Barbara Mann

Barbara Mann is associate professor of Jewish Literature and serves as the Simon H. Fabian Chair in Hebrew Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Her areas of expertise include Israeli and Jewish literature, cultural studies, modern poetry, urban studies, literary modernism, and the fine arts.

Dr. Mann is the author of Space and Place in Jewish Studies (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space (Stanford University Press, 2005) in addition to numerous scholarly articles. She is co-editor-in-chief of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.

Dr. Mann has lectured and presented scholarly papers at seminars and conferences in the United States, Israel, and Europe. From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the faculty at Princeton University, where she also served as a faculty fellow in Princeton's Center for the Study of Religion. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship in 1999, in addition to numerous other honors. From 2007–2008, Dr. Mann was a scholar in residence at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2011, she was a Lady Davis Visiting Fellow in the Humanities at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Dr. Mann received her bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies and English Literature from Boston University in 1984. She earned her master's degree in English Literature from New York University in 1986. In 1997, she received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Published Works


Space and Place in Jewish Studies

A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space


"Framing the Native: Esther Raab's Visual Poetics," Israel Studies 1999

"Modernism and the Zionist Uncanny: Reading the Old Cemetery in Tel Aviv," Representations 2000

"Tel Aviv's Rothschild: When a Boulevard Becomes a Monument," Jewish Social Studies 2001

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