Ra‘anan Boustan is Research Scholar in the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton, he was Associate Professor of Ancient and Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Boustan completed his B.A. in Classics at Brown University in 1994 and received an interdisciplinary Humanities degree (Vrij Doctoraal Letteren) in Classics and Religious Studies from the University of Amsterdam during his stay in the Netherlands as a Fulbright Fellow in 1994–95. In 2004, he completed his Ph.D. in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. He held a prestigious Harrington Faculty Fellowship in 2011–12 in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and has twice been a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (2003–4 and 2007–8).
Boustan is the author of From Martyr to Mystic: Rabbinic Martyrology and the Making of Merkavah Mysticism (2005) and co-author of The Elephant Mosaic Panel in the Synagogue at Huqoq (2017). He has co-edited eight books or special issues of journals and has published his work in leading journals such as Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Harvard Theological Review, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Journal of Late Antiquity, Medieval Encounters, and Studies in Late Antiquity. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for two journals, Jewish Studies Quarterly published by Mohr-Siebeck and Studies in Late Antiquity published by University of California Press.
Boustan’s research and teaching explore the dynamic intersections between Judaism and other Mediterranean religious traditions in late antiquity, with a special focus on the impact of Christianization on Jewish culture and society in late antiquity. Boustan is writing a book entitled The Holy Remains: Tokens of Cult and Kingship between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity, which traces the afterlives of sacred objects associated with the biblical past within the Jewish and Christian cultures of late antiquity. In addition, he is the site historian for the Huqoq Excavation Project in Lower Galilee and collaborates with Dr. Karen Britt on the publication of the newly discovered mosaic floor of the synagogue at Huqoq.