Dr. Abigail Jacobson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2015 she is also the Chief Editor of the Journal of Levantine Studies published by the VLJI., and during 2016-2017 she also acted as the Academic Director of the Mediterranean Neighbours unit at the Institute.
She is a historian working on the social and urban history of late Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean. Her main research interest is the history of ethnically and nationally mixed spaces and communities, especially during times of war and conflict. Her first book is entitled From Empire to Empire: Jerusalem between Ottoman and British Rule (Syracuse University Press, 2011). Her second book, Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine (Brandeis/New England University Press, 2016), is co-authored with Dr. Moshe Naor.
Jacobson completed her PhD at the Department of History at the University of Chicago, was a junior research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University; a lecturer at the Department of History at MIT; a visiting lecturer at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University; and a lecturer at the International School at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC).