Prof. Fania Oz-Salzberger, Emeritus

Legal history, Social and political theory, Liberalism, Jewish Elements in Modern Political Thought, Current Israeli-European Dialogue

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Fania Oz-Salzberger is Professor of History at the Faculty of Law, where she he heads the Posen Research Forum for Political Thought, and at the Haifa Center for German and European Studies.

Since 2016 she is Director of Paideia, The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.

Her research has touched on aspects of European history of ideas, Enlightenment studies, history of political thought, Jewish origins of European thought, and Israeli-European relations.

Among her books: Translating the Enlightenment (Oxford 1995), Israelis in Berlin (Frankfurt am Main 2001 and Jerusalem 2001), and, with Amos Oz, Jews and Words (Yale 2012).

She previously held the Chair of Israel Studies at Monash University (2007-2012) and the Laurance E. Rockefeller Professorship for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University (2009-2010).


  • BA (magna cum laude) in Philosophy and History, Tel Aviv University 1985
  • MA (summa cum laude) in Modern History, Tel Aviv University 1986
  • D.Phil, University of Oxford, 1991

Fields of Intrests

  • History of Ideas
  • History of Political Thought
  • The Enlightenment
  • Liberalism - Historical and Current Perspectives
  • Jewish Elements in Modern Political Thought
  • Current Israeli-European Dialogue

Academic Experience

  • Member of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) public council.
  • Participant in the European Commission's 'Intercultural Dialogue' discussions between Europe and the Middle East. 

 Professional Milestones

  • Senior Scholar, Lincoln College, Oxford, 1988-1990
  • The Hornik Junior Research Fellow in Intellectual History, Wolfson College, Oxford, 1990-1993
  • Lecturer, University of Haifa, 1993-1999
  • Member of the European Science Foundation network on the History of European Republicanism, 1995-9
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Haifa, 1999-
  • Fellow, The Jerusalem Institute for Advanced Studies, 1998
  • Fellow, The Federal Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin, 1999-2000​