Ziva Shavitsky is a Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature. She is a former Director of The Centre for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Melbourne. Her areas of teaching and research cover Biblical Literature as well as modern Hebrew Language and Literature. Her publications include articles and chapters dealing with Biblical topics and Modern Hebrew authors. She has also co-authored a Lexicon based on the commentary of Ibn Ezra. She has been President of The Australian Association of Jewish Studies as well as co-editor of the Australian Journal for Jewish Studies.