Orel Beilinson is a historian of modern Europe in a Eurasian context specializing in the history of education, work, and the family. His dissertation project, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me: Coming-of-Age in the Other Europe” charts the history of young adulthood in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe in an age of industrialization, total wars, and authoritarian politics. His research creates historiographical bridges between territories once covered by three empires – Austria-Hungary, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire – drawing on comparative-historical sociology, comparative literature, and historical linguistics as well as sources in two dozen languages.
His research was presented and published on both sides of the Atlantic. His most recent article, “Social Stratification and Career Choice Anxieties in Nineteenth-Century Central Europe,” was recently published in the Journal of Social History. Orel’s research was funded by multiple bodies within Yale University and outside of it. These include Yale’s European Studies Council, Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, and Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; as well as the Visegrad Fund, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and the Institute of Contemporary History in Slovenia.
Orel received his B.A. (2019) in general history from Tel Aviv University and her M.A. and M.Phil. in Russian and Eastern European history from Yale University. Before coming to Yale, he spent his military service teaching Middle Eastern Studies and languages. His teaching at Yale included twentieth-century European history, intellectual history, thesis writing in the humanities and social sciences, and the Humanities program’s Life Worth Living seminar.