Arie M. Dubnov

Arie Dubnov
Associate Professor
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]
Arie Dubnov

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern Europe
  • Middle East
  • Imperialism and Colonialism
  • Intellectual History
  • Jewish History

Arie M. Dubnov is the Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies. Trained in Israel and the U.S., he is a historian of twentieth century Jewish and Israeli history, with emphasis on the history of political thought, the study of nationalism, decolonization and partition politics, and with a subsidiary interest in the history of Israeli popular culture. Prior to his arrival at GW, Dubnov taught at Stanford University and the University of Haifa. He was a G.L. Mosse Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a participant in the National History Center’s International Decolonization Seminar, and recipient of the Dorset Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a was Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford. 

His publications include the intellectual biography Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal (2012), and two edited volumes, Zionism – A View from the Outside (2010 [in Hebrew]), seeking to put Zionist history in a larger comparative trajectory, and Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-century Territorial Separatism (2019, co-edited with Laura Robson), tracing the genealogy of the idea of partition in the British interwar Imperial context and reconstructing the cross-border links connecting partition plans in Ireland, Palestine/Israel and India/Pakistan. Additionally, he has published numerous articles in leading journals in the field, including Nations & Nationalism, Modern Intellectual History, The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, Rethinking History, Jewish Social Studies, The Journal of Israeli History and more.

His current book research project, tentatively entitled Dreamers of the Third Empire/Temple, examines ties between Zionist and British imperial thinkers in interwar years and to uncover alternative, neglected federalist political schemes for the future of the region that were circulating at the time.

During the academic year 2022-23, Prof. Dubnov will be a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Studies) in Berlin.

Complete C.V. (PDF)


Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2010



editor (with Laura Robson), Partitions: A Transnational History of 20th Century Territorial Separatism (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019), 376pp. 

Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012), 316pp.

Zionism – A View from the Outside, editor (with Florsheim, Ella and Tsirkin-Sadan, Raphael),  (Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute and the Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel, Hebrew University, 2010), 124 pp. [In Hebrew]

Special Issues (Guest Editor)

- (co-editor, with Motti Golani), "The British Mandate at 100: Proceedings of the Mandate Scholars Forum," Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, vols. 27-28 (Tel Aviv University; 2021) [in Hebrew].

- (guest editor), "Amos Oz’s Two Pens," special issue of Journal of Israeli History, vol. 38, no. 2 (2021).

- (co-editor, with Abigail Jacobson and Jonathan Gribetz), "The Uncertain Legacy of Great War Diplomacy in the Middle East," special issue of Journal of Levantine Studies, vol. 8 no. 1 (Summer 2018).

- (guest editor), "Jacob Talmon and Totalitarianism Today: Legacy and Revision," special issue of History of European Ideas, vol. 34 no. 2 (2008).

Peer Reviewed Articles

"Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States: A Critical Engagement with Eric D. Weitz’s A World Divided," Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 23, no. 1 (2021), 139–45.

"On Vertical Alliances, ‘Perfidious Albion’ and the Security Paradigm: Reflections on the Balfour Declaration Centennial and the Winding Road to Israeli Independence," European Judaism, vol. 52, no. 1 (Spring 2019), 67–100.

(with Ofri Kirscher), "The Bentwich Saga," Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, vols. 27-8 (2021), 271–312. [in Hebrew]

"‘Fog in Channel - Continent Cut Off’? Anti-Semitism, Pride and Prejudice in Britain, 1830-1982," Zion: A Quarterly for Research in Jewish History (The Historical Society of Israel), vol. 84 no. 1-4 (September 2020), 265–293. [in Hebrew]

"Theory on the Move: Between New and Old in the Historiography of Intellectual Exiles," Historia – Journal of the Historical Society of Israel, vol. 39–40 (2018), 147–173 [in Hebrew].

"On Vertical Alliances, Informal Imperialism, and ‘Perfidious Albion’: Reflections on the Balfour Declaration Centennial," Theory & Criticism, vol. 49 (2017), 177–209 [in Hebrew].

"Can Parallels Meet? Hannah Arendt and Isaiah Berlin on the Jewish Post-Emancipatory Quest for Political Freedom." The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 62 (2017): 27–51.

