Associate Professor of the Practice of Jewish Civilization, Hebrew Program Coordinator
Meital Orr is a literary critic with a doctorate in Modern Jewish Literature from Harvard University and an M.Phil. in Hebrew Literature from Columbia University. Her areas of expertise are modern Jewish and Israeli literature and film in comparative context in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has authored numerous articles and publications in these areas, including in the Forward, Shofar and Prooftexts. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript on the largely undocumented convergences between Israeli and Palestinian literature and film in the 21st century.
Dr. Orr teaches across multiple disciplines at the Center for Jewish Civilization, including modern Jewish and Israeli literature, film and history, and Hebrew language. Her Spring courses are: “Re-examining the Middle East Conflict: Israeli and Palestinian Literature and Film,” and “The History of the Jewish People: From Antiquity to Today.” Her fall courses are: “Interfaith Marriage in Literature and Film,” and “Arguing with God: The Bible as Literature” Every semester, she also coordinates “Introduction to Jewish Civilization” and teaches Intermediate Hebrew Language, as well as coordinates the Hebrew Program. Previously, she has taught at Harvard University’s Near East Languages and Cultures Department and at Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern Studies.
Areas of expertise: Modern Jewish and Israeli Literature and Film, Modern Jewish History, Comparative Literature and Film, Palestinian Literature and Film