Dr. Ayala Levin, a postdoctoral researcher in APARTHEID-STOPS, is an architectural historian specializing in twentieth century architecture and urbanism.
She was awarded a PhD from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, for a dissertation critically examining Israeli development aid in the fields of architecture and construction in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia from 1958 to 1973. Her current research explores how the apartheid experience informed the work of prominent South African architects who established themselves in key professional and academic positions in the US, Israel, and England. Levin has received various grants and fellowships, including Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the Graduate Research Fellowship of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University. Before joining the project, Levin taught at Columbia University and Pratt Institute in New York, and co-chaired a group project for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.