Visiting Scholars

Below is our current group of Visiting Scholars:


2018-2019 Visiting Scholars

Eva Gurevich 
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandies University

Eva is a doctoral candidate at the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, and a Graduate Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Working at the intersection of cultural history and political theology, her dissertation is examining a group of hegemonic Israeli literary and public figures who converted from ‘left’ to ‘right’ wing in the aftermath of the 1967 war, paving the way for the settlement movement as we know it today. Her research interests include Jewish political thought, religious and secular messianism, gender and nationalism, radicalism and fundamentalism, place studies, as well as Israeli and Palestinian visual arts and literature. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and before starting Brandeis, she had worked at the Magnes Collection at UC Berkeley.

Jonatan Benarroch 
Department of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University

Dr. Jonatan Benarroch received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focusing on myth and mythopoeia in the book of Zohar. He has been a Fulbright Research Fellow at Princeton University; a Postdoctoral Visiting Researcher at the Harvard Law School and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University; and most recently a Post-Doctoral Lady Davis Fellow in the Department of Jewish History, at the Hebrew University. Dr. Benarroch is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, at the UC Berkeley School of Law. His book “God, the Son and the Messiah in Zoharic Narratives” will soon be published in Hebrew University Magnes Press. His current research focuses on the Kabbalistic Shaping of Jewish Law and its Christian affinities.

Ruth Zafran 
Radzyner Law School, IDC, Herzliya

Ruth Zafran is an Associate Professor at IDC, Herzliya, Radzyner Law School.  Her research focuses on family law, especially the status of children in the family and the legal ramifications of Assisted Reproductive Technology. Some of her recent chapters in refereed books and articles in refereed journals include: ‘Children Are a Blessing’-Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Parenthood by Same-Sex Couples and The Equal Right To Be A Parent? – Resort to Surrogacy in Israel.

Smadar Ben-Natan
Tel Aviv University

Smadar Ben-Natan is a PhD candidate at the Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law. Her research interests include human rights, international and transnational law, criminal justice (fair trial rights, juvenile justice), military courts and tribunals, torture, feminism, immigration and asylum, the legal profession and role of lawyers. Her current research is titled Models of Criminal Enemy Adjudication: Armed Conflict, Martial Law and Criminal Law.