Chanan Tigay

Chanan Tigay
Assistant Professor
Advisor, Thesis Reader
Available by Appointment
(415) 338-3155
Building: HUM
Room Number: 545
Office Hours: 
Wednesday: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm


Author of the forthcoming Unholy Scriptures: Fraud, Suicide, Scandal—and the Bible that Rocked the Holy City (Ecco/HarperCollins), and two long works of nonfiction, The Special Populations Unit: Arab Soldiers in Israel’s Army (McSweeney’s) and Nuclear Meltdown, released on the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan (Rodale Press). A shorter article culled from this work was recently shortlisted for the Folio: Eddies Award. Tigay was awarded the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s 2011-2012 Investigative Reporting Fellowship, where he worked on a documentary film about Israel’s opposition to the Iranian nuclear program for PBS “Frontline.” His journalism has appeared in publications including Newsweek, the Wall Street JournalNew York magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Jerusalem Post. Among other postings, he has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Jerusalem bureau of Agence France-Presse; the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the church abuse scandals for AFP’s New York bureau; the anthrax attacks and Ground Zero recovery work for United Press International; and the United Nations for The Jerusalem Report magazine. He has interviewed leading American politicians including Hillary Clinton and John McCain along with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres. Tigay has taught courses in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program on novel writing, the “writing life,” creative non-fiction, magazine and feature writing; and was a writing instructor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He has received residency fellowships at Yaddo, the Blue Mountain Center and the Mesa Refuge. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Jerusalem and raised in Philadelphia, Tigay is an assistant professor at San Francisco State.