Dr. Eran Shalev

Professor and Chair of the Department of General History | University of Haifa, Israel

  • His scholarly interests are in exploring the ways in which history influences and interacts with the political imagination. His work is focused on the American revolutionary era, the Early Republic, and the antebellum United States (circa 1760-1860.
  • He has written three books including American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War (Yale University Press). The book uncovers the roles that the Old Testament played in Americans’ political imagination, discourse and self-understanding, including the idea of national chosenness.
  • Shalev observes that the Hebrew Bible, and particularly the role of biblical Israel, were central in the formation of an American national and political culture from the Revolution to the Civil War.