YUVAL NOAH HARARI is the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is now a lecturer in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also teaches a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled A Brief History of Humankind.
Harari specialized in World History, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions: What is the relation between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded?
He won the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in 2009 and 2012. In 2011 he won the Society for Military History’s Moncado Award for outstanding articles in military history. In 2012 he was elected to the Young Israeli Academy of Sciences.
He lives with his husband in moshav Mesilat Zion near Jerusalem.