Senior Associate Fellows


Maina Chawla Singh, Ph.D is an Associate Professor at the University of Delhi and Scholar-in-Residence at American University in Washington DC. She has also taught courses on Contemporary Israeli Society at Georgetown University. Author of Gender, Religion, and “Heathen Lands:” American Missionary Women in South Asia (1860s – 1940s) New York: 2000, she has lectured widely at international institutions including Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, Cornell and the Library of Congress. Between 2005-2008, Singh researched and lectured in Israel at Bar-Ilan, Haifa and Tel Aviv universities. She was Haddasah-Brandeis Scholar-in-Residence (2008) and Fellow, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University (Summer 2009).
 Her book Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland is based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork conducted among Indian Jewish communities in Israel. She recently spoke at Brandeis about her manuscript, "Writing Our Lives," about Jewish women who migrated from India to Israel.  

Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein, Ph.D is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University. In 2005 Yarden completed her Ph.D. in education at the Tel Aviv University, becoming the first Ethiopian woman to earn a doctorate in Israel. In 2010 Yarden finished the manuscript to a book (in Hebrew), which she will be translating into English and publishing in the US. In addition, her article, “How Illiterate People learn: Case Study of Ethiopian Adults in Israel”, is being reviewed by The Journal of Literacy & Technology. This coming year, Yarden will be working on a new research project which she leads, titled “Literacy and Life Skills of Immigrants’ in the U.S, in the Areas of: Human Capital, Cognition, and Literacy”.