Dina Roginsky teaches Modern Hebrew language and culture in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University since 2010.
Roginsky received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology (Magna Cum Laude, 2006) and her M.A. in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude, 1998) from Tel Aviv University and completed a post-doctoral research in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. Before joining Yale she taught Hebrew and Israel Studies courses at the University of Toronto.
Her research interests focus on the intersection between culture, history, politics and performance. Her doctoral dissertation Performing Israeliness analyzes the 100 year social history of the Israeli Folk Dance Movement. Roginsky is the co-editor of the books Dance Discourse in Israel (2009, Resling press) which explores the field of Israeli dance research and Sara Levi-Tanai: A Life of Creation (2015, Resling press) which acknowledges the multifaceted contribution of a Jewish-Yemenite woman artist who operated in pre-state Israel. She is currently working on her third book titled Moving Through Conflict: Jewish-Arab Relations in Israeli Dance.
Publications in Refereed Journals
(2016) “Chains of Authenticity: Cultural Negotiation of Identity between Israeli and American Jewry”. Israel Affairs (English, in press).
(2013). “Folk Dance: Jewish and Israeli”. Pp. 162-167 in the Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore, Raphael Patai and Haya Bar-Itzhak, (eds.) New York: M. E. Sharpe, Inc. (English).
(2012). “On the Symbolic and Physical Body: The Representative and Impaired Body in Israeli Folk Dancing”. Israeli Sociology, 13(2):53-82 (Hebrew).
(2011). “Structural Changes and Cultural Meanings in the Israeli Folk Dance Movement.” Pp. 315-327 in Perspectives on Israeli and Jewish Dance, Judith Brin-Ingber (ed.). Wayne State University Press (English).
Roginsky, D. (2009). “The National, the Ethnic and in-Between: Sociological Analysis of the Interrelations between Folk, Ethnic and Minority Dances in Israel”. Pp. 95-125 in Dance Discourse in Israel, Henia Rottenberg and Dina Roginsky (eds.). Tel Aviv: Resling Press (Hebrew).
(2008) “The Question of Classification in Folkloric Dance Research: An Israeli Case Study of Applied Theoretical Analysis.” Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore, 24/25: 383-411 (Hebrew).
(2007) “Folklore, Folklorism and Synchronization: Preserved-Created Folklore in Israel.” Journal of Folklore Research, 44(1):41-66 (English).
(2007) “Bureaucratization of Folklore: Institutionalization of Israeli Folk Dancing.” Sadan: Studies in Hebrew Literature, 6: 223-267 (Hebrew).
(2006) “Nationalism and Ambivalence: Ethnicity, Gender and Folklore as Categories of Otherness.” Patterns of Prejudice, 40(3): 237-258 (English).
(2006) “Orientalism, Body, and Cultural Politics in Israel: Sara Levi Tanai and the Inbal Dance Theater.” Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues, 11: 164-197 (English).