Louise Bethlehem is a literary scholar and cultural theorist. She holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of English and in the Program in Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her book, Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and its Aftermath (Unisa Press, Brill 2006) investigates the role of literature in contexts of severe political oppression and resistance. She has co-edited nine volumes in the fields of South African literature, African Studies and Cultural Studies, including the prizewinning volume South African in the Global Imaginary (2001).

Between 2014-2019, Bethlehem held a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidators Grants for the project: "Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990." A full record of its research outputs is available here.

Bethlehem supervises a large cohort of graduate students and is an active member of the African Studies community in Israel.