Dr. Renana Keydar

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

Renana Keydar, Changing the Lens on Survivor Testimony: Topic Modeling the Eichmann Trial, Jewish Studies Quarterly (2022)

Renana Keydar, Yael Litmanovitz, Badi Hasisi, Yoav Kantor, Modeling Repressive Policing: Computational Analysis of Protocols from the Israeli State Commission of Inquiry into the October 2000 Events, Law and Social Inquiry (2022) 

Mohr Wenger, Tom Kalir, Renana Keydar, Gabriel Stanovsky, Automated Extraction of Sentencing Decisions from Court Cases in the Hebrew Language, Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Natural Legal Language Processing (2021)

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

Renana Keydar, ‘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)

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