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



“’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  

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

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