Department of History

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  • Ziva Galili
  • Distinguished Professor Emerita of History
  • Degree: Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, 1980
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers from 1981-2017
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Additional Degree:

  • BA, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1970



For much of my academic life, I have studied and taught the social and political history of Russia in early 20th century, especially the revolutionary years before, during and after 1917. In recent years, my research has focused on the history of Zionism in Soviet Russia of the 1920s and the impact of ideologically committed immigrants from the Soviet Union on the formation of Jewish society in Palestine and the State of Israel. 

I am currently at work on a history of my own parents, tracing their early lives in Soviet Russia, their turn toward socialist-Zionism, and their engagement with the kibbutz movement in Palestine.  Tentatively titled “From Russia to Palestine and Elsewhere: The life and work of Klara and Lasia Galili of Kibbutz Afikim,” the study is conceived in a dual key – with me, the author, present both as a historian and as my parents’ daughter.  Among the concerns addressed in this work are the methodological questions and narrative strategies implicated in this dual approach.

A second project under way, “Zionist Parties and Organizations in Soviet Russia, 1917-1934. A Documentary Edition,” will make available to historians a trove of documents from Russian and Ukrainian archives of the Soviet security services, the Communist Party, and other Soviet agencies.  It will trace the complex interactions between the Soviet authorities and the Zionist organizations active on Soviet territory in the 1920s and early 1930s, as well as the ideological, programmatic and organizational evolution of 15 Zionist parties, youth movements, and training organizations.


  • 510:271  Russia and the West
  • 510:378  Jews and Revolution in Modern Russia
  • 506:391  Kibbutz: Social Utopia & Nationalism
  • 506:401  History Seminar: Methodologies of Personal History
  • 506:402  History Seminar: The Russian Revolution



  • Exiled to Palestine: The Immigration of Zionist Convicts from Soviet Russia, 1924-1934. With Boris Morozov. Routledge, London, 2006.
  • Men'sheviki v bol'shevistskoi Rossii ("The Mensheviks in Bolshevik Russia"). 4 volumes. Co-editor with A. Nenarokov. Rospen. Moscow:, 1999-2004.
  • Men'sheviki v 1917 godu ("The Mensheviks in 1917"). 4 volumes. Co-editor with A. Nenarokov. Progress-Akademiia & Rospen, Moscow, 1994-1997.
  • The Menshevik Leaders in the Russian Revolution: Social Realities and Political Strategies. Princeton University Press, 1989. (Translated into Russian as Men'shevistskie lidery v Russkoi revoliutsii: sotsial'naia real'nost' i politicheskaia strategiia, Respublika, Moscow, December 1993).


  • Tsiyonut Rusya ha-Sovyetit, 1917-1939" (Zionism in Soviet Russia, 1917-1939), Hatsiyonut le-Ezoreiha: Heibetim geo-tarbutiyim. 2 vols., ed. Alon Gal. Jerusalem, 2009, pp. 91-133.
  • “Zionism in the Early Soviet State: Between Legality and Persecution,” Revolution, Repression, and Revival. The Soviet Jewish Experience. Ed. Zvi Gitelman and Yaacov Ro’i. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, New York, 2007, pp. 37-67.
  • “Archives and Historical Writing: The Case of the Menshevik Party, 1917,” Archives, Documentation and Institutions of Social Memory. Essays from the Sawyer Seminar, edited by Francis X. Blouin Jr. and William G. Ronseberg, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2006, pp. 443-450.
  • “The Soviet Experience of Zionism: Importing Soviet Political Culture to Palestine,” Journal of Israeli History, Vol. 24, No. 1 (March 2005), pp. 1-33.
  • “Merchav ha-Pe’ula ha-Tziyoni be-Russiyah ha-Sovyetit bi-shnot ha-esrim” [Opennings for Zionist Activity in Soviet Russia in the 1920s], Iyunim bi-tkumat Israel, Volume 14 (Winter 2004), pp. 479-508.


  • Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement and Exceptional Service to Rutgers University, 2008
  • Residential fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, 2003
  • Senior Research Fellow, W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, Columbia University, 1992-1993
  • Trustees' Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University, 1987
  • Research Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (1989), National Endowment for the Humanities (1985), International Research and Exchange Board (1984).
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Russian Institute, Columbia University, 1979-1980.


  • Acting Executive Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, 2006-2008
  • Vice-Dean, Graduate School-New Brunswick, 1997-2002
  • Chair of History Department & Director of Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, 1994-1997, 2003-2006

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