Menashe, Tamar

Field: Middle Ages; Early Modern; Jewish; Advisor: Carlebach/Kosto; Year: 2014

Tamar M. Menashe works on cultural, legal, religious, and gender history. Her dissertation incorporates the histories of the Holy Roman Empire, The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Spanish Monarchy from the time of the Black Death to the Peace of Westphalia (1348-1648). Tamar holds a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the School of History Honors Program, History of the Jewish People, and German Studies (summa cum laude). She completed an MA in medieval and early modern Jewish history in the Hebrew University and the Master’s Program of the History of the Spanish Monarchy at the Complutense University of Madrid (summa cum laude). She has also studied at Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Vienna, and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt.


Committed to studying historical and contemporary matters pertaining to law and culture, Tamar held fellowships from the Cardozo Law School (2016-2017) and from the Human Rights Honors Program at the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law (2011-2012). During the 2017-18 academic year, she is a Leo Baeck fellow at the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and a scholar in residence at several German academic institutions.


Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Tamar interned and volunteered at Physicians for Human Rights, Israel. Her other scholarly interests include the history of the Mediterranean, human rights, feminist jurisprudence, and music as an agent of historical change. She enjoys DJing and is trained in classical Arab music. This year she plays the oud in Columbia’s Arab Music Ensemble.


Tamar M. Menashe has served as a teaching assistant for twelve courses on modern and premodern history and historical thinking at Columbia and the Hebrew University. Her teaching at Columbia has concentrated on classical and medieval history. She has worked for the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University, Germany. In Jerusalem, she worked at Scholion – Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies, the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, and the Division of Oral History at Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. She has also worked for the Department of History, Philosophy, and Jewish Studies at The Open University of Israel.

Tamar served as a radio content and musical editor for a public radio station, where she produced and directed multiple radio documentaries.

Tamar’s CV is available upon request: 

See also Wisława Szymborska’s Curriculum vitae-Pisanie życiorysu