Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • PhD in Critical Cultural Studies, with a Film Studies Certificate (Defense Passed with Distinction, 2015) 
    University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Department of English/Film Studies Program
    Dissertation: “A Hidden Light: Judaism, Contemporary Israeli Film, and the Cinematic Experience”
  • Master of Arts (Exams Passed with Distinction, 2012)
    University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Department of English/Film Studies Program
  • Master of Arts (2007)
    New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Cinema Studies Department
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Magna Cum Laude, 2005)
    Tel Aviv University, Katz Faculty of the Arts, Film and Television Department

Edited Books

  • Casting a Giant Shadow: The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema, co-edited with Rachel S. Harris (Bloomington: Indiana University Press [forthcoming]).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Essays

  • “Israeli Cinema Studies: Mapping Out a Field,” co-authored with Yael Mazor, in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 38.1 (Spring 2020).
  • “’The King’s Daughter Is All Glorious Within’: Female Modesty in Judaic-Themed Israeli Cinema,” in Journal of Jewish Identities 9.1 (Spring 2016).
  • “‘Strange Times to be a Chicken’: The Meaning of a Metaphor,” in Short Film Studies 6.2 (Spring 2016).
  • “‘Lifting the Veil’: Judaic-Themed Israeli Cinema and Spiritual Aesthetics,” in Jewish Film & New Media: An International Journal 3.1 (Spring 2015).
  • “Judaic Cinecorporeality: Fleshing Out the Haredi Male Body in Avishai Sivan’s The Wanderer,” in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 33.1 (Fall 2014).
  • “‘A Remarkable Adventure’: Martin Luther and the 1950s Spiritual Marketplace,” in Cinema Journal 52.3 (Spring 2013).

Book Chapters

  • “Introduction: Israeli Cinema beyond the National,” co-authored with Rachel S. Harris, in Casting a Giant Shadow: The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema (Bloomington: Indiana University Press [forthcoming]).
  • “‘I Have a Great Passion for Americans’: The Juggler and the Question of National Cinema,” in Casting a Giant Shadow: The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema (Bloomington: Indiana University Press [forthcoming]).
  • “Teaching Trauma in (and Out of) Translation: Waltzing with Bashir in English,” co-authored with Alison Patterson, in Media and Translation: An Interdisciplinary Approach (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • “Negotiating Judaism in Contemporary Israeli Cinema: The Spiritual Style of My Father, My Lord,” in Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011).

Miscellaneous Publications

  • Book Review: “Studying Waltz with Bashir / Giulia Miller,” in Jewish Film & New Media: An International Journal 7.1 (forthcoming).
  • “Afterthoughts on Martin Luther (1953) and Christian American Cinema,” in Flow 17.12 (May 2013).
  • Book Review: “Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986 / Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke,” in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 32.4 (December 2012).
  • “Mishima” / “The Duellists,” official entries, American Film Institute Catalog, 2011.
  • “The Return of the Western,” in Cinematheque 151 (March-April 2008) (in Hebrew).
  • “Iwo Jima and the Unbearable Heaviness of Myths,” in Cinematheque 146 (May-June 2007) (in Hebrew).

