Prof Blatman main topics of research are East European Jews in the 20th century; Jewish labor movement in Eastern Europe; Polish Jews during the Holocaust its aftermath; Nazi concentration camps; Historiography of the Holocaust and genocide.
Fields of research: Iberian Jewry after the Expulsions, the Conversos and their Diaspora, the Western Sephardi Communities, the Intellectual Ferment in Early Modern Western Europe, the Western Sephardi and the Early Enlightenment
Academic Functions: Chairman of the Historical Society of Israel, 1992-2000; Director of the School of History at the Hebrew University, 2001-2004; Chairman of the World Union of Jewish Studies, 2009-2013; since 2013 Chairman of the Humanities Division of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Prizes and Awards: Ben Zvi Prize (2003) and Israel Prize (2013). In 2012 he was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).
Since 2004 he is a member of the Israel Academy for Sciences and Humanities.
Israel Yuval is an historian of the jews in the middle ages
He is holding the Teddy Kollek Chair for Cultural Studies of Vienna and Jerusalem at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is teaching at the Department of Jewish History. In 2002 he founded Scholion - Research Center for Jewish Studies and was its head from 2002 till 2010. From 1998-2008 he was the head of Germania Judaica IV (together with Prof. Michael Toch, Jerusalem and Prof. Stefan Rohrbacher, Duisburg). In 2011-12 he was a co-editor of Tarbiz – A Quarterly in Jewish Studies. His book Scholars in Their Time: The Religious Leadership of German Jewry in the Late Middle Ages, 1988 won the Zalman Shazar Prize in Jewish history. His book “Two Nations in Your Womb”. Perceptions of Jews and Christians, Hebrew: Magnes Press 2000, won the Bialik Prize in Jewish studies and literature, 2002. An English translation was published in 2006 by the University of California Press, a German translation by Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht 2007 and a French translation by Albin Michel 2012. The book was the winner of "Le prix des amis de P.A. Bernheim" awarded by the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 2013.
In 2016 he was the recipient of Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.