Post-Doctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellows for the year 2017-2018:


Dr. Lin Chalozin-Dovrat

Dr. Lin Chalozin-Dovrat - Lin specializes in cognitive approaches to the study of scientific knowledge, and in the historical epistemology of linguistics & cognitive science. She earned her PhD from Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV) & Tel Aviv University (2015). Her PhD dissertation studied the relations between time and space in cognitive theories in linguistics. Lin’s current research examines the supremacy of space and spatial competence in the cognitive sciences, and hopes to elucidate the role played by concept of space in the redistribution of scientific disciplines since the 18th century. Lin also coordinates the research group “The Public Role of the Academia”, a joint project of the Minerva Humanities Center and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. The group aims to produce original research on the distinctive situation of the university in Israel today, and the interface between the production of knowledge and the social, political and economic conditions in which knowledge takes shape. Lin’s research interests include historical epistemology, the history of linguistics and the cognitive sciences, and the philosophy of language broadly conceived, including the various philosophical & scientific investigations about the nature of language and language use. To visit Lin's website please view this page.




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. Tal Arbel
Dr. Tal Arbel is a cultural historian of modern science and technology. In 2016, she completed a Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard University. Previously, she studied at Tel Aviv University, earning an MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. Her work focuses on the history of social and psychological measurement, the sociology of expertise, and the techno-scientific rationalization of everyday life. Her book manuscript, The American Soldier in Jerusalem: How Social Science Travels, asks how measuring the attitudes and preferences of ordinary people by means of sample surveys became a pervasive, nearly universal, way of knowing in both social science and public life in the second half of the 20th century. More specifically, set against the backdrop of postwar modernization politics, the book examines the importation of public opinion and market research into late 1940s Palestine and the deployment of these methods on a wide scale in Zionist nation building and social engineering during the first decades of Israeli statehood. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Cohn Institute (2017-2018), she is working on two new projects, both of which concern knowledge migration in the social sciences. The first analyzes Hebrew translations of WWII-era self-help guides for American soldiers as a way of tracing the global circulation of behavioral concepts and models and highlighting processes of vernacularization and hybridization. The second project — part of a larger project on the history of epistemic virtues in the social sciences — explores the controversy over value-neutrality that took place at the Hebrew University in the 1930s and 1940s. 



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. 

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