Louise Bethlehem

Prof. Louise Bethlehem

English and Culture Studies Departments


Professor Louise Bethlehem is an Associate Fellow of the Africa Unit of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, and has maintained strong intellectual links with the Africa Unit for over a decade. She has co-organized multiple conferences on behalf of the Institute (“Is Reconciliation Possible: Post-Apartheid South Africa and Beyond" 2001; "Violence and Non-Violence: Africa and Comparative Perspectives" 2003; “Africa in the Era of Globalization" 2004; ““African Diasporas: Flows across Time and Space,” 2006; “African Cities: The Significance of the Urban Context Past and Present,” 2007) and has held various research fellowships at the Institute for individual and group projects since 2002.



Louise Bethlehem is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in the Program in Cultural Studies which she has formerly chaired. She graduated with a B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1984, as the top graduate in the Faculty of Arts. She then proceeded to obtain her M.A. (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. (with distinction) from The Program in Comparative Literature and Poetics at Tel Aviv University. She held a Lady Davis Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1998-1999), and is currently an associate fellow of the Africa Unit of The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace there. In December 2013, Louise Bethlehem was awarded a prestigious European Research Council Consolidators Grant for a five-year project entitled “Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990.”

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*Profile picture of Louise Bethlehem by Refael Ben Moshe. Used with permission.