Rebecca Golbert

  • Executive Director, Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
  • Tel: 510-643-0501
  • R239B Law Building (North Addition), Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
Rebecca Golbert

Rebecca Golbert has been the Executive Director of the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley since 2013.

Golbert received her doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Jonathan Webber, a leading anthropologist of modern Jewry. She also earned her B.A. in anthropology from Princeton University and a Master of Dispute Resolution degree from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Golbert’s scholarly work reflects overlapping interests in Jewish and Holocaust studies, anthropology and ethnography, and conflict resolution and mediation. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on Ukrainian Jewish community and identity and Holocaust memory and memorialization within post-Soviet Ukraine. Golbert has held fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and is the recipient of an award from the International Mediation Leadership Summit of the American Bar Association.

In her previous role as Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Director of the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine University, Golbert focused on student support and academic programming, developing courses for undergraduates; organizing art exhibitions, panels, and lecture series; and collaborating with other faculty and University institutions on campus-wide programming.

At the Helen Diller Institute, Golbert oversees the Institute’s extensive academic programming in Israel Studies and in Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity; manages its visiting faculty program and teaching curriculum; and supports its broader work engaging students and faculty and creating experiential learning opportunities.


B.A., Princeton University (1993)
D.Phil., Oxford University (2001)
M.D.R., Straus Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law (2007)