Maya Barzilai is Associate Professor of Hebrew literature and Jewish culture in the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan. She is also affiliated with the Department of Comparative Literature and Germanic languages and Literatures.

She researches modern Hebrew literature in comparative and multilingual contexts, focusing on Hebrew-German literary exchanges and translations in the early to mid-twentieth century. Her broader interests also include Weimar cinema, Israeli visual culture,  and post-war poetics.


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

Her second book, Golem, How He Came into the World, is a detailed study of Paul Wegener’s 1920 Weimar film classic. Published in the Camden House German Film Classics series, the book  situates the 1920 film in the cultural, historical, and social contexts of post-World War I Germany.