Prof. Iris Rachamimov teaches modern history of Central and Eastern Europe at the Department of History with a special emphasis on the Habsburg Monarchy, World War I, LGBT History and Gender. She received her Ph.D. in 2000 from Columbia University, where she studied under the guidance of István Deák. Her book POWs and the Great War: Captivity on the Eastern Front (2002) was awarded the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History for a first major work. Her article "The Disruptive Comforts of Drag" was published in the April 2006 issue of the American Historical Review, and has written the chapter of military captivity in the latest edition of the Cambridge History of War, (2012). Her work appeared so far in six languages. She is currently working on two book-length projects: a study of mass internment during the First World War, and a book entitled Islands of Men: Shifting Gender Boundaries in World War I Internment Camps.
She has been the Director of the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies since 2009 and Editor of the Hebrew-language historical Journal Zmanim since 2014. During the year 2008-2009 she was a fellow of the Stanford Humanities Center .