"Theory on the Move: Between New and Old in the Historiography of Intellectual Exiles,"Historia – Journal of the Historical Society of Israel, vol. 39–40 (2018), 147–173 [in Hebrew].

"On Vertical Alliances, Informal Imperialism, and ‘Perfidious Albion’: Reflections on the Balfour Declaration Centennial," Theory & Criticism, vol. 49 (2017), 177–209 [in Hebrew; English translation].

"Notes on the Zionist passage to India, or: The analogical imagination and its boundaries," Journal of Israeli History, vol. 35, no. 2 (2016), 1–39.

"From Hilberg to Arendt (and back?): A few comments on The Destruction of the European Jews and the Banality of Evil," Tabur: Yearbook for European History, Society and Thought (The Richard Koebner Center, Hebrew University), vol. 7 (2017), 54–62.  [in Hebrew].

"Jewish Nationalism in the wake of World War I: A ‘State-in-the-Making’ or The Empire Strikes Back?," Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, vol. 24 (2016), 5–36 [in Hebrew].

"The Missing Beat Generation: Coming of Age and Nostalgism in Arik Einstein’s Music," Jewish Social Studies, vol. 21, no. 1 (2015), 43–88.

"‘Those New Men of the Sixties’: Nihilism in the Liberal Imagination." Rethinking History, vol. 17, no. 1 (2013), 18-40.

"What is Jewish (if anything) about Isaiah Berlin's political philosophy?," Religions (special issue: Between Religion and Ethnicity: Twentieth-Century Jewish Émigrés and the Shaping of Postwar Culture), vol. 3, no. 2 (2012), 289–319.

"Zionism on the Diasporic Front," The Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture, vol. 30, no. 2 (2011), 211–224.

"Anti-Cosmopolitan Liberalism: Isaiah Berlin, Jacob Talmon and the Dilemma of National Identity," Nations and Nationalism, vol. 16, no. 4 (2010), 559–578.

"Between Liberalism and Jewish Nationalism: Young Isaiah Berlin on the Road towards Diaspora Zionism," Modern Intellectual History, vol. 4, no. 2 (2007), 303–326.

Chapters in books:

"Jews, Imperial Liberalism, and the Predicament of “Small Nations”: Lewis B. Namier’s Gentry Nationalism." In Jews, Liberalism, Antisemitism: A Global History, edited by Abigail Green and Simon Levis Sullam. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp. 315-38.

"Diaspora, Jewishness, and Difference in Isaiah Berlin’s Thought," in Brian Smollett and Christian Wiese (eds.), Reappraisals and New Studies of the Modern Jewish Experience: Essays in honor of Robert M. Seltzer (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2015), 208–234.

"‘True Art Makes for the Integration of The Race’: Israel Zangwill and the Varieties of the Jewish Normalization Discourse in fin-de-siècle Britain," in Geoffrey Alderman (ed.), New Directions in Anglo-Jewish History (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010), 101–134.

Encyclopedia Entries:

- "Offene Gesellschaft/Open Society," Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, herausgegeben von Dan Diner (Stuttgart / Weimar: Verlag J.B. Metzler [Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften], 2011-13), Band 4 (2014), 1–7 [in German].

- "Freiheit/Freedom," Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, herausgegeben von Dan Diner (Stuttgart / Weimar: Verlag J.B. Metzler [Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften], 2011-13), Band 2 (2012), 378–382. [in German]

- "Berlin, Isaiah," Encyclopedia Hebraica, new edition (Jerusalem: forthcoming 2019) [In Hebrew].

-"Jabotinsky, Vladimir (Ze’ev)," [with Brian Horowitz], 1914-1918-online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Freie Universität Berlin: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Center for Digital Systems)


Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies

Classes Taught

HIST 2001, JSTD 2002: History of Zionism, Or: Varieties of the Jewish Nationalism, 1882-1948

HIST 2001, JSTD 2002: War & Peace in Israeli Society

HIST 2001, JSTD 2002: Emigre Intellectuals and the Making of Post-WII Politics

HIST 6005: History & Historians

HIST 6801: Partition, Transfer, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

GSHED 6001: Foundations of Contemporary Israel