Received her PhD in Arabic dialectology from the Hebrew University in 2008, and was appointed to the faculty of the University in 2009
Ori's dissertation was based on ten years of intensive field-work with Arabic speaking Jews who hail from the North Yemenite province, close to the Saudi border. At the same time, she worked as a team leader and main researcher of a large-scale project on Palestinian dialects, with the participation of two German universities and two Israeli ones. She has thus gained expertise in two different types of Arabic dialects: one is the spoken language of the Arabian Peninsula, where archaic linguistic features coexist side by side with innovative developments; the second is the Arabic which is spoken by the rural Palestinian population of central Israel (the areas around Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem), an area in which one can observe - perhaps better than anywhere else in the whole Arab world - the linguistic dichotomy between town and village.
Currently, Ori stands at the head of two projects supported by the Israel Science Foundation: the first follows the gradual change of attitude towards writing in local Palestinian dialects; the second deals with the ties linking communal identity to language, focusing on Arabic speaking Christians in Israel. In addition, she has recently won a research award for the study of the spoken language of Jews who lived in the villages of Lower Yemen, a group of dialects which exhibits a host of unique features.