Department ofHistory

Asaf Levy

Asaf Levy

Department of History Graduate Student

205 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802


M.A., Tel Aviv University, 2023
B.A., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2019


I am a historian of the modern Middle East, focusing primarily on the history of Palestine/Israel in the 19th and 20th centuries. My research follows the social, cultural, economic and political histories of Arabs, Jews and Westerners in Palestine/Israel and seeks to uncover marginalized and untold histories that significantly shaped its societies and the relations between them. My recent work explored the social transformations in Ramallah between 1928-1967 through the prism of leisure, reflecting processes of modernization, Westernization, social stratification, immigration, urbanization and formation of national identities. In my upcoming projects I will explore these themes in other contexts, such as in Jewish-Palestinian relations, intra-Arab and Palestinian politics and foreign influence.


Professor Tamir Sorek