Nili Gold





Dr. Nili Gold is 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.

Recent Publications:

Heifa, Hadar HaCarmel (Haifa, Hadar HaCarmel neighborhood) (working title), a Hebrew version - not a translation of Haifa, City of Steps for Israeli readership (Tel Aviv: Zmora Bitan Modan), forthcoming in July (in Hebrew), "Yoel Hoffman's Curriculum Vitae and japanese Death Poems as Keys to Reading his Work," CISMOR Conference on Jewish Studies, Doshisha University, Japan, Vol. 9, pp. 37-48 (2017). "Letters in a Tin Box: The Scholarly Value of he Poet's Love Letters"., Ha'aretz Literay Supplement, february 19. p.1 (in Hebrew) 2016. Haifa, City of Steps: Brandeis (2017); Yehuda Amichai: the Making of Israel's National Poet. Hanover and London: Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England (2008).