Prof. Michal Shapira

Department of History
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Prof. Michal Shapira
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Interests and Research

Professor Michal Shapira joined the History Department at Tel Aviv University in 2013. She previously taught at Barnard College, Columbia University as an ACLS-Mellon New Faculty Fellow and at Amherst College as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She received her B.A. from Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. in History and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.

Her research and publications deal with the legacies of World War Two and the history of psychology in Britain, Europe and beyond. She focuses on total war, gender, and the development of expert culture in the twentieth century.


Fellowships and Awards

She received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the Safra Center for Ethics, Rutgers, Princeton, Tel Aviv and Cornell Universities and others. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge and an Associate Scholar at Barnard College and at Columbia University.



Shapira is the author of the book The War Inside: Psychoanalysis, Total War and the Making of the Democratic Self in Postwar Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2013; paperback 2015)


  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Historical Society Whitfield Prize
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Gradiva Book Award, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
  • For reviews see, for example, American Historical Review and H-Net


Her new book is titled A Case of Female Homosexuality in Modern Vienna: Sigmund Freud and his Patient Margarethe Csonka (Routledge, 2023).


She is the recipient of the 2021 Prize for Best Article from the Society for the History of Psychology, American Psychological Association Journal History of Psychology.


Shapira published articles in leading journals such as Twentieth Century British History, Medical History, History of PsychologyGender & History, Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Theory& Criticism, Modern Intellectual History, Psychoanalysis & History and more.


For book reviews see Isis, Journal of Modern HistoryJournal of British StudiesTwentieth Century British HistoryJournal of Social History, H-Net, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and more.



She teaches courses on Modern Global History; Modern European History; Modern Britain; History of Medicine and of Science, History of Psychology; History and Theory of Psychoanalysis; History of Trauma; War and Society (the Second World War era); Jewish History; History of Childhood; Intellectual History; Queer History and Theory; Art History and the History of Photography; History of Gender and Sexuality.


Recent Courses

History of Psychoanalysis and Psychology

History of Sexuality, 1700-Present

To Hell and Back: The History of Europe in the 20th Century, 1890-1989

Global History of the Second World War

History of Gender in the West, 1789-Present

Expository Writing for History Students

History of Childhood in Britain and Europe

Europe in the Age of Total War, 1900-1950

Britain and British Imperialism Since 1815

History of Modern Europe

History of Medicine and Psychology in Britain and Europe


Other Media

Shapira has given talks on BBC Radio. She occasionally writes for Haaretz, see for example this article as well as this.


For the conference History and Psychoanalysis see the link


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