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The Faculty of Humanities
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 9190501

Department Head and Director of Literature Studies: Prof. Ruth Fine,

Director of Historical Studies: Dr. Claudia Kedar,

Director of Linguistic Studies: Prof. Aldina Quintana,

Department Advisor for BA Students: Mr. Itay Baruj,

Department Advisors for MA and PHD Students: Prof. Ruth Fine (Literature) and Dr. Claudia Kedar (History)


For administrative matters, please contact
Ms. Adva Cohen,
Tel. 02-5883616
Office hours: Sun., Mon., Wed., Thur., 10:00-13:00.
Room: 4502, Faculty of Humanities, Mount Scopus




Prof. Ruth Fine

Department Head and Director of Literature Studies
M.A./PhD advisor (Literature)
Room: 6606 (Humanities), Office hours: Wednesday 14.00-16.00

Research Interests: Spanish Golden Age Literature, The Literature of the Conversos after 1492, Semiotics and Literary Theory, The Work of Cervantes, The Presence of the Bible and of Jewish Elements in the Work of Cervantes, Contemporary Ibero-American literature, The Work of Jorge Luis Borges.

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Ruth Fine is Salomon and Victoria Cohen Professor in Iberian and Latin American Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where she acts as Head of the Department of Spanish and Latin-American Studies. Her fields of expertise are semiotics and literary theory, the Spanish Golden Age literature, and the literature of the Conversos. In these areas she has published numerous articles and books among them: Una lectura semiótico narratológica del Quijote (2006); Cervantes y las religiones (ed. with S. López Navia, Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2008); La Biblia en la literatura del Siglo de Oro (ed. with con I. Arellano, 2010); Lo converso: orden imaginario y realidad en la cultura española (siglos XIV-XVII) (ed. with M. Guillemont and Juan D. Vila, 2013); Reescrituras bíblicas cervantinas (2014).  She acts as the President of the Israeli Association of Hispanists, Vice-President of the AIH and of the International Association of Cervantistas, responsible for the Iberian Section of the Masterpieces Translation Program of the Ministry of Culture and member of the Board of the AISO (International Association of the Golden Age). In 2013 she was awarded the "Orden del Mérito Civil" by the King of Spain for her contribution to Spanish culture. In 2016 she was appointed Correspondent Member of the Royal Spanish Academy.


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Dr. Claudia Kedar

M.A. & PhD advisor (History)
Room: 6620 (Humanities), Office hours: By appointment (set via email)

Research Interests: The history of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and their relations with Latin America and the U.S.; U.S.-Latin American relations; the Washington Consensus; economic globalization; contemporary Argentina and Chile.

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PhD in History (2009, Tel-Aviv University). Claudia Kedar was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and Leonard Davis and Lady Davis postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University. Her book, "The International Monetary Fund and Latin America. The Argentine Puzzle in Context" (Temple University Press, 2013), received an honorable mention from the 2014 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award (LASA). She has published in leading journals like the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Journal of Latin American Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her new research project, "Nationalizations and privatizations in the making: the World Bank and Latin America, 1944-1995" is supported by an Individual Research Grant of the Israeli Science Foundation.

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