Lee Mordechai

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lee Mordechai is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An expert on premodern disasters ranging from pandemics to earthquakes, Lee has published over 20 articles in historical and scientific journals, including two in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As part of his research, Lee has challenged existing understandings of premodern disasters while implementing approaches from contemporary disaster studies, as well as innovative methodologies. Lee was a postdoctoral fellow at SESYNC and is currently the principal investigator of the SESYNC team synthesis project, Past Answers to Current Concerns: Historical Cases of Navigating Socio-Environmental Stress. In 2017, Lee received his PhD in history from Princeton University, where he remains the Associate Director of Princeton’s Climate Change and History Research Initiative. Lee regularly offers classes on premodern disasters and their modern effects. He has discussed his work on many occasions in national and international venues such as CNN and the Washington Post, and more local venues such as the Israeli Haaretz and Israel Hayom. You can follow him on Twitter @LeeMordechai.

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2019 - 2020
Areas of Expertise
premodern history
environmental history
Mediterranean history
Research Interests
premodern diseases
premodern diseases
social history
historical memory
Methods of Expertise
qualitative analysis
network analysis
close reading
material culture