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Department secretary: Iris Nahari

Humanities Building, room 4409

Office hours:

Sunday – 11:30-14:30, Monday-Thursday – 10:00-13:00

Outside of office hours -- by appointment

Telephone: 02-5881388

Fax: 02-5881479


Prof. Jonathan Dekel-Chen

Room: Rabin, 603
Office Hours: Wednesday, 0830-1000

Academic and Administrative Appointments (selected)

   1.    Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History & Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University
of Jerusalem [HUJI], 2009-present.

   2.    Senior Lecturer in the Department of General History, HUJI, 2009-present.

   3.    Acting Chairman of the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, HUJI, 2006-2008.

   4.    Director of the Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry, HUJJ,
2003-2008. Academic Chairman of Center, 2009-present.

   5.    Visiting Teaching Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2009.

   6.    Visiting Scholar, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 2009.

   7.    Founder and Representative of HUJI to the Yad Hanadiv Inter-University Cooperative Project,
"Russian and East European Studies," 2010- 2014.

   8.    Academic Director of B.A. Degree Division, Rothberg International School, HUJI, 2012-2013.

   9.    Chairman of the Department of Jewish History & Contemporary Jewry, HUJI, 2013-2014.

   10.  Israel Institute Visiting Professor at in the Department of History & the Institute for Israel and
Jewish Studies, Columbia University, 2015-2016.

   11.  Chairman of the Division of Russian Studies, HUJI, present.

Education & Training Year
Lady Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2001-2002 Ph.D. in Comparative History, Brandeis University 2001 M.A. in Comparative History, Brandeis University 1998 Graduate studies in International Relations & Russian and Slavic Studies, 1995-1997

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
B.A. in International Relations & Russian and Slavic Studies, 1995

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Intensive Russian language course, Moscow State University 1993

Awards, Grants & Fellowships (selected, post-Ph.D. degree)

   1.    2005-2008, Israel Science Foundation Research Grant, “A World of Good: Jewish Philanthropy and Politics in Russia and the USSR, 1890s-1990s”

   2.    2006, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Washington, D.C., “Kennan Short-Term

   3.    2008-2009, Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

   4.    2008-2009, Research Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of

   5.    2015-2016, Israel Institute Visiting Professorship at Columbia University, N.Y.

   6.    2011-2014, Initiator, organizer and member of Steering Committee for the project approved by the Council of Higher Education in Israel and Yad Hanadiv, "Inter-University Cooperation in Russian and East European Studies."

   7.    2014-2017 Research and publication grant for project, “Colonies Restored: Atlas of Jewish
Agricultural Settlement in the Modern Era” from I-Core Research Group “Da’at ha-makom”, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

   8.    The Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines, Hebrew
University, 2007.

11. Golda Meir Fellowship, Hebrew University, 2004-2005.


Academic Expertise

Russian and Soviet studies; modern European history; international relations; Modern Jewish history; Agrarian history; the history of philanthropy; migration studies; Israel studies.

Service & Projects (selected)
Speaker for the Israeli Consulate in New England, U.S.A. (1997-2001).

Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Archives of the American Soviet Jewry Movement at the American Jewish Historical Society, New York (2007-present).

Member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society (2008-present).

Organizer of the International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry (2003-2015), in cooperation with the Simon Dubnow Institute at Leipzig University and Boston University.

Academic consultant to the architect (Ralph Applebaum Associates) for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow (2008-2013).

Co-founder and chairman of the board of Bikurim: The Youth Village for the Performing Arts in Eshkol, Israel (2011-present).

Selected Publications

Farming the Red Land: Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Soviet Power, 1923-1941. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Mahane meshutaf? Kooperatsiia b'hityashvut ha-yehudit ha-haklait be-Rusya u-beolam, 1890-1941.

Jerusalem: Magnes Press & Yad Tebenkin Press, 2008.
Editor (with David Gaunt, Natan Meir, Israel Bartal), Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in

East European History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

Editor (with Eugene Avrutin and Robert Weinberg), Ritual Murder Accusations in Russia, Eastern Europe and Beyond: New Histories. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming in 2017.

“Jewish Agricultural Settlement in the Interwar Period: A Balance Sheet.” In: Revolution, Repression, and Revival: The Soviet Jewish Experience. Edited by Zvi Gitelman and Yaacov Ro’i, pp. 69-90. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.

“Defusing the Ethnic Bomb: Resolving Local Conflict through Philanthropy in the Interwar USSR.” In: Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History. Edited by J. Dekel-Chen et al. eds., pp. 186-203. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

“Activism as Engine: Jewish Internationalism, 1880s-1980s.” In: Religious Internationals in the Modern World: Globalization and Faith Communities since 1750, pp. 269-291. Edited by Abigail Green and Vincent Viaene. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

“Liberal Answers to the ‘Jewish Question’: Then and Now.” In: Church and Society in Modern Russia. Edited by Elise Wirtschafter and Manfred Hildermeier, pp. 133-156. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015

“Philanthropy, Diplomacy and Jewish Internationalism.” In: The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume VIII: The Modern Period, c. 1815 – c. 2000. Edited by Mitchell Hart and Tony Michels. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2017.

“Faith Meets Politics and Resources: Reassessing Modern Transnational Jewish Activism.” In: Purchasing Power: The Economics of Modern Jewish History. Edited by Rebecca Kobrin and Adam Teller, pp. 216-237. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

“Jewish Threads in the Fabric of International History.” In: International History in Theory and Practice. Edited by Barbara Haider-Wilson, William Godsey, Wolfgang Mueller. Vienna: Verlag der Osterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, forthcoming in 2017.

“Dueling Visions of Rebirth: Interwar Palestine versus Soviet Russia,” Journal of Jewish Identities 9, no. 2 (July 2016): 139-157.

“Rethinking Boundaries in the Jewish Diaspora from the FSU.” In: The New Jewish Diaspora: Russian- Speaking Immigrants in the United States, Israel and Germany. Edited by Zvi Gitelman. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (forthcoming in 2016).

“East European Jewish Migration: Inside and Outside,” East European Jewish Affairs 44, no. 3 (December 2014): 154-170.

“Crimea 2008: A Lesson about Uses and Misuses of History,” East European Jewish Affairs 39, no. 1 (April 2009): 101-105.

“An Unlikely Triangle: Philanthropists, Commissars, and American Statesmanship Meet in Soviet Crimea, 1922-37.” Diplomatic History 27, no. 3 (2003): 353-376.

“Reflections through a Soviet Window: Rural Governance and Colonization,” International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity, special issue, “Internal Colonization in the Age of Modern Territoriality,” 3, no. 2 (2015): 181-199.

“Farmers, Philanthropists, and Soviet Authority: Rural Crimea and Southern Ukraine, 1923-1941.”

Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 4, no. 4 (Fall 2003): 849-885.
“‘New’ Jews of the Agricultural Kind: A Case of Soviet Interwar Propaganda,” Russian Review 66

(July 2007): 424-50.

“JCA-ORT-JAS-JDC: One Big Agrarianizing Family,” Jewish History 21, no. 3-4 (December 2007): 263-78.