Prof. Gadi Sagiv

Gadi Sagiv is an associate professor in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Judaic Studies at The Open University of Israel. His field of research is modern Jewish history, in particular, Eastern European Hasidism. Sagiv is the author of several books, including The Chernobyl Hasidic Dynasty and Its Place in the History of Hasidism (published in Hebrew in 2014); Modern Jewish Messianism (an Open University textbook, 2019); and Jewish Blues: A History of a Color in Judaism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022). He is the coeditor of Habad: History, Theology, Image (2016); and coauthor of Hasidism: A New History (Princeton University Press, 2017).

Sagiv is currently engaged in several digital projects on Hasidism with two of the most prominent scholars of Hasidism, Marcin Wodziński (University of Wrocław) and Uriel Gellman (Bar Ilan University). One of these projects, funded by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and conducted at the Open University in collaboration with the DHSS Hub, focuses on the historical digital analysis of Hasidic stories from 1814 to 1914.