Professor Dr. Johannes Becke

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Israel and Middle East Studies

Office hours: by appointment

Tel.:  (+49) (0) 6221 /54 192-61
Fax.: (+49) (0) 6221 54 19 209

Ben Gurion Chair for Israel and Middle East Studies




Please  note:

Prof. Dr. Johannes Becke will take a research break in winter semester 2020/2021 and summer semester 2021.
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The interim professor is Dr. Jenny Hestermann


Johannes Becke is professor for Israel and Middle East Studies at the Heidelberg University for Jewish Studies (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg). His research projects and publications focus on the comparative politics of Israel and the Middle East, with a special focus on nationalism, state formation and Arab-Israeli relations.

Johannes Becke studied Political Science at Heidelberg University, Cairo University and the University of Illinois. Following his PhD at Freie Universität Berlin (2014), he was granted a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University. After serving as assistant professor for Israel and Middle East Studies, he was granted tenure at the Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies in 2020. He heads the research group “Gathering the Dispersed. State Evasion and State-Making in Modern Jewish, Kurdish, and Berber History” (financed by the Volkswagen Foundation, located at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University).

Johannes Becke is co-editor of the book series “Israel Studies” (Wallstein), which published the book Israel Studies: History, Methods, Paradigms (in German; edited by Johannes Becke, Michael Brenner, and Daniel Mahla) in 2020. His book The Land Beyond the Border: State Formation and Territorial Expansion in Syria, Morocco, and Israel is forthcoming with State University of New York Press in 2021.



Latest Revision: 2022-11-30