Menashe, Tamar

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

Tamar M. Menashe works on late medieval and early modern European legal, cultural, and religious history and Christian-Jewish relations, especially in the German lands. 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). Prior to entering Columbia, Tamar continued her graduate studies 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. 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.

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Tamar interned and volunteered at Physicians for Human Rights, Israel. Her other scholarly interests include legal theory, the history of the Mediterranean, human rights, and music as an agent of historical change.


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.

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