Ori Yehudai

Ori Yehudai

Ori Yehudai

The Saul and Sonia Schottenstein Chair in Israel Studies, Assistant Professor, History


165 Dulles Hall
230 Annie and John Glenn Ave.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Jewish History
  • Power, Culture, and the State
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Nation


  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • BA, Tel Aviv University
Ori Yehudai is the Saul and Sonia Schottenstein Chair in Israel Studies, and Assistant Professor in the Department of History. His research focuses on modern Jewish history with special emphasis on Zionism and the State of Israel, migration and displacement, and transnational history. His first book, Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine and Israel after World War II is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. He is currently working on a new book project dealing with the history of non-Jewish immigration to Israel. Ori’s work has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Israel Institute in Washington, DC. Before coming to Ohio State, he held postdoctoral and visiting positions at the Center for Jewish History in New York, New York University, McGill University and the University of Toronto. Ori earned his BA from Tel Aviv University and his PhD from the University of Chicago.