Institut für Judaistik


I am a social and cultural historian with a keen interest in food, consumption, and the environment. I completed my PhD in International History at The Graduate Institute, Geneva in 2021. My PhD thesis Meat in the Heat: A History of Tel Aviv under the British Mandate for Palestine (1920s–1940s) was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Doc.CH grant.

 At the Institute of Jewish Studies, I serve as a postdoc for the project “Jewish Studies, Ecology, and Sustainability”. Here, I study the ecologies and economies of livestock and meat in Palestine and the region from the Mandate period into Israel’s first years. I teach courses on Jewish environmental encounters with the land of Palestine, focusing on topics such as agriculture, animals, climate, food, hygiene, and the body.

 My areas of competence are global food studies, environmental history (with a focus on agriculture and animals), Palestine/Israel, modern Jewish history, urban history, imperialism, colonialism, and settler-colonialism

Aktuell Postdoc, Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Bern
2017 - 2021 PhD, International History, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
2014 - 2017 MA, International History, The Graduate Institute Geneva
2013 - 2014 MA, Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University
2009 - 2013 BA, double major: History and Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University


2022  "Camel Controversies and Pork Politics in British Mandate Palestine", Global Food History, DOI: 10.1080/20549547.2022.2106074

2021  “’The Child Needs Milk and Milk Needs a Market’: The Politics of Nutrition in the Interwar Yishuv”, Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies (University of California Press)             

Academic blogs  

2021 "Settler Histories and Sustainable Meats", History Workshop Online,

2020  “Is Settler Colonial History Urban History?”, Global Urban History Blog,         

“On Zionism and Vegetarianism” [Hebrew], The Social History Workshop, Ha’aretz,