Hanan Harif is a lecturer at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has also been a Warburg Fellow at the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies and the Rachel Yana’it Ben-Zvi Fellow at the Yad Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem. He studies the wide range of attitudes held by Jewish intellectuals, scholars, and writers toward the Orient during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as the role and impact of the tendency toward the “East” in Jewish nationalism and modern Jewish identity. As a Katz Center fellow during the fall, Dr. Harif will focus his research on Shelomo Dov Goitein.
M.A. in Modern Jewish history at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007). Topic of thesis: Herder's Legacy in Prague: Poetics, Nationalism and Humanism in Prague's «Jewish Renaissance».
Since 2008 working on various aspects of the modern Jewish discourse towards Islam and Arab culture in central and western Europe as well as in Palestine, between the end of the 19th century and the middle of the 20th.
2008–10: Fellow of the Honors Program of the Hebrew University, and a research fellow in the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center.
2008–09: Fellow of the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German Jewish history and culture.