Nina Spiegel

Professor Nina SpiegelRabbi Joshua Stampfer Associate Professor of Israel Studies


(503) 725-3055 

Office: UCB 465F







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


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

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