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Dissertations and Job Placements

View NEJS Ph.D. dissertations and job placements from 1954 to 2015.


"...the fruits of what I have gained from NEJS continue to enrich my students and my own children in the next generation, as a veritable structure for the life and spirit of my family.”

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2015-2016 Alumni News

Jason Olson, PhD '16, combines spirituality with academics in his role as Navy Chaplain. 

>Article by Simon Goodacre


Joshua PicardNEJS BA ’16, has been accepted into Princeton University’s PhD program in Near Eastern Studies.


Aaron Weinberg, Brandeis alum, has been named as Jewish outreach director for the Democratic National Committee.  Aaron received his BA in Sociology with triple minors in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Hebrew Language and Literature, and Social Justice and Social Policy.  He earned his MA in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership program in 2015.  He will be focusing on Jewish communities in swing states and also liaise with Jewish members of Congress as part of his outreach.  To read more, go to the Jewish  Telegraphic Agency.


Zev Eleff, PhD '15, received the prestigious Salo Baron Dissertation Award, for the best dissertation in the field of Jewish History and Culture in the Americas over the past three years. Congratulations to Zev as well as Jonathan Sarna (his dissertation advisor) for this incredible achievement!

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Malka Simkovich
joined Catholic Theological Union as a Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies in Hyde Park. She received her PhD from Brandeis in August 2015.


Allyson Gonzalez joined the Department of Religion at Florida State University with a two-year post-doctorate position. She received her PhD from Brandeis in August 2015.


Chelsie May is currently a PhD student at the University of Chicago in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations under the advisement of Dr. Orit Bashkin. She received her M.A. from Brandeis in May 2013.