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Jewish Studies • History

 Office: Hellems 356

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Assistant Professor of History and Endowed Professor of Israel/Palestine Studies in the Program in Jewish Studies


Areas of research related to Jewish Studies:

History of Israel/Palestine, Education and Childhood in Mandate Palestine, Jewish Student Organizations

About Prof. Kalisman:

Hilary Falb Kalisman holds a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. Her research interests include education, colonialism, state and nation building in Israel/Palestine as well as in the broader Middle East. Her current book manuscript, "Schooling the State: Education in the Modern Middle East" uses a collective biography of thousands of public school teachers across Israel/Palestine, Iraq and Transjordan/Jordan to trace how the arc of teachers’ professionalization correlated with their political activity, while undermining correspondence between nations, nationalism and governments across the region.

Her research has been supported by the National Academy of Education, the American Academic Institute in Iraq as well as the International Institute of Education, among other organizations. She has recently begun a new project analyzing Jewish students at the American University of Beirut. 

Her teaching comprises Jewish and Middle Eastern History, with specializations in the history of Israel/Palestine, as well as the history of childhood.

Recent Publications:

"Education Policy in Iraq: Competing Visions of the State." in Benjamin Iskahan, Shamiran Mako and Fadi Dawood (eds.), State and Society in Iraq: Citizenship under Occupation, Dictatorship and Democratization, London, I.B. Tauris, 2017. 
"The Little Persian Agent in Palestine: Husayn Ruhi, British Intelligence, and World War I," The Jerusalem Quarterly, Issue 66, September 2016
"Bursary Scholars at the American University of Beirut: Living and Practising Arab Unity," The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 42, No. 4, October 2015.