Nili Gold

Associate Professor


Dr. Nili Gold is an Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC, formerly AMES), where she has been teaching since 2000.

Born in Haifa, Israel, Dr. Gold graduated from the French Alliance School and received her B.A. in Hebrew Literature and Education-research as well as her High School Teachers diploma at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She got her M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA, thesis: "Poetic Closure: A Case Study, Natan Zach.") and later, when she studied for her doctorate at the same institution, she received the Charles S. Revson Fellowship in Hebrew Literature.  In the final stages of writing her dissertation, she received a Doctoral Scholarship Grant from the Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture (thesis: "The Transformation of Images and Structures in the Poetry of Yehuda Amichai"). While studying at JTSA, she taught at the neighboring Columbia University as an instructor of Hebrew Language at the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC).  Before completing her doctorate, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Hebrew Literature and Language in that department, and later promoted to Associate Professor.

In 2000, she joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department (AMES), first as lecturer and then as standing faculty. She was awarded the Faculty Research Fellowship of the Penn Humanities Forum and in the following year, she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Penn.


B.A., Hebrew University (1970); Secondary Teaching Diploma, Hebrew University (1971); M.A., Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1976); Ph.D., Jewish Theological Seminary (1990)


Hebrew, French, German, Yiddish

Research Interests:

Modern Hebrew Literature; Israeli Poetry; Israeli film and Culture

Overseas Research Experience:

Israel, Germany

Representative Awards and Distinctions:

American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise Publication Grant for Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel's National Poet (2008); Lucius Littauer Foundation Publishing Award for Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel's National Poet (2007).

Recent Publications:

A critical biography Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel’s National Poet (University Press of New England/ Brandeis University, 2008.); "To Walk on the 'Inner Streets': Yoel Hoffmann's 'Ephraim' in Criticism & Interpretation," Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Culture (2008).


The Holocaust in Israeli Literature and Film (HEBR 359)

The City in Israeli Literature and Film (NELC 159)

Intro to Modern Hebrew Literature (NELC)

Modern Middle Eastern Literature in Translation (NELC 201)