Nimrod Ben Zeev

Nimrod Ben Zeev

Ph.D. Candidate

Eve Troutt Powell

Committee Members:

Kathleen M. Brown; Heather J. Sharkey (NELC); Sherene Seikaly (UC Santa Barbara); On Barak (Tel Aviv University)

Personal Statement:

My research focuses on the intersections between labor, sensory history and political economy in construction work, the construction industry, and the built environment in twentieth-century Palestine / Israel. I am particularly interested in the ways in which inequalities, racial hierarchies, and masculinity are produced and sustained through labor practices and divisions of risk.

I am currently a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow, and a Graduate Fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy. In previous years, my research has been supported by the Social Sciences Research Council's International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF).

In addition to my studies, I am a member of the editorial board of the Social History Workshop, a Hebrew language public history platform which makes cutting-edge research on the history of the Middle East and beyond accessible to a broad audience.


B.A., summa cum laude, Tel Aviv University, 2012
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2016

Research Interests

Modern Middle East, Palestine/Israel, Partition, Sensory History, Labor History, Cultural History, Race, History of the Body, Political Economy.

Selected Publications

Building to Survive: The Politics of Cement in Mandate Palestine,” Jerusalem Quarterly 79 (Autumn 2019): 39-62.

The Sound of Danger: Voice, Noise, and Risk in Construction Material Production in Early Twentieth Century Palestine," in "Forum: Urban Progress as Noise," International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity 7 (2019). DOI: