Mikhal Dekel

Professor & Director of English Honors

Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Israeli Culture
  • Holocaust
  • Refugees


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Mikhal Dekel

Mikhal Dekel


Mikhal Dekel is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the City College and the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts. She is the recipient of many awards - including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation and the Lady Davis Foundation- and is the author of three books: Tehran ChildrenL A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey (W. W. Norton 2019); Oedipus in Kishinev (Bialik Institute, 2014); and The Universal Jew: Masculinity, Modernity and the Zionist Moment (Northwestern University Press, 2011). Her articles, translations and blogs have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Literature, English Literary History, Jewish Social Studies, Callaloo, Shofar, Guernica, and Cambridge Literary Review, among many others.


  • L.L.B., Tel Aviv University
  • M.A., The City College of New York
  • M.Phil, Ph.D., Columbia University


Courses Taught

  • The Historical Memoir: Archival Research and the Personal
  • Literature and Theory of Migration
  • Representations of Trauma: Text, Theory and Visual Culture
  • Themes in Comparative Literature
  • Law and Literature


Research Interests

  • Memory studies; relationship between history and memoir
  • Minority identity; language in Diaspora; theories of post colonialism and nationalism.
  • Critical legal studies; law and ethics
  • Literary representation of trauma