Conference Papers

  • The 2020 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Toronto, Mar. 2020)
    Paper topic: “’Signs and Wonders’: Filmed Miracles in Recent Judaic-Themed Israeli Cinema”
  • The 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and History (Newcastle upon Tyne, July 2019)
    Paper topic: “’Too Much of a Western’: Blazing Sand (1960) and the Benefits of an Israeli Film Scholarship Without Films”
  • The 2018 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Toronto, Mar. 2018)
    Paper topic: “Transnationalism in the Time of High Nationalism: Cinema Culture in 1950s Israel”
  • The 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (Washington DC, Dec. 2017)
    Paper topic: “In-Between Worlds: Translating Ultra-Orthodoxy into a Secular Idiom in the Cinema of Rama Burshtein”
  • Movement as Immobility – A Conference on Film and Christianity (Lisbon, Nov. 2017)
    Paper topic: “Revisioning Christian Film Aesthetics in Martin Scorsese’s Silence
  • The 2017 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting (Utrecht, July 2017)
    Paper topic: “The Global Mystical: Transcending the ‘Israeli’ in Israeli Cinema”
  • The 2017 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Chicago, Mar. 2017)
    Panel topic (co-chair): “Israeli Cinema: Beyond the National”
    Paper topic: “Notes toward a Transnational History of Israeli Cinema”
  • The 2016 Film & History Conference (Milwaukee, Oct. 2016)
    Paper topic: “An Escape from Reality? Hasidic Tales in Israeli Film”
  • The 2016 Annual Conference of the Association for Israeli Studies (Yad Ben Tzvi, Israel, June 2016)
    Paper topic: “What is an Israeli Film? The Juggler (1953) and the Question of Canonicity”
  • Jewish in 3D: Jews and Judaism in Theater, Cinema and Television (The Zalman Shazar Center, Israel, June 2016)
    Paper topic: “Who is a Jew? The Challenge of Judaism to Contemporary Israeli Cinema Studies”
  • The 2016 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Atlanta, Mar. 2016)
    Panel topic (co-chair): “Rethinking Transcendental Style: New Approaches to Spirituality and Cinematic Form”
    Paper topic: “Absence, Presence, Hiddenness: Transcendental Style Reconsidered”
  • Film-Philosophy: Prospects, Directions and New Perspectives (Tel Aviv University, Jan. 2016)
    Paper topic: “‘A Place which Is Not-A-Place’: Revisiting a Model for Spiritual Film Aesthetics”
  • The 2014 Film & History Conference (Madison, Oct. 2014)
    Paper topic: “Judaic-Themed Israeli Cinema and the Function of Prayer”
  • The 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (Boston, Dec. 2013)
    Paper topic: “Teaching Trauma in (and Out of) Translation: Waltz[ing] with Bashir in English” (presented with Dr. Alison Patterson)
  • Secularity and its Discontents: Religious Themes in  Israeli Visual Culture (Cambridge University, May 2013)
    Paper topic: “‘Portals of Holiness’: Confronting Spiritual Film Aesthetics in Avishai Sivan’s The Wanderer
  • The 28th Annual Conference of the Association for Israeli Studies (Haifa University, Israel, June 2012)
    Paper topic: “‘Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman?’: Feminist Judaism in Contemporary Israeli Cinema”
  • The 2011 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference (New Orleans, Mar. 2011)
    Panel topic (co-chair): “Israeli Cinema and the Challenge of Judaism”
    Paper topic: “The Haredi Body in Motion: Avishai Sivan’s The Wanderer (2010)”
  • The 2010 Film & History Conference (Milwaukee, Nov. 2010)
    Paper topic: “Martin Luther and the Spiritual Marketplace in 1950s America”
  • The 2010 Popular Culture Association National Conference (St. Louis, Mar. 2010)
    Paper topic: “Small Town Upside Down: David Byrne’s True Stories (1986)”
  • The 2010 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Los Angeles, Mar 2010)
    Paper topic: “Negotiating Political Ambiguity in the Contemporary Israeli War Film: Joseph Cedar’s Beaufort (2007)”
  • The 25th Annual Conference of the Association for Israeli Studies (Sapir College, Israel, June 2009)
    Paper topic: “My Father, My Lord (2007) and the Spiritual Style”
  • The 2008 Film & History Conference (Chicago, Nov. 2008)
    Paper topic: “Essence of Decision: Human Voice and the War Screen in the American Nuclear War Film”
  • Film, Television, and the 1950s (Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH, May 2006)
    Paper topic: “The Caine Mutiny (1954) and the 1950s Crisis in American Masculinity”

Invited Lectures

Invited Filmmaking Workshops

  • Asian Academy of Film &Television (Delhi, 4/15)
  • Film and Television Institute of India (Pune, 3/15)
  • Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (Calcutta, 3/15)
  • Delta Kappa Alpha Film Fraternity, George Mason University (Fairfax VA, 4/14)

Fellowships, Honors, Residencies

  • Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship (2013/2014): School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Scholarship (2013/2014)
  • Schusterman Residency Program at American University (Spring 2014): Schusterman Family Foundation (CLSFF) and the Israel Institute.
  • TSOA/Cinema Studies M.A. Fellowship (2005, 2006): NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.
  • Memorial Scholarship (2004, 2005): Tel Aviv University, Arts Faculty.
  • Dean’s List (2004, 2005): Tel Aviv University, Arts Faculty.
  • Filmmaking Encouragement Scholarship (2003): America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Teaching/TA Experience

  • Visiting Lecturer, Minshar School of the Arts, Film Department (2017-)
    Class: Theory for Filmmakers
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Haifa, MA Program for Culture and Film Studies (2017-)
    Class: Film Culture Forum
  • Teaching Fellow, Tel Aviv University, Steve Tisch School of Film and Television (2012-)
    Class: World Film History (1945-2000), The Spiritual in Film Aesthetics, The Western.
  • Visiting Lecturer, The Open University of Israel, Department of Literature, Languages, and Arts (2012-)
    Classes: Understanding Film, Israeli Cinema at the Turn of the Millennium, Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation
  • Visiting Professor, American University, Center for Israel Studies (Spring 2014)
    Class: Israeli Identities through Film
  • Teaching Assistant, Sapir Academic College, School of Audio and Visual Arts (2013-2014)
    Class: Film Theories 2
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Department of English/Film Studies Program (2009-2011)
    Classes: Seminar in Composition, Seminar in Composition: Film, and Introduction to Film.
  • Teaching Assistant, Tel Aviv University, Film and TV Department (2004)
    Class: Advanced Film Directing.

Editorial Activities

  • Contributing Editor, Tisch Film Review (2007)

Conference Organization

University Service

Production Experience

  • Head of Guest Department, 12th International Tel Aviv Student Film Festival (2007-2008)
  • Production Intern, This is That Film Corp. (2007)
  • Script Development Intern, Greenestreet Films (2006)
  • VIP Coordinator, 10th International Tel Aviv Student Film Festival (2003-2004)

Programming

Film Work

Languages

  • English, Hebrew (fluent); Arabic, French (proficient knowledge).

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