Gadi Taub

Gadi Taub
Senior Lecturer

Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Born in Jerusalem, I studied history and general humanities at Tel Aviv University, while working for the Israel Broadcasting Authority as a presenter and screenplay and radio-play writer, for both the radio and the  children’s television departments. Meanwhile I wrote children’s books, a collection of short stories, and a non-fiction book on contemporary Israeli culture. I completed a Ph.D. in American history at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. I have since worked regularly in the Israeli press as a commentator, both in print and broadcast media.


My research interests include political ideology, the influence of American culture on Israel, psychoanalytic theory, and gender and sexuality.


Selected publications:

Books (nonfiction)

  • Against Solitude,  Vol. 1: Impressions, (Hebrew, Tel Aviv, Yedioth Sfarim, 2011).

  • The Settlers and the Struggle over the Meaning of Zionism, (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2010).

  • A Dispirited Rebellion - Essays on Contemporary Israeli Culture, (Tel Aviv, Hakibutz Hameuchad, 1997).

  • Against Solitude, Vol. 2: Thoughts, (Hebrew, Yedioth Sfarim, forthcoming)

Books (fiction)

  • Things I Keep to Myself, (Jerusalem, Keter, 1990). (Hebrew, fiction for children).

  • Things I Keep from Yael, (Jerusalem, Keter, 1992). (Hebrew, fiction for children).

  • What Might Have Happened Had We Forgotten Dov, (Tel Aviv, Hakibutz Hameuchad, 1992). (Hebrew, short stories).

  • The Witch From 3 Melchet Street, (Jerusalem, Keter, 2000). (Hebrew, fiction for children).

  • The Giraffe Who Liked to Feel Sorry for Himself, (Jerusalem, Keter, 2003). (Hebrew, fiction for children). English version published by Scholastic, 2006.

  • The Deer Who Liked Everything Clean, (Jerusalem, Keter, 2005). (Hebrew, fiction for children.)

  • The Lion Who Thought He was a Coward, (Tel Aviv, Yedioth Sfarim, 2007). (Hebrew, fiction for children).

  • Allenby Street, (Tel Aviv, Yedioth Sfarim, 2009). (Hebrew, novel).

Selected Articles

  • "A Confusion of Tongues Between Psychoanalysis and Philosophy," The International Journal of Psychoanalysis (2009) 90:507-527).

  • "The Shift in Israeli Ideas Concerning the Individual and the Collective," in Hazem Saghie (ed.), The Predicament of the Individual in the Middle East, (London: Saqi Books, 2001).

  • "Post-Zionism: The French-American-Israeli Connection," in Tuvia Frilling (ed.), An Answer to a Post-Zionist Colleague, (Yedioth Sfarim, 2003). (Hebrew, French).

  • “Introduction: Liberty, Nationalism and Democracy – the Work of Theodore Herzl” inBinyamin Ze’ev Herzl: the State of the Jews and Altneuland, Am Hasefer Series, Dov Eichenwald (editor in chief), Hebrew, Yedioth Sfarim, 2008).

  • "Nothing beyond the Self: Young Writers and the Loss of Public Sphere," in Yigal Schwartz and Gabriella Steindler Moscati (eds), Three Generations of Writers Confronted: Essays on Israeli Literature, (Napoli Editoriale Scientifica, 2009). (Italian).

  • "The American Sixties In Israel," Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 13, (Sde-Boker: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, 2003). (Hebrew)

  • "Can Nationalism and Democracy be Understood Apart? The Case of Zionism and its Critics,"The Journal of Israeli History, Vol. 26, No. 2, September 2007, pp. 157-177.

  • "God's Politics in Israel's Supreme Court: The Retreat of Theology in Religious Settlers' Politics," Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, vol. 6, No. 3, November 2007, pp. 289-299.