Dr. Anita Shapira

Professor Emerita, Tel Aviv University; Founder, Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies, Tel Aviv University

Anita Shapira is Professor Emerita in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University as well as the Founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies. She specializes in the history of Zionism, the Jewish community in Palestine and the state of Israel, with an emphasis on cultural, social and intellectual history. She has published numerous books and articles, among them Berl Katznelson, A Biography of a Socialist Zionist (1984), Land and Power, The Zionist Resort to Force, 1881-1948 (1992), Yigal Allon, Native Son (2008), and Israel – A History (2013). Her newest books include, Ben Gurion: The Founder of Modern Israel (2014) and Yosef Hiam Brenner: A Life (2014). Professor Shapira has received numerous academic and professional awards and fellowships from Israeli and foreign universities, including Yale, Brandeis, City University of New York, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, the Oxford Center for Jewish Studies, Columbia University, and others. She is the 2008 Israel Prize for Jewish History laureate. Recently, she won the National Jewish Book Award for her book “Israel: A History,” the Washington Institute for the Middle East Studies Silver Award for her biography of David Ben Gurion, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Israel Studies from the Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute. She received her B.A. and M.A., cum laude, and Ph.D., summa cum laude, in History and Jewish History from Tel Aviv University.