David Motzafi-Haller

David Motzafi-Haller is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. His current project follows Zionist involvement in regional and international circuits of infrastructure construction and economic development through a global micro-history of the families of mid-range employees at Solel Boneh. He hold a B.A. and an M.A. (summa cum laude) in History from Tel-Aviv University.

Situated in the intersection between transnational social history and historical ethnography, his academic interests lie in the making of ethno-classes in Israeli Jewish settler society, the sociology of experts, and the cumulative effects of the transnational development encounter in the mid 20th century.

His academic work thus far has been published in Katedra, Journal of Israeli History, Mashriq & Mahjar, and Middle Eastern Studies. A language aficionado and part time translator of prose, scholarship and poetry, his work as a translator and editor has appeared in numerous peer reviewed journals, collected volumes and popular outlets.