Visiting Scholar Programs & Research Fellowships
Each year, Brandeis hosts dozens of scholars, artists and leaders from around the world for one-time lectures, extended residencies and visiting faculty appointments. The list below features just a sample of the visitors to Brandeis over the past few years.
Marysa Navarro Aranguren (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Madeleine Haas Russell Visiting Professor (Argentina)
Dr. Navarro is the Charles Collis Professor of History at Dartmouth College where she has taught Latin American history, women’s history, and women’s studies since 1968. She has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles on Argentine history (including a study of Eva Perón and Peronism), Brazilian history, general Latin American history, Latin American feminism, and women’s history. She was elected President of the Latin American Studies Association in 2003. Learn more about her here.Maoz Azaryahu
Anthropology/Schusterman Center for Israel Studies (Israel)
Maoz Azaryahu is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa. He has written extensively on urban landscapes, memory, and society, and has recently published Tel Aviv: Mythography of a City (2006). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Penn State University, and Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada. At Brandeis he taught a seminar on mythic Tel Aviv.
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (Israel)
Bracha Azoulay received her Ph.D from Northeastern University. She is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew program and has been teaching at Brandeis University since 1992. Her presentations and publications deal with Israeli families, integration and intercultural issues, topics of modeling and exposure to cultural aspects, foreign language through expressive arts, creative drama and use of active monologue in second language acquisition.
Professor of Coexistence and Conflict (Israel)
Daniel Bar-Tal is Branco Weiss Professor of Research in Child Development and Education at the School of Education and past director of the Walter Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence through Education, Tel Aviv University. His research interest is in political and social psychology studying socio-psychological foundations of intractable conflicts and peace making. Specifically, he studied the evolvement of the socio-psychological infrastructure in times of intractable conflict that consists of shared societal beliefs of ethos of conflict, of collective memory, and emotional collective orientations.
Joël Bellaïche is an Associate Professor of Mathematics who received the American Mathematical Society Centennial Fellowship in 2010. Bellaïche’s main interest is in the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture and more generally the Bloch-Kato conjectures. Those conjectures, still wide open, relate some analytic invariants of a motive over a number field (more specifically, the values of its L-function or its p-adic L-function) with some arithmetic invariant of the motive (e.g. the Mordell-Weil group of an elliptic curve). Bellaïche’s approach uses the theory of automorphic forms.
Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch
Schusterman Center of Israel Studies (Israel)
Michal is currently working on two research projects. In her first project, she evaluates the scope and political implications of the ideational and political alliance between the American Christian Right and the State of Israel. Her second project builds on her dissertation and evaluates the feasibility of introducing symbolic reparations into the negotiations over the Palestinian refugee issue.
FPI Spanish Fellow, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Chakrabarti is interested in understanding the role of dynamics of biomolecules in their function. He is a postdoctoral fellow with the Dorothee Kern Group. Research Areas: NMR spectroscopy, Biochemistry and Biophysics (Experiment).
Yue Chen is a lecturer of Chinese, specifically: CHIN 29b Pathways for Chinese Literacy; and CHIN 120b: Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language II. She received her B.A. from Beijing Language and Culture University.
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies (Israel)
Halamish's scholarship encompasses the history of Zionism, the State of Israel and the Kibbutz movement, Jewish immigration in the 20th century, and illegal Jewish immigration to Mandate-era Palestine. She is a member Israel’s Ministry of Education Committee on History. In 2008 she won the Hecht Prize of the Herzl Institute for the Research and Study of Zionism for her book Be'merutz Kaful Neged Hazman (A Dual Race Against Time: Zionist Immigration Policy in the 1930s). Further information on Professor Halamish can be found here.
Richa Jaiswal is a postdoctoral researcher in the Goode Lab. The lab takes a multi-disciplinary approach to studying the cytoskeleton, a highly dynamic network of interconnected tubes and fibers found in all living cells (eukaryotic and prokaryotic).
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies/Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (Israel)
Jobani comes to Brandeis from the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton where he was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Michael Walzer. Jobani received his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University in Philosophy.
Dr. Rohleder's main research interest is the interaction between the central nervous system with the periphery of the body. More specifically, research focuses on how state or trait changes in central nervous system activity affect biomedical health through efferent signaling pathways. For example, current projects address the question whether and how repeated stress exposure during the lifespan can lead to cumulative organ damage and thus accelerate the aging process.
Economics/International Business School (Germany)
Raphael Schoenle joined the department in 2010. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. His research uses micro price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to study how firms set prices and the implications for macro-economic modeling and policy.
