Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner

Executive Director, Woolf Institute

After completing her doctorate on Judaeo-Arabic letters at the University of Cambridge, Esther-Miriam Wagner worked as a Research associate at the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Unit, Cambridge University Library, before joining the Woolf Institute in 2013. Her main research interests include the Cairo Genizah, Judaeo-Arabic, historical linguistics of Arabic and Yiddish, sociolinguistics, scribal practise, and Jewish-Muslim relations in Egypt and Muslim Spain as reflected in the Genizah sources. As Director of Research (and Acting Director for the first half of 2019), she is involved in strategic and operational plans for research at the Woolf Institute, and in the development and coordination of projects, working closely with the Institute’s Research Fellows. She also teaches the MPhil in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (Pathway A: Muslim-Jewish Relations).