Rhona Seidelman

OFFICE:  Cate Center 4 #210

EMAIL: rds@ou.edu


Dr. Rhona Seidelman joined the History Department and the Schusterman Center of Judaic and Israel Studies as Assistant Professor of Israeli History in August of 2015. Dr. Seidelman is a scholar of Israel, immigration, public health and medicine. She holds a PhD in History from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, as well as an MA in Literature and a BA in History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She recently completed a book manuscript—tentatively titled Under Quarantine: The Story of Israel’s Ellis Island (1949-1952)—which looks at the controversial period of Israel’s founding through a medical history of the young state’s central immigration processing camp, Shaar Ha’aliya. In addition to her book manuscript, Dr. Seidelman has authored and co-authored several articles in the fields of health and immigration in Israel. Her articles have been published in: The American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of Israeli History, AJS Perspectives, Korot: the Israel Journal of the History of Medicine and Science, The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, Canadian Bulletin for the History of Medicine, Hagar, and Ha’aretz. She is currently writing a book on patients’ experiences with tuberculosis in Palestine/Israel from 1882 until today.