Nina Spiegel

Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Associate Professor of Israel Studies


(503) 725-3055 

Office: UCB 465F


Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
B.A., Brown University

Courses Taught

  • JST 333U: Israeli Culture and Society
  • JST 335U: Sex, Love, and Gender in Israel
  • JST/HST 379U: History of Zionism
  • JST 388: History of Modern Israel
  • JST 435/435H: Jewish and Israeli Dance History
  • HST 409/509: Public History Seminar: Museums and Memory in Israel and the United States
  • HON 407: Seminar: The City in Israeli Society: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
  • D 362U: Contemporary Dance History

Research Interests

  • Social and cultural history of Israel
  • Public history and culture in Israel and the United States
  • Dance history
  • Arts and performance studies
  • Gender history

Representative Publications

  • Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine. (Wayne State University Press, June 2013). Finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature; Finalist for a 2013 National Jewish Book Award.
  • "Constructing the City of Tel Aviv: Urban Space, Physical Culture, and the Natural and Built Environment," Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice. (Routledge, 2012).
  • "Sporting a Nation: The Origins of Athleticism in Modern Israel," in Jews in the Gym: Judaism , Sports, and Athletics, edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon. (Purdue University Press, 2012).
  • "New Israeli Rituals: Inventing a Folk Dance Tradition," Jewish Cultural Studies, vol. 3, edited by Simon J. Bronner. (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2011).
  • "Cultural Production in Tel Aviv: Yardena Cohen and the National Dance Competition of 1937" in Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance, edited by Judith Brin Ingber. (Wayne State University Press, 2011).
  • "American Jewish Dance," The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, edited by Judith Baskin. (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Representative Public History Experience

  • Former Curator, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia
  • Visiting Professional Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution