Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ellie and Hebert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship

Research Topic

Imagined Jews: European Christians' and Jews' Dialogical Creation of the Wandering Jew Tradition


Galit Hasan-Rokem was born in Helsinki, Finland, and immigrated to Israel in 1957. She is the Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she teaches in the Department of Hebrew Literature and the Jewish and Comparative Folklore Program. From 2001 to 2004 she served as head of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, and from 1998 to 2005 as president of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research.  Her scholarly works include Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature and Tales of the Neighborhood: Jewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity. She was co-editor, with Shirley Kaufman and Tamar Hess, of the anthology The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present. She has also published several volumes of poetry. Her current research projects include: “Experience as an Interpretative Category of Rabbinic Literature and Ethnography” and continuing work on the motif of “The Wandering Jew,” which she will pursue during her time at the Katz Center.



Exploring aspects of internal life that lie beyond reason—emotions and feelings, the unconscious, sensation, imagination, impulse, intuition, and the nonrational dimensions of reason itself.


Applying an interdisciplinary approach to the richness and diversity of travel writing.


Challenging the methodological divide between history and anthropology in the study of Jews and Judaism.