Research Interests: Religions of the ancient Mediterranean, Jewish history in late antiquity, early Jewish/Christian relations
Ra‘anan Boustan is a Research Scholar in the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton, he was Associate Professor of Ancient and Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Boustan’s research and teaching explore the dynamic intersections between Judaism and other Mediterranean religious traditions in late antiquity, with a special focus on the impact of Christianization on Jewish culture and society. Boustan is the author of From Martyr to Mystic (2005) and co-author of The Elephant Mosaic Panel in the Synagogue at Huqoq (2017). In addition to editing numerous books, he is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journals Jewish Studies Quarterly and Studies in Late Antiquity. Boustan serves as the site historian for the Huqoq Excavation Project in lower eastern Galilee and collaborates with Dr. Karen Britt on the publication of the mosaic floor of the Huqoq synagogue.