Although the Schusterman Center is not a degree-granting institution, it supports GSAS doctoral students whose dissertation research focuses on Israel.
These Schusterman Scholars are part of the intellectual hub of students, faculty and visiting scholars that make up the Center. Bi-monthly seminars on Israel Studies enrich their academic coursework.
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Scroll below for profiles of our current Schusterman Scholars.
Aviv Ben-Or, NEJS
Aviv is broadly interested in Hebrew literature and the Jewish literary tradition and more specifically in regard to Arab-Jewish identity. His research will be looking at the Hebrew and Arabic works of Shimon Ballas and Sami Mikhael, both Baghdad-born Jewish authors who have lived in Israel since the 1950s. He will be spending the rest of 2013 in Israel conducting dissertation research.
Zeynep Civcik, NEJS
Eric Fleisch, NEJS
Eva Gurevich, NEJS
Mostafa Hussein, NEJS
An alumnus of Al-Azhar University in Cairo (M.A. 2009), Mostafa’s research interests center around the intellectual and cultural exchanges between Jews and Muslims. His work focuses on the period beginning with the rise of academic Jewish studies (Die Wissenschaft des Judentums) in the mid-19th century to the present. Mostafa hopes to further explore the works of Jewish Islamicists in the German Academy and the Institute for Oriental Studies at the Hebrew University in Mandatory Palestine.
Susanna Klosko, NEJS
Susanna received her B.A. in History with a minor in Russian Studies from the College of William and Mary. In fall 2013 she is in Israel researching her dissertation, which examines mental health care at the turn of the century. She compares Palestine's first mental hospital, Ezrath Nashim, to international welfare organizations for Palestine's Jews. In doing so, she examines how the language of poverty and debility used by such institutions inscribed the relationship between the healthy and the sick.
Ari Moshkovski, NEJS
A student of Israeli and Middle Eastern history and politics, Ari's research interests focus on the roles of security, religion and nationalism in Arab-Israeli relations. He holds a BA (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MA from Queens College, CUNY. Ari co-founded the Queens College Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding, funded by a US Department of Education grant.
Idan Rochell, History
Idan's MA research at the University of Haifa focused on the diplomatic history of the US-Israeli relationship with regard to water development. His doctoral research will examine the mutual geopolitical interests and common democratic tradition underlying the US-Israel relationship and both sides' decision-making.
Jason Olson, NEJS
Jason is in his 4th year as a PhD candidate and conducting research on the question of Christian support for and opposition to the state of Israel. His dissertation will show how Christian solidarity with the State of Israel shifted from the liberal Protestants before 1967, to the conservative Protestants post-1967, and how the rise of both the Likud party and the Christian Right in American has transformed the US-Israeli relationship itself.
Gangzheng She, NEJS
Gangzheng received his B.A in Hebrew Culture and Literature from Peking University. He used to work for China Development Research Foundation and the Organizing Committee of Guangzhou Award. His research interests focus on domestic politics and foreign policies of Israel during the Cold War, China's evolving engagement in the Middle East and in particular Sino-Israel relations.
Karen Spira, NEJS
Karen's doctoral work focuses on the intersection of Holocaust history and the State of Israel. She is spending the academic year 2013-14 in Europe and Israel researching the reconstruction of Jewish family life in Israel among Czechoslovak Holocaust survivors. Proficient in Hebrew, she is pursuing Slovak during the summer of 2013 as a FLAS fellow through the U.S. Department of Education.
Amber Taylor, NEJS
Amber graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in Spanish Translation, and completed her MA at Brandeis in 2012, with her thesis, “Ezra Taft Benson and the State of Israel: A Mormon American Leader's Support for the Jewish State.” Her doctoral studies will continue to examine the history of American Christian relations with Israel. In addition to Spanish, Amber knows modern Hebrew, and plans to master Biblical Hebrew for her research.