Current Scholars-in-Residence


The HBI scholar-in-residence program offers distinguished scholars, writers and communal professionals the opportunity to produce significant work in the area of Jewish studies and gender issues while being freed from their regular institutional responsibilities. HBI scholars-in-residence receive a monthly stipend (for up to 5 months), office space at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, and the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with HBI staff and faculty at Brandeis and surrounding institutions. Scholars-in-residence contribute to the life of the HBI by immersing in the institute’s weekly activities, participating in HBI conferences and programs, and delivering a public lecture.

Current Scholars-in-Residence

Summer 2014

Ofra Greenberg

Ofra GreenbergDr. Ofra Greenberg is a senior lecturer at the Western Galilee College in Israel. She is a social anthropologist who specializes in medical anthropology. At the HBI, she returns to her Ph.D. research on relations among staff and inmates of a women’s prison, taking a new perspective derived from the concept of “women’s time.”

Dr. Greenberg has published the following Hebrew language books: Wizo: A Voluntary Women's Association in a Society in the Making (co-authored with Hanna Herzog), Women in Jail in Israel, A Development Town Visited, and Ness-Ammim: Life Amid Contradiction.

Fall 2014

Elizabeth Graver

Elizabeth GraverElizabeth Graver’s fourth novel, The End of the Point, was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award in Fiction and selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  Her other novels  are Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unraveling. Her story collection, Have You Seen Me?, won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories; Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Best American Essays.  She teaches at Boston College. At the HBI, she will be working on a novel based on the life of her grandmother, a Sephardic Jewish woman who migrated from Turkey to Barcelona to the United States.

Nelly Las

Nelly LasDr. Nelly Las is a researcher in Jewish History and Women’s Studies, affiliated with the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her fields of research include Contemporary Jewish history (Zionism, anti-Semitism, history of French Jewry, Jewish NGOs) and gender studies (women in Jewish history, Jewish women in feminist movements, analysis of contemporary Jewry through the prism of gender).

Lilach Lurie

Lilach LurieLilach Lurie is a lecturer (tenure track) at the Department of Labor Studies in Tel-Aviv University. Lurie researches and teaches the fields of employment law, labor law, pension law and gender equality. While at the HBI, Lurie will devote time to her project "Unequal Pay to Jewish Women: The Historic Origins of the 'Family Supplement' in Israel." Lurie received an LLM and a PhD from the Law Faculty of Tel-Aviv University after receiving an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was a visiting researcher at Georgetown University, a Lady-Davis post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a post-doctoral fellow at Bar-Ilan University. Her articles were published in leading international and Israeli journals and won several awards. Her book Employment and Social Security Laws in the Twenty First Century was recently published by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Press.

Emily Sigalow

Emily SigalowEmily Sigalow is a PhD candidate in the departments of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Sociology (joint program) at Brandeis University, where her focus is on the sociology of religion, ethnicity, gender, and culture, particularly as related to contemporary Jewish life. Emily received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and a M.A. from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva, Israel. Her dissertation project examines the Jewish encounter with Buddhism in the United States and asks broader questions about how religions adapt and change in relation to one another, historically and in everyday life. Emily's previous research analyzed how religion affects people's decisions about career choice, marriage, residency, and number of children; how gendered stereotypes are perpetuated in Jewish children's books; and how young American leaders construct ideas of "Jewishness." Her work has been previously supported by the Berman Foundation, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Mellon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Research Circle on Democracy and Pluralism, and the Tauber Institute.

Past Scholars-in-Residence