Dr. Arieh Saposnik

Associate Professor, Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Arieh Saposnik is an Associate Professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism. He was the founding director of the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also served as Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.
Professor Saposnik is a historian of Zionism and Jewish nationalism, interested, in the broader context, in the construction of national cultures and identities in the modern world. In his current research, Professor Saposnik is working on imagery and symbolism of the sacred in the making of Jewish nationalism, and in Zionism and Israeli culture in particular. He is also studying competing notions of the link between Jews and territory in the modern world.