Dr. Raanan Rein is the Elias Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Vice President of Tel Aviv University. He is also the Head of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies.
Rein is the author and editor of more than thirty books and well over a hundred articles in academic journals and book chapters, in several languages. He is a member of Argentina's National Academy of History, and former President of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA). The Argentine government awarded him the title of Commander in the Order of the Liberator San Martin for his contribution to Argentine culture. The Spanish King awarded him the title of Commander in the Order of the Civil Merit. In 2016 he won the Reimar Lüst Award (co-sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation). In March 2017, the City of Buenos Aires declared him as a Guest of Honor.
Research interests: Modern Latin America, populist movements, Argentine society and politics, Jews in the Spanish speaking world, ethnic minorities in Latin America, immigration and collective identities, 20th century Spain.
"Jewish Gaucho, wearing a Tallit, drinking Mate, the national drink of Argentina".
A staged photo taken in 1984 and suggesting a negotiation between Judaism as a religion, Judaism as a primordial Latin American ethnicity, and Jews as authentic Latin Americans