Naama Harel holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Comparative Literature from the University of Haifa (2009). Before joining the faculty at Columbia University, she has taught Modern Hebrew, Hebrew literature and Israeli culture at Emory University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Shanghai International Studies University. Dr. Harel’s research interests and published works focus on Hebrew language, literature and culture, as well as Animal Studies. Her current book project, Jews and Other Animals: Interspecific Encounters in Judaic Literature, which examines Hebrew literary works through the lens of the Jewish tradition of compassion for animals (Tza'ar Ba'alei Chayim), integrates her interest in both Hebrew literature and Animal Studies.