Academic CV and List of Publications

Gadi Taub, Ph.D. – Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications
Updated: December 1, 2006

1. Personal Data

Place of Birth: Jerusalem, Israel
Date of Birth: April 19, 1965
Work Phone #: xx-972-52-4681133
Fax #: xx-972-2-5880047

Tenure track faculty member at the Department of Communications and the School for Public Policy at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2. Higher Education

1989 – 1997:
Tel Aviv University, B.A. in History and General Humanities.

1996 – 1998:
Tel Aviv University, Graduate Studies in History.

1998 – 2003:
Fellowship at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Ph.D. program in American History. Doctoral Dissertation: Richard Rorty’s American Faith, under the supervision of Prof. Jackson Lears.

3. Appointments at the Hebrew University

10. 2003 – Appointed to the Department of Communication and School for Public Policy.

4. Work in other Academic Institutions

2003 – Present
Faculty member at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Freelance teaching at Hamaslul Haacademy – Hamichlala Le Minhal, one course per semester.

5. Other Activities

2006 – Present
Member of Young Global Leadership Forum (International, President: Queen Ranna of Jordan).

2006 – Present
Eshcolot Academic Library (Magnes Publications and Hebrew University), Member of Editorial Board.

2006 – Present
Member of The Committee for the Advancement of Reading, at Matach.

2006 – Present
Member of The Public Committee on Church and State in Israel at the Israel Democracy Institute.

6. Work Experience – Media

1986 – 1989
Writer and director of radio plays for the Kol Israel children’s department. Host of various children’s radio shows.

1989 – 1998
Script writer for the Israeli Television Children’s Department.

1992 – 1993
Reporter for Yedioth Ahronoth’s Tel Aviv Magazine.

1994 – 1996
Co-Editor, Rehov Literary Periodical, University Publishing Projects.

1989 – 1998
Host of various TV shows for children on the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Channel 1, including the daily live programs “Ping Pong” and “Zap”. Editor and host of “Mi Sofer”, a literary program for children (60 episodes broadcasted).

1993 – 1998
Host of weekly two-hour live talk show on Israel Defense Forces Radio.

1996 – Present
Contributing political and cultural commentator for Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Channel 1 late night news.

1997 – 2005
Co-Editor, Mikarov, Periodical of Culture and Society, Hakibutz Hameuchad.

2003 – Present
Op-Ed weekly columnist for the daily Maariv

List of Publications
Updated: 1.12.2006

Doctoral Dissertation

1. Richard Rorty’s American Faith, under the supervision of Prof. Jackson Lears. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Awarded Ph. D., October, 2003.

Books (Non-Fiction)

1. A Dispirited Rebellion – Essays on Contemporary Israeli Culture, (Tel Aviv, Hakibutz Hameuchad, 1997). (Hebrew. Reprinted 9 times.)

2. The Settlers and the Struggle over the Meaning of Zionism, (Tel Aviv, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2006). (Hebrew) (English edition forthcoming with Yale University Press.) 

Books Edited

1. The Enlightenment: the Thought of the Eighteenth-Century, (Jerusalem, Mossad Bialik). (Hebrew, forthcoming).

Chapters in Collections

1. “The Shift in Israeli Ideas Concerning the Individual and the Collective,” in Hazem Saghie (ed.), The Predicament of the Individual in the Middle East, (London: Saqi Books, 2001).

2. “Post-Zionism: The French-American-Israeli Connection,” in Tuvia Frilling (ed.), An Answer to a Post-Zionist Colleague, (Yedioth Ahronoth, 2003). (Hebrew, French).

3. “Literature without Evil? The Fairytale under Political Correctness,” in Miri Baruch (ed.), …And They are Still Living Happily, (Bnei-Brak: Sifriyat Poalim Hakibutz Hameuhad, 2006).


1. “The American Sixties In Israel,” Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 13, (Sde-Boker: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, 2003). (Hebrew)

2. Review of Tom Segev’s Elvis in Jerusalem: The Journal of Israeli History, vol. 24, no. 1 (March 2005).

3. “Can Nationalism and Democracy be Understood Apart? The Case of Zionism and its Critics,” The Journal of Israeli History.

