Elisheva Baumgarten

Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten

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Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten is the Yitzchak Becker Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the History Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She studies the social and religious history of the Jews of medieval northern Europe, (1000-1400). Her research focuses on the social history of the Jewish communities living in the urban centers of medieval Europe and especially on daily contacts between Jews and Christians. It seeks to include those who did not write the sources that have reached us, with a special interest in women and gender hierarchies. Prof. Baumgarten runs the Beyond the Elite research team, and her current work derives from this project. She also currently serves as the academic head of the Mandel Scholion Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities and Jewish Studies.