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Prof. Raz Chen-Morris

Prof. Raz Chen-Morris
Department Chair
Humanities Building, Room 6513. Office Hours: Wednesday, 10:30-12:00

Raz Chen-Morris holds an M.A. (cum laude, in the history of medieval and Renaissance science) and a Ph.D. (2001) from Tel Aviv University. Throughout his studies Chen-Morris taught at several high schools and colleges, among them IASA High School in Jerusalem, The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and Seminar Hakibbutzim. For From 2003-2014 he was a senior lecturer at the STS graduate program at Bar Ilan University. Today Chen-Morris is an associate professor in the History department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He has published widely on Renaissance science, concentrating on Kepler’s optics. His major publications to date are: Measuring Shadows: Kepler's Optics of Invisibility (forthcoming 2015); with Ofer Gal, Baroque Science (2013); “Optics, Imagination, and the Construction of Scientific Observation in Kepler’s New Science”, The Monist (2001); “Shadows of Instruction: Optics and Classical Authorities in Kepler’s Somnium”, Journal for the History of Ideas (2005); “From Emblems to Diagrams: Kepler’s New Pictorial Language of Scientific Representation”, Renaissance Quarterly (2009); (With Ofer Gal) “Baroque Optics and the Disappearance of the Observer: From Kepler’s Optics to Descartes’ Doubt”,  Journal of the History of Ideas (2010); with Rivka Feldhay, "Framing the Appearances in the Fifteenth Century:Alberti, Cusa, Regiomontanus, and Copernicus" (2017). He has published two books on early modern science: together with Ofer Gal Baroque Science (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013); and more recently Measuring Shadows- Kepler's Optics of Invisibility (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2016).

Currently his research is entitled “Vision Contested”, examining the disputes over visual experience in the early stages of the New Science concentrating on Kepler's Dioptrice, setting it in a rich artistic and literary contexts and examining its political implications on the formation of early modern notion of sovereignty.

Chen-Morris is married and has three children, living on the slopes of the Judean Hills over the Ella Valle.