Orcid: 0000-0003-2828-3877​

Nahum Karlinsky's scholarship engages in diverse fields of inquiry, among them the study of the social, cultural, urban and economic history of modern Israel/Palestine; modern Jewish Philanthropy; Hasidism; Jewish Fundamentalism; and modern Jewish historiography.

Karlinsky, currently a Senior Lecturer at the Institute, has taught numerous courses on Israeli identity; the social, cultural and urban history of Israel/Palestine; Post-Zionism, Neo-Zionism and Jewish Fundamentalism. In 2006-2007 he was head of the Israel Studies Program at Ben-Gurion University.

He was on sabbatical at Harvard University's Center for Jewish Studies in 2004-2005 and again in 2015.  In 2008-2009 he was Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the University of Pennsylvania.  Karlinsky also taught at Hebrew College, Massachusetts, and at Boston University's Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies. Since 2008 Karlinsky has been affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and MISTI-Israel as a Visiting Associate Professor at MIT's Political Science Department, where he has been teaching a course on Israel, its politics, society, culture and identity.

Selected Publications


Karlinsky, N., California Dreaming: Ideology, Society and Technology in the Citrus Industry of Palestine, 1890-1939, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY, 2005, 304 pp. []

Karlinsky, N. and A. Bareli, (eds.), Economy and Society in Mandatory Palestine, 1918-1948, Iyunim Bitkumat Israel - Thematic Series, vol. 2, Sede Boker Campus: The Ben-Gurion Research Center, in Cooperation with the Cherrick Center, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and with the Monaster Center for Economic Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 2003, 628, xvi, pp. [in Hebrew]. 

Karlinsky, N., Citrus Blossoms: Jewish Entrepreneurship in Palestine, 1890-1939, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2000, 315 pp. [in Hebrew].               

Karlinsky, N., Counter History: The Hasidic Epistles from Eretz-Israel  - Text and Context, Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Press, 1998, 232 pp. [in Hebrew]. Photograph3.jpgBook Cover


Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky, “The Lost Orchard: The Palestinian-Arab Citrus Industry up to the Nakba", Zemanim, 129 (Winter 2015),  94-109 (Hebrew)

Karlinsky, N., “Double Decolonization and the Loss of Hegemony", LA Review of Books (

Karlinsky, N., "Jaffa and Tel Aviv before 1948 – The Underground Story", in: Maoz Azaryahu and S. Ilan Troen (eds.), Tel-Aviv at 100: Myths, Memories and Realities (Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2012), 138-164

Karlinsky, N., "Jewish Philanthropy and Jewish Credit Cooperatives in Eastern Europe and Palestine up to 1939: A Transnational Phenomenon?", Journal of Israeli History, Vol. 27(2) (2008), 149-170

Karlinsky, N., 'Beyond Post-Zionism: A Review Essay', Israel Studies, 9 (3) (2004), 169-181

Karlinsky, N., 'The Dawn of Hasidic-Haredi Historiography,' Modern Judaism, Vol. 27 (1) (2007), 20-46

Karlinsky, N., 'The Hasidic Immigrant Community of Safed, 1840-1880: Demographic Aspects and Social Crystallization', Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, vol. 15 (1999), pp.151-196, [in Hebrew]

Research Fields

The Field of Israel Studies and Israeli Identity's Crises 

Social and Economic History of Modern Palestine/Israel 

Urban History of Modern Palestine/Israel 

Israeli Identity 

Jewish Fundamentalism 

Jewish Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic Historiography 

Hasidism and History of Hasidism