Roni Henig is an Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature who will be joining the Skirball faculty in Fall 2020. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and her B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Tel Aviv University.
She researches modern Hebrew literature and Jewish literatures in a comparative context. Her work focuses on critical literary theory, language politics, multilingualism, dysfluency studies, and the critique of nationalism across Jewish literatures and beyond. Her current book project, Life of the Non-Living: The Narrative of Language Revival in Modern Hebrew Literature, critically explores the question of Hebrew revival in early twentieth century Hebrew literary discourse and its role in the formation of Jewish nationalism, Zionism, and modern Hebrew culture.
Prior to joining NYU, Henig was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University Institute for Ideas and Imagination at Reid Hall, Paris. Before that, she served as a lecturer in the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University. Her work has been awarded the 2017 A. Owen Aldridge Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association.