Maya Barzilai is associate professor of Hebrew literature and Jewish culture at the University of Michigan. She holds a joint appointment at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the department of Near Eastern Studies, as well as affiliations with Comparative Literature and Germanic languages and literatures.

Her research interests include Hebrew-German literary relations, translation studies, wartime and postwar (Jewish) culture, and popular visual culture.

Her book, Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters, appeared in October 2016 with NYU Press. It received the Jordan Schnitzer Book Prize (2017) in the category of Jewish Literature and Linguistics.