I am a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church College. My current research project focuses on the relationship between environmentalism and militarism in Israel starting from the 1960s until today. In 2018 I co-founded the online Oxford Environmental History Network (OEHN) which aims to connect researchers working on environmental history in the University. I have completed my doctoral degree in 2019 at the Centre for History of Science, Medicine and Technology in the University of Oxford. My DPhil dissertation addressed Jewish climate science in Palestine during the first half of the twentieth century. In the course of my doctoral studies I received several scholarships and fellowships, including the Pears Foundation Scholarship, the Leo Baeck scholarship, the graduate research fellowship at the Center for Jewish History in New York City and a research affiliation at the Taub Center for Israel Studies in NYU.
History of Knowledge
Modern Jewish History
My current research project analyses the ideological and practical relationship between environmentalism and militarism in Israel from the 1960s to the present day. My objective is to examine the formation of affiliations and influences between individuals and institutions within the military and the nature protection community. By doing so I wish to discuss—in the Israeli context—both the conceptual and applied links between nature and territory; scouting and military intelligence; weapons, hunting and masculinity.
My doctoral project is situated at the intersection of modern Jewish history and the history of Zionism, climate and environmental history, the history of knowledge, colonial history and transnational history. It focuses on Jewish experts who examined the ramifications of climate on the success of the Zionist project in Palestine from the establishment of the Zionist Organisation in 1897 to the founding of the State of Israel in 1948.
Through the prism of climate, I explore the processes of knowledge production that took place within Jewish and Zionist thought in the fields of medicine, science, and technology. By doing so, I also explore the political, social and cultural ideas and conventions that have constructed and informed professional and popular knowledge concerning climate. This knowledge developed partly in relation to existing Western scientific and colonial ideas and practices. However, Zionist knowledge on climate in Palestine also contained a variety of cultural perceptions which were unique to Jewish history and identity and reflected a long tradition of awe and wonder towards the Land of Israel. It is through the examination of this complex combination of ideas and practices that I proposed a new – spatial and environmental – perspective on the evolution of a modern Jewish national, racial and cultural identity.