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David Ohana completd his Ph.D at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1989. That same year he received a Fulbright Fellowship and spent his post doctorate studies at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

From 1990-2000 he was a senior fellow at the Jerusalem Van-Leer Institute, where he founded the and directed the Forum for Mediterranean Cultures.

Since 2000 he has been a fellow at the Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism and teaches at Ben-Gurion  University of the Negev. In 2005, Prof.Ohana founded the "Inter-disciplinary Seminar for Post-doctorates from all Israeli Universities", and server as its academic director.

Recent Publications


Neither Canaanites Nor Crusaders - The Origins
of the Israeli Mythology, Tel-Aviv, 2006 (Hebrew).

Israël et le monde méditerranéen, Paris, 2006.

The Rage of the Intellectuals: Political Radicalism and Social Criticism in Europe and Israel, Tel-Aviv, 2005. [in Hebrew].

Messianism and Mamlachtiut - Ben-Gurion and the Intellectuals - Between Political Vision and Political Theology, Sede-Boker, 2003. [in Hebrew].

The Promethean Passion: The Intellectual Origins of the Twentieth Century from Rousseau to Foucault, Jerusalem, 2000, [in Hebrew].

A Humanist in the Sun: Camus and the Mediterranean Inspiration, Jerusalem, 2000 (Hebrew).

The Last Israelis, Tel-Aviv, 1998 (Hebrew).

The Order of the Nihilists: The Birth of a Political Culture in Europe 1870-1930, Jerusalem, 1993 (Hebrew).

(editor) Between Two Worlds by Jacqueline Kahanoff, Jerusalem 2005 (Hebrew).

(editor) History and Metahistory by Yehoshua Arieli, Jerusalem 2003 (Hebrew).

(editor)  Lire Albert Memmi: Déracinement, Exile, Identité, Paris 2002

(editor) The Riddle of the Present and the Cunning of History, by J.L Talmon, Jerusalem, 2000 (Hebrew).

(editor) Albert Camus: Parcours Méditerranéens, Jerusalem 1998

(editor) The Shaping of Israeli Identity, London, 1995.



La Politique méditerranée d'Israël", ed. Paul Balta et al., La méditerranée de Juifs, L'Harmattan, Paris 2003, pp.

"Fascism as a Political Community of Experience: Following Walter Benjamin's Political Phenomenology", Democtraic Culture, vol. 9, pp.   (in Hebrew)

"Mediterranean Humanism", Medietrranean Historical Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, 17 pp.


Research Interests

Intellectual and Cultural History of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries

History of Political Philosophy

Comparative National Myths

Mediterranean Studies; Israeli Identity