Dr. Renana Keydar

Dr. Renana Keydar

Renana Keydar is an assistant professor of law and digital humanities at the Hebrew University since July 2020. She heads the Alfred Landecker Digital Humanities and is teh founder and director of the teaching program in digital humanities at the Hebrew University.  Keydar is the recipient of the prestigious Alon Fellowship for outstanding young researchers. Keydar received an LLB in law and a BA in political science from Tel Aviv University (magna cum laude) and served as a legal advocate in the Israeli State Attorney’s Office, High Court of Justice Department. Upon receiving her doctorate in comparative literature from Stanford University, Keydar was first selected as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Minerva Center for Human Rights and then as a research fellow in the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University. Today Keydar is an affiliated faculty at the Center for Interdisciplinary Data Science Research and at the Federmann Cyber Security Research Center and is a visiting researcher at the Poetic Media Lab at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis.



PhD, comparative literature, Stanford University, 2015

LLB, Law (magna cum laude), Tel Aviv University, 2003

BA, Political Science (magna cum laude), Tel Aviv University, 2003.


Representative publications

Listening from Afar: An Algorithmic Analysis of Testimonies from the International Criminal Courts, Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy (2020).

Lessons in Humanity’: Re-evaluating International Criminal Law’s Narrative of Progress in the Post 9/11 EraJournal of International Criminal Justice 17.2 (2019), 229-257.

Everyone’s Child’: The Challenge of Judging Israeli Soldiers in the Shadow of the  Conflict, Law, Culture and the Humanities(2019), DOI 10.1177/1743872119852078.

Renana Keydar, Mass Atrocity, Mass Testimony, and the Quantitative Turn in International Law, Law and Society Review 53.2 (2019) 554-587.

Imagined Justice: Civil Society, Literature and Critical Transitional Justice in IsraelTheory and Criticism 50 (2018), 371-390 (Hebrew).