Dr. Lauren Berman

Dr. Lauren Berman

Dr. Lauren Berman

Department: English Unit
Current Position: Lecturer, English Unit, Coordinator of Advanced 1

Education :

Ph.D.2011, English Literature (Cum Laude). University of Haifa, Israel.

M.A.2007, Children’s Literature (Merit). University of Reading, UK.

M.A.2004, English Literature, University of Haifa, Israel.

Research Interests
  • 1. Folklore
  • 2. Children's Literature
  • 3. Fantasy Literature
  • 1. Advanced 1
  • 2. Advanced 2 (Software)
  • 3. Myths and Legends



Refereed Papers

  1. Berman, Lauren. “Rowling’s Devil: Ancient Archetype of Modern Manifestation?” The Journal for the Academic Study of Magic, 4 (2007): 163-196.
  2. Berman, Lauren. “Dragons and Serpents in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series: Are They Evil?”. Mythlore: A Journal of J. R. R Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature. 27: 1-2 [103-104] (2008), 45-65.
  3. Berman, Lauren. “Culture and Disease in The X-Files”. Journal of Popular Culture (under revision).
  4. Berman, Lauren. “Time Travel in Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic and Janet Lunn’s The Root Cellar”. The Lion & The Unicorn (in preparation).
  5. Berman, Lauren. “You are Who You Eat: Cannibalism in Myth, Folklore and Urban Legend”. Journal of Folklore (in preparation).
  6. Berman, Lauren. “The Death Motif in Robet Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Children’s Literature (in preparation).
  1. Berman, Lauren. “The Philosophy of Evil in Harry Potter.” (Under Revision, Taylor & Francis publishers).

Conference Proceedings and Abstracts

  1. Berman, Lauren. “Impaled on Its Own Sword: The Self-Destructiveness of Evil in the Harry Potter Series.” Proceedings of Accio 2008: A Harry Potter Series, Magdalen College, Oxford, July 25-26, 2008. Pp.16-21.

Academic Appointments

2010-present Lecturer, Gordon College of Education, Haifa English Literature

2005-present Teacher, Ort Braude College of Engineering Karmiel, English Studies Unit

2003-2008 Teacher, Ort Braude College of Engineering Gifted Children’s Center Advanced English for  gifted 8th and 9th graders

2003-2004 Neurocognitive Research Laboratory University of Haifa Preparatory course for the  MA entrance exam in English

Teaching Experience

ORT Braude College of Engineering:
Undergraduate Courses:Advanced English Level 1Advanced English Level 2 – SoftwareMyths and Legends
Gordon College of Education

Undergraduate Courses:Introduction to Prose and Drama20th Century LiteratureStyle and ComprehensionWritten ExpressionWriting and Editing

Academic and Professional Awards and Grants

2007 University of Haifa, Conference Participation Award
2003 University of Haifa, Excellence Scholarship
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