Lilian Handlin (PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; MA, Brown University) was associate professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1970–1977.  She resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lilian's interests include the history of ideas and social history.  She is the author of six books, including George Bancroft, Intellectual as Democrat (New York, Harper and Row, 1984) and Liberty in America, 4 vols., (New York, Harper and Row, 1986–1994), co-authored with Oscar Handlin. Her published articles appeared in the American Scholar, New England Quarterly, Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, and Perspectives in American History.

Lilian's most recent publication is a book chapter, “The King and his Bhagava: The Meanings of Pagan’s Early Theravada,” 103–179, in Peter Skilling et al. eds., How Theravada is Theravada? Exploring Buddhist Identities (Chiang Mai, Thailand, Silkworm Books, 2012).