Prof. Miriam Eliav-Feldon
Curriculum Vitae


1966-1969 Hebrew University, Jerusalem, History & Philosophy, BA
1969-1973 Hebrew University, Jerusalem, History, MA Magna cum laude
1974-1977 Oxford University, England, History, D.Phil.

Professional Experience:


Hebrew University Teaching Assistant
1973-1974 Hebrew University Instructor
1978-1979 Stanford University Teaching & Research Fellow
1979-1984 Tel Aviv University Lecturer
1984-1989 Tel Aviv University Senior Lecturer
1986-1988 Sabbatical at Wolfson College, Oxford
1989-present Tel Aviv University Associate Professor
1996-2000 Tel Aviv University Chairperson of the History Department
2003- Editor, Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly
2005-Director, Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies



  1. Realistic Utopias: The Ideal Imaginary Societies of the Renaissance, Oxford University Press, 1982, 180pp.
  2. with Eli Barnavi, Le P?riple de Francesco Pucci: Utopie, h?r?sie et v?rit? religieuse dans la Renaissance tardive, Hachette, Paris, 1988, 280 pp.
  3. The "Discovery" of America and its Historical Significance, Israel Ministry of Defense Press, Tel Aviv, 1992, 112 pp. (in Hebrew)
  4. The Protestant Reformation, Israel Ministry of Defense Press, Tel Aviv, 1997, 111 pp. (in Hebrew)
  5. The Printing Revolution, Israel Ministry of Defense Press, Tel Aviv, 2000, 132
  6. pp. (in Hebrew)
  7. Who Were Those Guys? Impostors and Identification in Early Modern Europe
  8. (in preparation)
  9. Satan’s Renaissance: The Early Modern Witch Persecutions (in preparation, in Hebrew)
Major works edited:
  1. (English Edition Editor), A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People, Hutchinson, London, 1992 (General Editor: Eli Barnavi).
  2. (Editor), Following Columbus: America 1492-1992, Merkaz Shazar and The Historical Society of Israel, Jerusalem, 1996 (in Hebrew).
  3. (Editor, with Y. Hen) Women, Children and the Elderly: Essays in Honour of Shulamit Shahar, Merkaz Shazar, Jerusalem, 2001 (in Hebrew)
Major articles:
  1. "Realistic Utopias from More to Campanella", in Utopias and Communes (ed. A. Yassur), Haifa, 1981, pp. 17-26 (in Hebrew)
  2. "If You Will It, It Is No Fairy-Tale: The First Jewish Utopias", The Jewish Journal of Sociology, Vol. 35, Dec. 1983, pp. 85-103
  3. "The Ideal Ruler in the Renaissance", Zmanim, 11, 1983, pp. 41-48 (in Hebrew)
  4. "Moral Scruples in the Early Stages of Colonialism", Zmanim, 14, 1984, pp. 4-15 (in Hebrew)
  5. "Secret Societies, Utopias and Peace Plans: The Case of Francesco Pucci", The Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Fall 1984, pp. 139-158
  6. "Metamorphoses of the Scientist in Utopias: A Comment", in The Prism of Science, (ed. E. Ullmann-Margalit), Dordrecht, 1986, pp. 17-20
  7. "Universal Peace for the Benefit of Trade: The Vision of ?meric Cruc?", in Religion, Ideology and Nationalism in Europe and America: Essays Presented in Honor of Yehoshua Arieli, (eds., H. Ben Israel et al.), Jerusalem, 1986, pp. 29-44
  8. "The New World - Utopia or Arcadia?", in El Impacto del Encuentro de dos Mundos: Memorias, Mexico, 1987, pp.150-153
  9. "Grand Designs: The Peace Plans of the Late Renaissance", Vivarium, vol. 27, 1989, pp. 51-76
  10. "A Man for All Seasons and the Return of Martin Guerre: A Dangerous or a Useful Illusion?", Zmanim, 39-40, 1992, pp.62-71 (in Hebrew)
  11. "Columbus's First Letter" , Zmanim, 41, 1992, pp. 70-74 (in Hebrew)
  12. “Giovanni Pico Mirandola’s Humanism: A Historian’s Viewpoint”, in Fons Elders (ed.), Humanism Toward the Third Millennium, Brussels, 1996, pp. 27-32
  13. (with Eli Barnavi), “The Roots of Modern Toleration”, Zmanim, 57, 1996, pp. 59-65 (in Hebrew)
  14. “The New World – Utopia or Paradise Lost?”, in Following Columbus, Jerusalem, 1996, pp. 117-126 (in Hebrew).
  15. “Invented Identities: Credulity in the Age of Prophecy and Exploration”, Journal. of Early Modern History, Vol. 3, no. 3, August 1999, pp. 203-232.
  16. “Portugal, Prester John and the Lost Tribes of Israel”, in Vasco da Gama: Homens, Viagens e Culturas, Lisbon, 2001, pp. 301-316.
  17. “On Ruffs and High Heels: Renaissance Sumptuary Laws”, Historia, 11, February 2003, pp. 47-68 (in Hebrew).
  18. “Prince or Pauper? Impostors and Dupes in Early-Modern Europe”, Zmanim, 83, Summer 2003, pp. 14-27 (in Hebrew).
Current Membership in Committees and Organizations Major Research and Teaching Interests

Research: Renaissance utopias; early-modern peace plans and pacifism; the roots of toleration; The roots of racism; post-Reformation heresies and prophecies; early-modern travel literature; impostors and means of identification.

Teaching: The age of discovery; the Reformation; the impact of printing; early-modern intellectual history; Charles V and his world; daily life in the sixteenth century; the Atlantic slave trade; the history of utopian thought; the early-modern witch-craze.