4. “A Confusion of Tongues Between Psychoanalysis and Philosophy,” (The International Journal of Psychoanalysis (2009) 90:507-527)).

5. “Neither Objectivity nor Commitment: The Moral Horizon of Subjectivism and its Implications for Media and Culture Studies,” Critical Studies in Media Communication (pending).

6. “God’s Politics in Israel’s Supreme Court: The Retreat of Theology in Religious Settlers’ Politics,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (pending).

Articles in Progress

7. “Violence in Film: the Tarantino Debate,” (in progress).

8. “Was there an Argument against Objectivity? Methodology in the Social and Human Sciences,” (in progress).

9. “The Settlers’ Ideology: the Discourse of Redemption and the Discourse of Sovereignty,” (in progress, co-written with Dr. Michal Hamo).

10. “The Discourse of Human Rights in the Settlers’ Struggle against Disengagement,” (in progress).

11. “Feminism and Individualism,” (in progress).


1. 1997, November 13, Modernism and Postmodernism: on Gadi Taub’s Book “A Dispirited Rebellion”, (see above under “Books”) The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

2. 1996, March 12-13, Journey to the End of the Millennium, Mishkenot Sha’ananim and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Paper: The Concept of History in Contemporary Israeli Fiction.

3. 1996 November 3, Zionism – Current State and Future Trends, The World Zionist Organization, the Zionist Council in Israel.

4. 1996, November 12, Opening of the Academic Year, Ben-Gurion University, Department of Education, Paper: Is There a Distinct “Young” Cultural Sphere in Israel?

5. 1996, November 18, Reconciliation between the Religious and the Secular? Avichai Foundation, Paper: Within Zionism: The Religious Popular View of the Secular and the Secular Popular View of the Religious.

6. 1997, July 1-3, – Script – Literacy and Text Processing, Ben-Gurion University, Department of Education, Member of the Concluding Panel.

7. 1998, January 19, Zionism – An Ongoing Debate, Ben-Gurion University,Panelist.

8. 1998, May 5-7, Israel: From One Half-Century to the Next, University of Haifa, Paper: Relativism and Tolerance.

9. 1998, May 10-12, 50 Years of Israeli Literature, Tel Aviv University, the Rosenberg School for Jewish Studies.

10. 1998, November 16-17, Boston, USA, Language, Lineage and Locus In Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, Harvard University, Centre for Jewish Studies, Paper: From Thick to Thin: Literary Language and the Waning of Zionist Ideology.

11. 1999, January 23-25, 1999: Rethinking the Left, International Conference, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Tel-Aviv University, University of Haifa, member of the organizing committee. Paper: Postmodernism: A Right-Wing Moral Instinct.

12. 2002, April 19-20, Chicago, USA, Democracy and Popular Culture, University of Chicago. Paper: Popular Culture as Surrogate Ethos.

13. 2004, June 16-17, Discourse/s: Media, Message, Meaning, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Paper: Truth, Pragmatism, and the Linguistic Turn.

14. 2004, December 23, The Meeting of Generations: Shaping Holocaust Memory in the 21 Century, University of Haifa. Paper: Historiography: Between the Discovered and the Invented.

15. 2005, June 14-15, The End of Television?, Hebrew University and the University of Pennsylvania. Paper: The Present.

16. 2005, November 28-30, The Nation-State and Other Political Traditions of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv University. Paper: Nationalism in an Immigrant Society: Between Israel and the USA.

17. 2006, April 5-7, Naples, Italy, Israeli Literature Today, Ben Gurion University and The University of Naples “L’Orientale”. Paper: Nothing Beyond the Self.

18. 2006, June 18-20, From Conflict to Peace in the Public Sphere: Peace Education, Media and Discourse, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Paper: The Language of Redemption and the Language of Sovereignty: Transformations in the Discourse of Religious Settlers.