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Vered Shemtov, Ph.D

Eva Chernov Lokey Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Comparative Literature
Coordinator, Hebrew Language, Literature, and Culture, Stanford Language Center

Building 240-206
Stanford, CA 94305



  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley.
  • B.A. Comparative Literature (Magna Cum Laude), Tel Aviv University, Israel.



  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Tester of Hebrew with Full Certification


  • University of California, Berkeley Chancellor’s Award and Fellowship, 1999
  • Koret Foundation grant for developing teaching material and classes 2003-2009
  • Newhouse grant for curriculum development 2003-2006
  • Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford 2006


  • Board Member, National Association of Professors of Hebrew
  • Board Member,  Near and Middle Eastern Languages Resource Center
  • Board Member, Lively Arts, Stanford University
  • Board Member, Taube Foundation
  • Conference Committee, National Association of Professors of Hebrew 2007-2010
  • Co-Director, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University, up to 2011
  • Chair, Test Committee, SAT Hebre, up to 2011
  • Board Member, Hillel at Stanford 2007-8
  • Hebrew Studies journal, Modern Hebrew review editor 2006


  • Land and Literature: Israel in Contemporary Hebrew Literature (Stanford, Undergraduate)
  • Reflections of the Other: The Arab in Hebrew Literature and the Jew in Arabic Literature (With Khalil Barhoum, Stanford, Undergraduate)
  • From Agnon to Yehoshua and Oz (Stanford, Senior/Graduate)
  • Poetics and Politics in Contemporary Israeli Literature (Stanford, Undergraduate)
  • The Bible in Hebrew Poetry (Stanford, Undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Hebrew Literature: From the Middle Ages to Modern Time (Stanford, Senior/Graduate)
  • Introduction to Modern Israeli Literature (Stanford, Undergraduate)
  • Reading Hebrew: Accelerated Reading Course (Stanford, Senior/Graduate)
  • Beginning Hebrew  (Stanford)
  • Intermediate Hebrew (Stanford)
  • Advanced Hebrew (Stanford)
  • Hebrew Forum: Issues in Israeli and Jewish Culture (Stanford)
  • Honor Thesis Advisor to theses on Israeli literature
  • Directed readings   (Stanford, Graduate)
  • Stylistics and ideology in the History of Modern Hebrew Poetry” – Taught a section on Bialik and Tchernichovsky in Professor Kronfeld’s course. (Berkeley, Graduate seminar)
  • Elements of Fiction – Taught a section  (Tel Aviv University)
  • Introduction to Poetry –Taught a section  (Tel Aviv University)
  • Introduction to Prosody” – TA for professor Uzi Shavit. (Tel Aviv University)


1. Books:

2. Edited Volume

  • Jewish Conceptions and Practices of Space, Special issue of Jewish Social Studies  (Co-editor. Summer, 2005)

3. Book Chapters

  • “Discontinuous Spaces in A. B Yehoshua’s Novel The Liberated Bride” Intersecting Sights: Critical Essays on A.B. Yehoshua's Work, forthcoming, Heksherim and BGU Press, Summer 2010 (In Hebrew)
  • “Attraversando I Confini: Dallo Spazio Letterario Alle Frontiere Geografico-Politiche Nei Romanzi la Sposa Liberata” Opera Letteraria di Yehoshua. Einaudi, Venice 2006 (translated from Hebrew)
  • "Technology and Language Teaching in Higher Education: Some thoughts about the State of the Field" in A. Feuer, S. Armon-Lotem & B. Cooperman (Eds. Issues in the Acquisition and Teaching of Hebrew. Bethesda: University Press of Maryland (2009)
  • Victoria, Sami Michael: Epilogue,with Yigal Schwartz. Special Edition in honor of the Sami Michael Conference, Stanford University (Fall 2007)

4. Articles

5. Papers


  • "Space and Ideology in Contemporary Israeli Novels" INALCO, Centre d'études hébraïques, Paris (Spring 2008)
  • "From Communal Prayers to Homeland Songs: The Politics of Sound in Yehuda Amichai's Poetry" Invited talk, Yale (Amichai Conference (Fall, 2007)
  • "Literary Enclaves: Space and Ideology in Novels by Amos Oz and AB Yehohusa" Invited Talk, UC Berkeley (Spring, 2007)
  • “Intertextuality with the Bible and the Construction of Space in Contemporary Israeli Literature: Zruya Shalev’s Husband and Wife and Michal Govrin’s HevzekimInvited talk Maples, Italy (Spring, 2006)
  • “The Location of Voice: Prosody and Literary Geography” Invited talk Michigan, Ann Arbor (Spring, 2003)
  • “The Same Sea as a Polyphonic Novel.” Invited talk, University of Pennsylvania, (Fall, 2004) -to be published in a collection of articles on the work of Amos Oz).
  • “Locality, Trans-locality and Language in Ronit Matalon's The One Facing Us, A.B. Yehoshua's The Liberated Bride and Orly Castel Bloom's ‘Ummi Fi Shurl’" NAPH, Stanford (Summer, 2005)
  • “Literature on the Edge: Literary Space and Geographical Borders in Novels by A.B. Yehoshua” Conference on the works of A. B. Yehoshua, Ca' Foscari University Venice, Italy (Spring, 2005)
  • “Literature on the Edge: Literary Space and Geographical borders in Novels by A.B. Yehoshua” Ca' Foscari University Venice, Italy (Spring, 2005)
  • “Locality, Trans-locality and Language in Ronit Matalon, A.B. Yehoshua and Orly Castel Bloom.”  NAPH, Stanford, (Summer 2005
  • “Space and ideology in the Poetry of Yehuda Amichai” NAPH (Spring, 2004)
  • “Leah Goldberg and Prosodic Intertextuality.” NAPH, Los Angeles (Spring, 1997)
  • “The Poor as ‘The Other Within’ in two of Ch. N. Bialik's Poems.” NAPH, Berkeley


  • "From Using Technology to Support L2 Teaching to Functioning Online," SWLLT, Fall 2007
  • “Designing Web Based Assignments which promote Proficiency” Invited guest speaker, NMELRC Seminar for Hebrew Language Educators (USC, In collaboration with UCLA-Language Resource Center) Summer 2006
  • “Using technology for Teaching Heritage learners of Hebrew” Invited guest speaker, NMELRC Seminar for Hebrew Language Educators (USC, In collaboration with UCLA-Language Resource Center) Summer 2005
  • ”Using Technology for Teaching Hebrew Language and Literature.” Northeast Conference for Teaching Foreign Languages, Spring 2005.
  • “Technology at the Edge: How much Technology is too much?” NAPH, Spring 2004.
  • “Using Technology for Teaching Language through Film” Digital Stream conference, Monterey, Spring 2003.
  • “New Learning Opportunities.”Invited guest speaker in The USC Center for Scholarly Technology, Spring 2003 Speaker Series on Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
  • Comparative Web-Based Projects.” Invited guest speaker, the Annual South Asia Conference at Madison, Wisconsin Fall, 2003
  • “A Hands-On Approach to Using Media and Technology in Languages Courses.” NAPH,  Israel 2002.


  • NAPH
  • Modern Language Association
  • Association of Jewish Studies
  • American Council on the Teaching of foreign Languages
  • Hebrew Studies journal, Modern Hebrew review editor 2006


Photography: Noam Shemtov