Bilu is a professor of anthropology and
the Sylvia Bauman professor of psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(emeritus). His research interests
include folk religion, culture and mental health, and
the sanctification of space in Israel. A major focus of Bilu’s scholarship has been
the culture and religious practices of Moroccan Jews. He is the recipient of the first Bryce Boyer
Prize for the best paper in psychoanalytic anthropology (1986), and the
Stirling Prize for the best paper in psychological anthropology (1997), both
from the American Anthropological Association; the Bahat Prize (Haifa
University Press) for the best academic book in Hebrew, which dealt with Jewish
Moroccan saint worship in Israel; and the Israel Prize in sociology and
anthropology for 2013.
served as the chair of the psychology department (1992-4) and the head of the
Authority for Doctoral Students, both at the Hebrew University, and as the
president of the Israeli Anthropological Association (1989-1991). Bilu has been
a visiting professor at several American Universities including UC San Diego, Brandeis University,
Western Washington University,
and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has published four books and over 100
scientific papers. His recent book is: The
Saints’ Impresarios: Dreamers, Healers, and Holy Men in Israel’s Urban Periphery.
Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press (2010).