University of California, Los Angeles
Nazarian Center Research Fellow and former Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Nadav Molchadsky, is an historian specializing in Israeli and Jewish history. His research focuses on political and legal history, with a particular interest in processes of collective memory formation. Molchadsky's dissertation, History in the Public Courtroom: Commissions of Inquiry and Struggles over the History and Memory of Israeli Traumas, sheds new light on the complex web of relations among history, historiography and contemporary perceptions of the past. It does so by focusing on Israeli commissions of inquiry that arose in the wake of major national traumas such as the 1948 War, the Yom Kippur War, and the assassination of Zionist leader Chaim Arlosoroff. These topics open a window onto the nature of the historian's craft and the ability of different kinds of historians, professionals and non-professionals alike, to shape Israeli public culture. Molchadsky is currently working on turning his dissertation into a book that will explore these and additional topics such as the "Yemenite Children Affair," and the associated Israeli commissions of inquiry.
At UCLA, Molchadsky teaches courses in Israeli history and society, including the two core courses for the Israel Studies minor: "Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State,” and “Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture.” Molchadsky also took part in teaching the Fiat Lux Seminar in International & Area Studies, "Contemporary Israel: Strengths and Challenges of the 69-Year Old Democracy." The Nazarian Center Research Fellow received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in history from UCLA. He earned his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Jewish history and Political Science from Tel-Aviv University.