Brown University
Louis Apfelbaum and Hortense Braunstein Apfelbaum Fellowship  

Research Topic

Esther of Carpentras between the Centuries 


Katharina Galor is an art historian and archaeologist specializing in the visual and material culture of Israel-Palestine. She has excavated in France, Italy, and at various sites in Israel. She has taught at the Hebrew University, the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem, at Tufts University, at RISD in the US, and most recently at Humboldt University in Berlin. She is currently the Hirschfeld Senior Lecturer in Judaic Studies at Brown University. Her current research focusing on music in Avignon and the Comtat Venaissin at the time of papal rule (thirteenth through eighteenth centuries), with a focus on gender and sexuality, builds on her forthcoming book Jewish Women: Between Conformity and Agency (Routledge, 2024).

Selected publications

The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians, with Sa’ed Atshan (Duke University Press, 2020).  

The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From the Origins to the Ottomans, with H. Bloedhorn (Yale University Press, 2013).   



This year is devoted to the study of sound and music as a part of Jewish life, and we are delighted to announce the cohort of scholars who will join us for a year of research, conversation, and engagement with the Penn community and with the public.