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Mika Ahuvia

Assistant professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Middle East

Expertise: Archaeology of the Middle East, especially related to ancient Judaism and Christianity

Mika Ahuvia was born in Kibbutz Beit Hashita in northern Israel. She researches the formative history of Jewish and Christian communities in the ancient Mediterranean world. Specializing in Late Antique Jewish history, she works with rabbinic sources, liturgical poetry, magical texts, early mystical literature, and archaeological evidence. Her forthcoming book investigates conceptions of angels in foundational Jewish texts and ritual sources. She uncovers how angels made their way into the practices and worldview of ancient Jews and makes sense of why angels continue to play such an important role within and outside of institutional religious settings. She teaches courses in Jewish Studies, comparative religion, and global studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and is also the Stroum Center’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator.