Ilan Troen '63
Director and Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies
Ilan Troen is director of the Schusterman Center and is the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies. Before joining Brandeis, he served as director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives in Sede Boker, Israel, and dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at Ben-Gurion University.
He has authored or edited numerous books in American, Jewish and Israeli history. He is also the founding editor of Israel Studies (Indiana University Press), an international journal that publishes three issues annually on behalf of Brandeis and Ben-Gurion University.
His most recent book publications include Jewish Centers and Peripheries: European Jewry Between America and Israel 50 Years after World War II (1998); The Americanization of Israel (2001), with Glenda Abramson; Divergent Jewish Cultures: Israel and America (2001), with Deborah Dash-Moore; Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement (2003); with Jacob Lassner, Jews and Muslims in the Arab World; Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined (2007); and most recently with Maoz Azaryahu, Tel-Aviv, the First Century: Visions, Designs, Actualities (2012) and with Donna Divine, Zionism in the Twenty-First Century (Forthcoming in 2014).
Rachel Fish '13
Rachel Fish is associate director of the Schusterman Center. She recently completed her doctoral degree in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department at Brandeis University. Her dissertation, "Configurations of Bi-nationalism: The Transformation of Bi-nationalism in Palestine/Israel 1920's-Present," examines the history of the idea of bi-nationalism and alternative visions for constructing the State of Israel. Rachel has worked as an educator and consultant in various capacities in the Jewish community and higher education, teaching about Zionism and Israeli history at Brandeis University, UMASS Amherst and the Me’ah Adult Jewish Education program. At Brandeis she teaches the Myra Kraft seminar on Israel at the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.
JoAnn Leavitt is assistant director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Prior to coming to Brandeis, JoAnn worked as program coordinator for an executive education program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also worked for 17 years as administrator at the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit think tank in Cambridge.
Senior Program Coordinator
Anina Selve is senior program coordinator at the Schusterman Center. She lived in Israel for 17 years where she worked in community theater and conference organizing before becoming marketing communications manager at Gilat Satellite Networks. She then lived in the UK before moving to the Boston area.
Keren Goodblatt is the Schusterman Center’s communications specialist. Before coming to Brandeis she was the student life coordinator at Hebrew College and speaks Italian and French, as well as Hebrew. Prior to her current role she was information architect for Jellyfish, our online resource center, and managed recruiting campaigns.
Sylvia Fuks Fried
Director of Publications
Sylvia Fuks Fried is the Schusterman Center’s director of publications. She also serves as the executive director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and is associate editor of the Tauber Series with Brandeis University Press/UPNE. In 2013, she was appointed director of Brandeis University Press.
Kristen Mensing is the Schusterman Center’s department coordinator. Before coming to Brandeis she was the program coordinator for the Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program at Babson College. She also worked as a Quality Specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers.