Hi there!
I am a Senior Lecturer (aka Assistant Professor) of Statistics and Data Science and Digital Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before that, I was a Phillip Griffiths Assistant Research Professor at Duke University's math department as well as at the Rhodes Information Initiative, where I was privileged to be working with Prof. Ingrid Daubechies. Even before that, I have completed my Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Tel-Aviv University (my thesis) under the mentoring of Prof. David Levin. My MSc was co-mentored by Prof. Levin and Prof. Israel Finkelstein from the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations. 

My research ranges between analysis of high dimensional data from a geometrical perspective and the application of mathematical and statistical methods in digital humanities (see the PROJECTS tab).

I am looking for excellent students or postdocs interested in the Humanities and with a strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) background to join my lab.

Please contact me through the email below.

Recently, I received the Dan-David Scholarship of 2020 for my contribution to history using computational methods, as well as the 2020 AMS-Simons Travel Grant.

Other than that, I am a flute player (see the MUSIC tab), and I am a math-therapist (yes... it is an oxymoron - but it is real - if you are interested, ask me about it! or just visit the MATHERAPY tab)

email: Barak.Sober@mail.huji.ac.il

My academic CV


Some of my research even made it to the public media.

See below some selected interviews conducted with me and my colleagues regarding the Computerized Paleography project:


Widespread Literacy In Biblical-Period Kingdom Of Judah 

New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists


A High-tech Quest to Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Israelite Letters


Revealed in Israel, a 2,600-Year-Old Request for Wine