Ariel Horowitz is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature, focusing on Jewish literature in the second half of the twentieth century, and the ways Jewish writers in post-1945 America and post-1948 Israel-Palestine cultivate their understandings of history, memory, and working through the past. He is particularly interested in the works of, among others, Hannah Arendt, Yaakov Shabtai, Philip Roth, Nicole Krauss, and Aharon Appelfeld, as well as in Canaanism and post-Zionist thought.
Ariel holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the Hebrew University, and an MA in Comparative Literature from the Hebrew University. His MA thesis presented a comparative study of the writings of Jewish mysticism scholar Gershom Scholem and novelist Yaakov Shabtai, with relation to secularism and messianism. Other interests include political theology, literary theory, critical theory, memory studies, and the Novel.
Ariel is also a novelist: his debut novel, Our Finest, was published in Hebrew with Keter Publishing House in 2021 and won critical acclaim. Before coming to Stanford, Ariel worked as a journalist, contributing to some of Israel's leading news outlets.