Post-Doctoral Fellows



Dr. Iill Baum earned her Ph.D. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2018), which included two years as a visiting scholar at the University of Barcelona. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan and a teaching fellow at the Salti Institute for Ladino Studies at the Bar-Ilan University. Her research focuses on the interplay of language and identity among the Jews of Spain before and after their expulsion, and on knowledge exchanges between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Based on multilingual manuscripts in Hebrew script from the late medieval Crown of Aragon, her current project examines the role of Jewish physicians as translators, mediators, and transformers of contrasted models of philosophy and science: that of Judeo-Arabic Hispanic traditions, and that of Latin scholastics and vernacular science.

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Dr. Shira Shmuely holds a Ph.D. in History, Anthropology, and STS from MIT, and a BA and an LLM in law from Tel Aviv University. She was a fellow at the Safra Center for Bioethics at Tel Aviv University and a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her research interests are science studies and law, environmental history and animal studies. Her current project is about the place of great apes in legal history and the history of science.  She is also working on revisions to her book manuscript about the history of the regulation of animal experimentation and the question of animal pain. Shira is a recipient of the Dan David Prize for young scholars in bioethics.  




Dr. Noah Stemeroff – Noah is an Azrieli Postdoctoral Fellow and Dan David Scholar at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. He holds a PhD in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Toronto and a MA in theoretical physics from the University of Victoria. His research interests are in the history and philosophy of physics with a focus on the conceptual development of General Relativity. In addition, Noah has written on the history of philosophy, the philosophy of mathematics, and neo-Kantian philosophy of science. His current research explores the historical and conceptual development of differential geometry and its application in dynamical spacetime theories. 

Dr. Yafeng Shan
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