English/American Literature (Japan)
Keiko Shirakawa is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in the Department of English and American Literature. She received her Ph.D. from Keio University, Tokyo in 2003. She is currently an associate professor at Doshisha University in Japan. She is an authority on American popular culture. While at Brandeis, she conducted research on the great seal of the United States, with its bald eagle, and on the importance in American iconography of Sacagewea, the Shosone woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their exploration of the West. She is teaching courses on eighteenth and nineteenth American literature.
Sammy Smooha is professor of sociology and former dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Haifa, as well as former president of the Israeli Sociological Society. The Israel Prize laureate for Sociology in 2008, Smooha specializes in ethnic relations in the world and Israel. He has published widely on the internal divisions and conflicts in Israeli society, especially on the relations between Mizrahim and Ashkenazim and between Arab and Jewish citizens.
Patricia Tovar’s primary research interest is in international trade, with emphasis on political economy and trade policy. Her recent work and current research focus on the effects of loss aversion on trade policy, the choice of inefficient redistribution policies in international trade, and preferential trade agreements and trade liberalization.
Below are just some of the international guests who presented lectures on Brandeis' campus in previous years.
Chan Heng Chee
Ambassador to the United States (Singapore)
Ambassador Chee paid a visit to Brandeis' International Business School under the auspices of the Asia-Pacific Center for Economics and Business. Participating in a discussion with students on the HBS case "Remaking Singapore," Ambassador Chan emphasized the role education plays in maintaining a healthy and growing economy. Read more about her visit.
Politician, Interior and Health Minister in the Cabinet of Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Denmark)
Haarder debated Brandeis Politics professor Jytte Klausen about Europe’s modern relations with its Muslim immigrants and new citizens, especially after the 2005 incident of a Danish newspaper’s publishing of cartoons depicting the Prophet and criticisms of Islam. Read more about his visit.
Ambassador to the United States (Sudan)
Khoc came to the university in order to lead a discussion about possible futures for the North and South regions of Sudan. He was brought to Brandeis in a joint effort by the Ethics Center and the Justice Peace Conflict Working Group. Read more about his visit.
Lawyer, Author, and current Yale World Fellow (Russia)
In his talk Lagodinsky addressed the challenges and assessed the perspectives for a substantial German-Jewish Renaissance. This event was sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies and the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry.
Current opposition leader of the Israeli Knesset and head of the Kadima party (Israel)
A wide range of issues pertinent to Israel were discussed, such as the role of American Jews in Israeli politics, the possibility of a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, and the appropriate way to criticize Israel. Read more here.
Ambassador to the United States (Germany)
Ambassador Scharioth spoke on “The Global Political Agenda: A European Perspective” to a packed room of guests. Scharioth's visit was sponsored by Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership and the Center for German and European Studies. Read more about his visit.
Professor of International Law (Russia)
Tuzmukhamedov discussed Russian Constitutional Law and how capital punishment was effectively banned by his country in response to international legal obligations. He is a Professor of International Law and Counsellor to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. Visit co-sponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry.
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Professor of Economics at Bonn University and Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (Germany)
Zimmerman examined the differing steps taken by the United States and Germany to cope with the global economic crisis and addressed why Germany is celebrating another “Wirtschaftswunder” -- economic miracle -- while the U.S. economy is still stagnating. Read more here.
Visual artist (Israel)
In honor of the Schusterman Center dedication on November 10th, and assisted by Brandeis students, Agassi created a symbolic performative installation composed entirely of red satin ribbons. This work offered an artistic alternative to the traditional "cutting of the ribbon" ceremony, as well as a celebratory gesture of gratitude for the gift of art.
Bakk to the Future: Lamine Toure and Group Saloum
Musician: Part of MusicUnitesUs Residency (Senegal)
The MUUS residency took an aural journey through traditional Wolof drumming to the popular Senegalese style mbalax, with elements of jazz, funk, reggae and Afrobeat. During the residency, griot musician Lamine Toure created a baak -- a unique traditional rhythmic phrase -- for Brandeis University, and taught it to the community. Residency events included open classes, a dance and drumming workshop, informal performances, discussions, and a final concert. Read more here.
Poet/Producer/Director/Filmmaker/Stage Designer (Iran)
Karimi-Hakak, a poet, author, translator and filmmaker who has written, produced, directed, and designed over 50 stage and screenplays in the U.S., Europe and Iran, was hosted by the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts for a day of lectures, discussions, a film screening, and a Persian/English poetry reading. Read the blog entry about his visit.
Simon Shaheen: Heritage Without Boundaries
Musician: Part of the MusicUnitesUs Residency (Palestine)
Shaheen, a Palestinian composer and oud and violin player and founder of ensemble Qantara, is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arab music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. The presence on campus of a world class performer who connects the past with the future will resonate with those looking at the roots of classical European music, traditional/classical Arab music and contemporary "world music".