Mikhal Dekel is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. A graduate of the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, she completed an internship in Law at the State Attorney’s Office before changing tracks to earn a Masters in English from the City College of New York and an M. Phil and Doctorate in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Her scholarly work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, and the Lady Davis Foundation, among others. She is currently Director of CCNY’s Rifkind Center for the Humanities and the Arts and lives in Manhattan with her family. 

Her first book, The Universal Jew: Masculinity, Modernity and the Zionist Moment, analyzes images of Jewish citizenship, nationhood and masculinity in turn of the century European novels. Her Hebrew monograph Oedipus be-Kishinev (Oedipus in Kishinev) deals with the prominence of Classical tragedy in early Zionist culture. Her articles, blogs and translations have appeared in Journal of Comparative Literature, Callaloo, Guernica, English Literary History, Jewish Social Studies, and H-Madness, among othersHer current book project, Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey will be published in October 2019.

At the City College and the CUNY Graduate Center, she teaches courses on Literature and Theory of Migrations; the Historical Memoir; Representations of Trauma; Law and Literature; Literary Theory; and Comparative Literature. For more info, visit https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/profiles/mikhal-dekel.

Mikhal is also Director of the Rifkind Center, which supports faculty research, awards fellowships, and hosts talks, conferences and  interdisciplinary seminars. As its director, Mikhal seeks to facilitate complex and original conversations that challenge the status quo, working to build CCNY’s local intellectual community and to link it to other cultural institutions in Harlem, Northern Manhattan and New York City at large. For more info, visit rifkindcenter.org.