Roni Henig is an Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature. 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 first book, On Revival: Hebrew Literature between Life and Death (forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press), critically explores the notion of Hebrew revival in early twentieth-century Hebrew literary discourse and its role in the formation of Jewish nationalism, Zionism, and modern Hebrew culture. Her second project, Language Monstrosity, focuses on uneasy transitions between languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, and German, revisiting a set of literary texts that engage the monstrous as a figure of language.
Prior to joining NYU, Henig was a Research Fellow at Columbia University Institute for Ideas and Imagination at Reid Hall, Paris. Her work has been awarded the 2021 Baron Dissertation Prize by Columbia University and the 2017 A. Owen Aldridge Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association.