Anita Shapira, an Israeli historian specializing in modern and contemporary Jewish history, is professor emerita in Jewish history at Tel Aviv University. In addition to various positions at Tel Aviv University, she also held several visiting appointments abroad. She was the founder and first director of the Rabin Center and has served in many public bodies such as the Council for Higher Education, the Claims Conference, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish culture.
Her many awards and distinctions include the Zalman Shazar Prize (2004) and the Israel Prize (2011).
She is the author of many published works such as Berl: The Biography of a Socialist Zionist, Berl Katznelson, 1887-1944 (1984), Land and Power, the Zionist Resort to Force, 1882-1948 (1992), and, more recently, Israel: A History (2013). Additionally, the biographies written by Shapira on David Ben-Gurion and Yosef Haim Brenner will be released the United States next fall.