Prof. Halperin is Associate Professor of International Studies, History, and Jewish Studies and the Jack and Rebeccca Endowed Chair in Israel Studies at the University of Washington. She is a scholar of the history of Israel/Palestine, with particular interests in nationalism and collective memory, language ideology and policy, Jewish cultural and social history, and Jewish-Arab relations both in Ottoman and Mandate Palestine and during the early years after Israeli statehood. Her first book, Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine (Yale University Press, 2015) was awarded the Shapiro Prize from the Association for Israel Studies for the best book in Israel Studies. She has published academic articles in The Journal of Social History, Jewish Social Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and The Jewish Quarterly Review, among other venues. She is currently working on a second book project about the first European Jewish agricultural colonies (moshavot) in Palestine, established in the late 19th-century, and the politics of their commemoration over the course of the 20th century.
- Liora R. Halperin, "Trading Secrets: Constructions and Contexts of Two Middle Eastern Jewish Guards in the Early Petah Tikva Agricultural Colony," International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2019): 1-22.
- Liora R. Halperin, "Petah Tikva, 1886: Gender, Anonymity, and the Making of Zionist Memory," Jewish Social Studies, 23:1 (Fall 2017): 1-28 Download PDF (1022.15 KB)
- “Majority and Minority Languages in the Middle East: The Case of Hebrew in Mandate Palestine,” in Minorities in the Arab World, ed. Laura Robson, (Syracuse University Press, 2016), 174-190. Download PDF (2.32 MB)
- "A Murder in the Grove: Conceptions of Justice in an Early Zionist Colony," Journal of Social History 49:2 (2015): 427-451. Download PDF (185.6 KB)
- Liora R. Halperin Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948 (Yale University Press, 2015).