Hamdani, Yoav

Field: United States; Advisor: Jacoby; Year: 2015

Yoav Hamdani is a PhD student in US history focusing on borderlands, violence, and social and military history. His principal area of interest is the experiences of US soldiers within the context of continental expansion and its embedded violence. More specifically, Yoav explores extreme acts of military violence against native populations through the perspectives of their actual perpetrators – the common soldiers and low-ranking officers of the US Army. By examining the lived experiences of violence, Yoav wishes to contribute to our understanding of atrocities in history, while acknowledging a complex reality that cannot be explained solely by the motive of extermination.

Yoav’s current project explores the Second Seminole War (1835-1842) and the intersections between territorial expansion, Native-American removal, slavery, resistance, and military violence.

Originally from Ashdod, Israel, Yoav received his B.A from Tel Aviv University.