Mika Ahuvia

Project Description

Portrait of Mika Ahuvia in suit jacket, smiling

Director, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

Herbert L. & Lucia S. Pruzan Chair in Jewish Studies

Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Ph.D. Princeton University (2014)

Contact Information:
E-mail: mahuvia@uw.edu
Phone: 206-685-0891
Office: Thomson 224
Office Hours: Contact for appointment
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Faculty Profile

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 book “On My Right Michael, On My Left Gabriel: Angels in Ancient Jewish Culture” investigates conceptions of angels in foundational Jewish texts and ritual sources. In the book, Ahuvia 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.

Ahuvia 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.

Public Scholarship