What do graduate representatives do?
Your grad reps are there for you in many ways. Contact them if you want to:
- learn about the program from an experienced student
- get advice on housing, getting around town or navigating the Brandeis campus
- share questions or concerns about being a graduate student here
- suggest ideas for promoting social connections with your fellow students
Don't be bashful about contacting them!
NEJS Graduate Representatives
Karen Spira, Schusterman Scholar, is a second-year NEJS Ph.D. student. Karen will examine the reconstruction of Jewish family life in Israel among young Holocaust survivors, focusing on a group of child survivors from Slovakia and surrounding areas. She is particularly interested in strategies for effective Holocaust education.
Karen’s languages include Hebrew, German and Spanish; she plans to pursue Yiddish and Czech/Slovak, to facilitate her research in Israel and Europe. She received her M.A. at Brandeis in 2011.
Eric Harvey is a Ph.D. student, focusing on Bible and the Ancient Near East. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Colorado State University, an M.A. in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Languages from Fuller Seminary, and an M.A. from Brandeis.
He is primarily interested in the historical development of religious and cultural thought and literature throughout the cultures of the ancient Near East. More specifically, he is interested in mythological literature, the mythological background of the Hebrew Bible, and the reuse, reformulation, and transformation of texts and traditions over time.