Shai Ginsburg

Shai Ginsburg

Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

External address: 
John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27708-0414
Internal office address: 
Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
(919) 681-4592
Office Hours: 
Thursday 9:30-11:30 & Friday 11:30-1:30Or By Appointment


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2001
  • M.A., Hebrew University (Israel) 1995
  • B.A., Hebrew University (Israel) 1992

Ginsburg, Shai, Martin Land, and Jonathan Boyarin. Jews and the Ends of Theory, 2018.

Ginsburg, S., and Brian Horowitz. Bounded Mind and Soul: Russia and Israel, 1880–2010. Slavica Publishers, 2013.

Man, P. D. The Resistance to Theory. Translated by P. D. Shai Ginsburg. Resling, 2010.

Ginsburg, S., Martin Land, and Jonathan Boyarin. “Jews, Theory, and Ends.” In Jews and the Ends of Theory, edited by Shai Ginsburg, Martin Land, and Jonathan Boyarin, Jews and the Ends of Theory:1–26. New York: Fordham University Press, 2018.

Ginsburg, S. “Poetry and Conflict: on Civility, Citizenship and Criticism.” In Toward a Critical Rhetoric on the Israel-Palestine Conflict, edited by S. Matthew Abraham, 152–74. Anderson, S.C.: Parlor Press, 2015.

Ginsburg, S. “The City and the Body: Jerusalem in Uri Tsvi Greenberg’s Vision of One of the Legions.” In Jerusalem Across the Disciplines, edited by Miriam Elman and Madelaine Adelman, 2014.

Ginsburg, S. “S. Yizhar’s Khirbet Khizeh and the rhetoric of conflict.” In Jewish Rhetorics: History, Theory, Practice, 165–79, 2014.

Ginsburg, S. “Class and Historical Anxiety: The Rhetoric of Class in David Ben-Gurion’s and Meir Ya’ari’s Thought (in Hebrew).” In Literature and Inequality, edited by Amir Banbaji and Hannan Hever. The Van Leer Institute, 2014.

Ginsburg, S. “War and Peace in Israel: Hebrew Literature and Russian Literature in Hebrew, 1942–60.” In Bounded Mind and Soul: Russia and Israel, 1880–2010, edited by Brian Horowitz and Shai Ginsburg, 131–50. Slavica Publishers, 2013.

Ginsburg, S. “From Ziklag One Cannot See Khirbet Khizeh.” In The Palestinian Nakba in Cinema and Literature, 23–31, 2012.

Ginsburg, S. “Love in Search of Belief, Belief in Search of Love.” In The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema, 371–76, 2011.

Ginsburg, S. “Rhetoric and Criticism: The Work and Life of Paul de Man.” In The Resistance to Theory, by Paul de Man (Hebrew Translation), 2010.

Ginsburg, S. “Truth in the Land of Israel: On the Notion of Truth in the Work of Ahad Ha-‘Am.” In A Moment of Birth: Studies in Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures in Honor of Dan Miron, edited by Hannan Hever, 260–75. Jerusalem: Mosad Bialik, 2007.


Ginsburg, Shai. “Mothers, Fathers, and the Hebrew Literary Canon.” Novel 52, no. 2 (August 1, 2019): 318–22. Full Text

Ginsburg, Shai. “Belonging in Israel/Palestine: Theory and Literature.” Novel 52, no. 1 (May 1, 2019): 156–60. Full Text

Ginsburg, S. “Pessah Ginsburg: Two Letters (Christiania 1917; London 1918).” Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 29 (2017): 307–21.

Ginsburg, S. “Paul de Man’s Death Mask.” Mikan, no. 16 (2016): 256–64.

Paul de Man, S. “Autobiography as De-Facement.” Translated by S. Ginsburg. Miakn, no. 16 (2016): 244–55.

Ginsburg, S. P. “Alon Hilu and the Hebrew historical novel.” Shofar 33, no. 4 (June 1, 2015): 134–57. Full Text

Ginsburg, S. “The Bookcase and the Language of Grace.” Mikan 14 (2014): 239–63.

Ginsburg, Shai. “The Physics of Being Jewish, or On Cats and Jews.” Ajs Review 35, no. 2 (November 2011): 357–64. Full Text

Ginsburg, S. “An American Reflection: Steven Spielberg, the Jewish Holocaust and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict.” American Studies 34, no. 1 (2011): 45–76.

Ginsburg, S. “Studying Violence: The Films of Avi Mograbi.” Takriv, no. 2 (2011).