Louise Bethlehem

Louise Bethlehem

Louise Bethlehem is Golda Meir Fellow (2002-2003) and Associate Professor in the English Department and incoming Chair of the Program in Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her book, Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and its Aftermath (Unisa Press, Brill 2006), was published in Hebrew translation by Resling in 2011.

She has co-edited nine volumes in the field of South African literature, African Studies and Cultural Studies, including the prizewinning volume South Africa in the Global Imaginary, co-edited with Leon de Kock and Sonja Laden (Unisa, 2004). Between 2014 and 2019, she was Principal Investigator of the research project Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation, 1948-1990 funded by a prestigious grant from the European Research Council (ERC). In recognition of the importance of her research, she was appointed to Academia-Net: an Expert Database of Outstanding Female Scholars and Scientists, with the participation of 47 European science and research organizations. Bethlehem has held research fellowships from the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has served on the Academic Committee of the Institute. She has supervised over 30 graduate students, many of whom have gone on to secure academic appointments in their own right.