Irit Aharony was born in Israel. She received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature from Bar Ilan University in Israel. She has been teaching at Harvard since 1996, and is serving as the head of the Modern Hebrew Program since 2008. Her fields of interest are: Hebrew and Israeli literature, Israeli culture, the influence of the Bible on Israeli literature, Israeli cinema, and the question of place and space in Israeli literature. Dr. Aharony is also interested in pedagogical methods of language teaching and in multimedia language class environment.