Shalem College
Leon Jacobowitz Efron

Dr. Leon Jacobowitz Efron

Ph.D. in Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University
M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University (summa cum laude)
B.Sc.T.E in Arts, Tel Aviv University (cum laude)


Leon Jacobowitz Efron, an expert on Dante and Medieval Literature, was a lecturer at Achva College of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, a research fellow at Columbia University’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, and a Rothschild Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.

His work on the religious reception of Dante won the Tel-Aviv University’s Fundenstein Award for Outstanding and Original Ph.D. Dissertation. While his speciality is late medieval and early modern secular-vernacular thought, he also studies the development and cultural significance of mnemonics, as well as gender and sexuality, in the Middle Ages.

Currently, he is working on a monograph on the popular image of Dante as theologian.

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Selected Publications

Chapters in Books

“Rabbi Moses of Rieti and Dante in Italian Jewish Liturgy” in Dante and the Christian Imagination, ed. Domenico Pietropaolo (Toronto: Legas, 2015): 119-138.


“’Hermaphrodite Trouble’: Gender, Sex and Sexuality in Early Commentaries to the Divine Comedy.” Gender & History volume 25, Issue 1 (April 2013): 65-85.

“Dante in Pistoia: The Frescoes of the Cappella del Giudizio.” Quaderni Storici volume 140, Issue 2 (August 2012): 443-469.