Professor Halperin, Professor in the Jackson School and History Department, focuses her research on Jewish cultural history, Jewish-Arab relations in Ottoman and Mandate Palestine, and the shaping of Zionist national memory in the Jewish agricultural colonies. Her first book, Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, was published by Yale University Press and was awarded the Shapiro Prize from the Association for Israel Studies for the best book in Israel Studies. She is currently in the midst of a second book project about collective memory in and around the European Jewish agricultural colonies (moshavot) established in late 19th-century Palestine. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2011.
- UCLA, Ph.D., History, 2011