Prof. Avner Ben-Zaken

Prof. Avner Ben-Zaken

Chair of the Honors Program and Chair of the multi-disciplinary program in the humanities and social sciences

CURRICULUM VITAE    Academia        

  • Professional Experience:
    Avner Ben-Zaken is a historian of science and an Israeli public intellectual, focusing on the ways science crosses cultural boundaries. He went to college at Hebrew University, and completed cum laude the doctoral program in history of science at UCLA. In 2003, he won the History of Science Society (HSS)’s Reingold Prize for the best graduate article. In 2004, he was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows, where he served as a fellow until 2008. He is the chair of The Honors Program in Ono College, and more recently he led the forming of an innovative program in multi-disciplinary studies in the humanities and social sciences. Ben-Zaken has authored three books and published numerous articles.
  • Education:

B.A. – M.A. 1991-1996 Hebrew University, Jerusalem – Middle Eastern History & Interdisciplinary program in the Humanities

PhD 1998-2004 University of California, Los Angeles – History of Science

Fellow 2004-2008  Harvard Society of Fellows

  • Subjects Taught:

Great Book in World Civilizations

Early Modern History and Philosophy of Science

Visualization of Science

Philosophy of Law

Science and Law

  • Research Interests:

History of Science

Early Modern History

Network-Actor theories


Sephardic Studies

Christian and Islamic Relations

Law and political theory in Israel

  • Publications:
  • Reading Hayy Ibn-Yaqzan: Cross-Cultural History of Autodidacticism(Johns Hopkins University Press: 2011).
  • Cross-Cultural Scientific Exchanges in the Eastern Mediterranean 1560-1660(Johns Hopkins University Press: 2010).
  • Communism as Cultural Imperialism (Tel-Aviv: Resling, 2006)
  • “From Naples to Goa and Back: A Secretive Galilean Messenger and A Radical Neapolitan Hermeneutist” History of Science, xlvii (2009).
  • “The Revolving Planets and the Revolving Clocks: Circulating Mechanical Objects in the Mediterranean”, History of Science, xlix (2011).
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