Omer Michaelis is a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow in Dept II and a Polonsky Visiting Fellow at Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Previously, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Standing Committee on Medieval Studies. He completed his PhD dissertation at Tel Aviv University.
Omer specializes in medieval Jewish thought and philosophy in the Islamicate world. He focuses on the production and integration of the new in medieval Judaism, particularly in the areas of Jewish philosophy, theology, and Kabbalah. His current research centers on the ideas and practices operative in the emergence of individual authorship in different genres of Medieval Jewish writing as well as on the creative power of forgetting knowledge in Medieval Judaism.
He is a junior founding member of Tel Aviv University's Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies, which is dedicated to the integrated study and teaching of the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian traditions. In Israel, he also headed a research group on Jewish Political Thinking at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and served as a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Israel Democracy Institute.