also teaching this Fall at BU a course entitled: The Israeli Palestinian Conflict. She will be a teaching at the Eli Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at BU in the Spring 2015 term .


Nahum Karlinsky nahumKarlinsky1

Visiting Professor

Contact: 147 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

Nahum Karlinsky’s will return as an Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies visiting professor in Fall of 2014. His scholarship engages in diverse fields of inquiry, among them the study of the social, cultural, urban and economic history of modern Israel/Palestine; modern Jewish Philanthropy; Hasidism; Jewish Fundamentalism; and modern Jewish historiography.

Among Professor Karlinsky’s books are: California Dreaming: Ideology, Society and
Technology in the Citrus Industry of Palestine, 1890-1939 (State
University of New York Press, 2005), and Counter History: The Hasidic
Epistles from Eretz-Israel – Text and Context (Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi
Press, 1998 [Hebrew]).
Since 2008 he has been affiliated with MIT and MISTI-Israel as a
Visiting Associate Professor teaching a course on “Israel: History,
Politics, Culture, and Identity.”