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Nadav G. Molchadsky

PhD Candidate in Modern Jewish History; M.A. Jewish History, UCLA, 2010; Graduate Studies, Jewish History, Tel-Aviv University, Israel 2003-2006; B.A, Jewish History (Magna Cum Laude) and Political Science, Tel-Aviv University, 2002.

Fax: 310-206-7833
E-mail: nadavm@ucla.edu

Field

Modern Jewish History, History of Zionism and the State of Israel, History of Jewish and Zionist Historiography.

Research Interests

I find particular interest in public history and the affinity between history, law and politics. My dissertation focuses on processes of memory formation and social applications of the historical discipline. To that end I explore the work of Israeli commissions of inquiry, and the affinity between their work, Israeli collective memory and historiography. The topic opens a vista into a variety of ways in which a democratic society such as the one that exists in Israel has politicized and negotiated its past. Also, the study seeks to illuminate the methodological approaches and conceptual underpinnings that animate the work of professional and non-professional historians.

Publications

"The Concept: The Agranat Commission Report and the Making of Israeli Memory of the Yom Kippur War," Iyunim Bitkumat Israel (23) 2013, pp. 34-64 (in Hebrew).

Israel - 60 Years and Travels (in Hebrew), Mapa: Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2008 (Co-author and Historical Editor)

Grants and Awards

2012 - The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies Board Fellowship for the 2012-13 Academic Year.

2008 - 2010 - Monkarsh Fellowship, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies.

2003 - 2006 - Excellence Scholarship: The School of Jewish Studies and Jewish History Department, Tel Aviv University.

2003 - Bosch Foundation and Ignatz Bubis Memorial Fund, Tel Aviv University.

2002 - Graduation with Distinction, Tel Aviv University, Jewish History Department.

2002 - Dean's List in Faculty of Humanities and of Social Sciences.

2001 - Professional Enhancement Grant, The German Academic Exchange
Program (DAAD).

Advisors

Prof. David N. Myers (Chair)
Prof. Lynn Hunt
Prof. Arieh B. Saposnik (Co-Chair)
Prof. Sarah A. Stein

Conference Presentations

2013 - “The Concept: The Agranat Commission Report and the Making of Israeli Memory of the Yom Kippur War.” The 29th International Conference of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS), University of California, Los Angeles and the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) 45th Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.

2012 - “History in the Public Courtroom: State Commissions of Inquiry and Battles over the Israeli Past. The Case Study of the Bekhor Commission into the Assassination of Chaim Arlosoroff.” The Biennial American Academy for Jewish Research Seminar (AAJR), New York University (NYU) and the 28th International Conference of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS), University of Haifa, Israel.


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