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Katherine Aron Beller, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies

Division: Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies
Program: Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Dr. Katherine Aron-Beller is a lecturer in Jewish History both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Tel Aviv University. In 2006-7 she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Prior to this she was head of the Photographic Archives in the Judaica and Jewish Ethnography Wing in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Aron-Beller’s first book Jews on Trial: The Papal Inquisition in Modena 1598-1638 (Manchester University Press, Manchester: 2011) studies 186 trials against practicing Jews before the Papal Inquisition in the duchy of Modena at the beginning of the seventeenth century. She has also written many articles. Her current project is an exploration of the relationship between practicing Jews and Christian art, in particular the accusation of desecrating Christian images brought against Jews in early modern Italy.

She has taught many online courses at Gratz College including “Popes, Jews and Blood: From Medieval to Modern Times,” “Jews and the Visionary Arts: An Interdisciplinary Study,” “A Survey of Medieval Jewish History,” “Jews on Trial” and “Jews in the Renaissance.”

Dr. Beller currently lives in Jerusalem, is married and has three children, the oldest of which is now serving in the Israeli army.