Nicole Samuel, MA
Senior Research Associate
Nicole Samuel is a senior research associate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. She is the co-author of Engaging Jewish Teens: A Study of New York Teens, Parents, and Practitioners and Limud by the Lake Revisited: Growth and Change at Jewish Summer Camps.
Primarily a qualitative researcher, her portfolio includes Jewish identity, formal and experiential Jewish education, and Jewish institutions. Her previous work includes studies on Jewish life and learning and Israel and Israel education at overnight camp (for The AVI CHAI Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, and the iCenter), synagogues (for UJA-Federation of New York), Israel education for college and university students (for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation), and young adult service learning trips (for UJA-Federation of New York.)
She was a lead member of the research team mapping Jewish education in the United States for the Jim Joseph Foundation. Her current projects include JData, the census of Jewish education in North America, for which she works closely with national organizations including the Foundation for Jewish Camp, JCamp 180, and PEJE.
She received her MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women's Studies from Brandeis University in 2005, concentrating in Contemporary Jewish Life. She earned a BA in History magna cum laude from American University in Washington, DC.