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Re’ee Hagay

4th Year Ph.D. Student

Re’ee Hagay

Educational Background

  • MA, 2016, Tel Aviv University, Sociocultural Anthropology
  • BA, 2013, Tel Aviv University, Sociology and Anthropology


Re’ee Hagay is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, he is the grandson of immigrants from Baghdad, Beirut, and the Atlas Mountains. He received his BA in Sociology and Anthropology and MA in Sociocultural Anthropology from Tel Aviv University. In the dissertation thesis he is shaping here at Cornell, he develops a critical perspective on modern nationalism through an ethnographic and archival inquiry into the connections between sound, memory, and exile in Mizrahi Jewish culture in Israel/Palestine. He is interested, moreover, in the political conditions of knowledge production as rooted in the tension between official and independent archives. He has been presenting his work in academic conferences worldwide, and was awarded grants from Cornell Jewish Studies, The Jonathan Shapira Foundations, The Mellon Foundation, and more.


  • Near Eastern Studies


  • Modern Middle Eastern Jewish culture
  • Diaspora and nationalism
  • Politics of memory and forgetting
  • Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies
  • Ethnographic research and writing