Ada Rapoport-Albert  is Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and Head of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL. In addition to her extensive work on Hasidism, her interests include gender issues in the history of Judaism, especially the gendered perception of the ascetic life and its implications for the Jewish mystical tradition. She is currently completing a book entitled Female Bodies – Male Souls: Asceticism and Gender in the Jewish Mystical Tradition, and has published a monograph in Hebrew on the position of women in the 17th-19th century messianic heresy of Sabbatai Zevi and his successors, including the Polish adventurer Jacob Frank and his daughter Eva.