Prof. Halperin is Associate Professor of International Studies, History, and Jewish Studies, and the Jack and Rebecca Benaroya Endowed Chair in Israel Studies, at the University of Washington. She is an historian of Israel/Palestine with particular interests in nationalism and collective memory, Jewish cultural and social history, language ideology and policy, and Jewish-Arab encounters in Ottoman and Mandate Palestine and during the early years after Israeli statehood. Her book, The Oldest Guard: Forging the Zionist Settler Past, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press (August 2021). It is a study of the European Jewish agricultural colonies established in late nineteenth-century Ottoman Palestine and the politics of their twentieth-century commemoration as the "First Aliyah," the first wave of Zionist settlement. Her first book, Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948 (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, The Jewish Quarterly Review, and Ethnic and Racial Studies, among other venues.
- “Past Perfect: Jewish Memories of Language and the Politics of Arabic in Mandate Palestine,” in Heleen Murre-van den Berg et al., Arabic and its Alternatives: Religious minorities and their languages in the emerging nation states of the Middle East (1920-1950) (Leiden: Brill, 2020), pp. 228-256.
- “Forging beginnings: Commemorative cultures and the politics of the “First Aliyah” Journal of Israeli History 38:1 (2020) Special Issue on Beginnings and Endings: Narration and Emplotment in the History of Zionism and the State of Israel, 53-76.
- 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).
- Liora R. Halperin, The Oldest Guard: Forging the Zionist Settler Past (Stanford University Press, 2021)