Tel Aviv University


Michal Kravel-Tovi is an associate professor of socio-cultural anthropology at Tel Aviv University. Her previous projects focused on messianism and failed prophecy among Chabad Hasidism and on state-run Jewish conversion in Israel. Her book, When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel, received a Clifford Geertz Prize Award from the American Anthropological Association as well as a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from AJS, both in 2018.

Kravel-Tovi is currently working on two projects: one is titled “Accounting of the Soul: The Social Life of an American-Jewish ‘Continuity Crisis’,” and the second is tentatively called “Speaking of the Unspeakable: Sexual Violence on the Haredi Agenda,” an ethnographic project concerned with an emerging “Haredi MeToo movement” among ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel. 



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