Meet The Staff

Andrew Flagel

Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment
Executive Director, Young Leaders Conference

Andrew Flagel

Andrew Flagel is senior vice president for students and enrollment at Brandeis. He supervises the offices of admissions, community living (housing), athletics, financial aid, student accounts, the Hiatt Career Center, the Health Center, the Interfaith Chaplaincy, the Intercultural Center, Student Activities, Global Youth Summit and others serving the Brandeis community. He also teaches periodic courses, most recently in the theater department.

Prior to joining Brandeis in 2011, Andrew was associate vice president for enrollment development and dean of admissions at George Mason University. There he also taught in the Department of Communication, was executive director for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference and the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, and served as advisor to the university band and the Jewish Student Association.

Before George Mason he was the director of admissions at the University of Michigan-Flint. He also served as the director of enrollment management for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and as a regional director of admissions at George Washington University (GW).

Andrew earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy and Master of Arts in education and human development from GW. He received his Ph.D. in education with a concentration in communication from the College of Education at Michigan State University. 

2016 Faculty Mentors

Chen Arad

Chen, originally from Hod HaSharon, Israel, is currently the Subscriptions Marketing Manager, North America for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz. He is also a regular blogger for the publication, and a U.S. correspondent for Israel's TV Channel 20. Formerly, Chen worked as an Israel Defense Forces Foreign Press Spokesman, as a News Editor for the popular Israeli website Ynet, and fundraising campaign director for the Israel Cancer Association. 

 Chen graduated from Brandeis in May 2015, having majored in history, East Asian studies and politics, and is currently a candidate for a dual MA/MBA at the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. As an undergraduate student, he co-founded Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (bVIEW), a student-run grassroots movement and conference seeking to create a more constructive discourse regarding Israel on American college campuses.

Liora Norwich

Liora Norwich received her PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2014. Her field is comparative politics, specifically comparative ethnic conflict and social and political mobilization. Her dissertation was entitled "Minority Nationalist Mobilization in Deeply-divided societies: A Case Comparison of the Quebecois and the Arab-Israelis." Currently she is at work on a number of projects, including one exploring legal mobilization of linguistic minorities and another on transnational ethnic mobilization. Previously, Liora helped to establish the Glocal Community Development Studies program at the Hebrew University, and she has also taught at the Herziliya Interdisciplinary Center and at Concordia University in Montreal. Before joining the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis Liora spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies in Montreal. At Brandeis Liora is teaching two courses in the Politics Department: Israeli Politics in Comparative Perspective, and Politics and Ethnicity in Israel: Social Movements and Collective Action.

Karen Spira
Karen Spira (M.A. ’11) is a PhD candidate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) at Brandeis University. She is also a Schusterman Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Her dissertation focuses on the education, care, and rehabilitation of Jewish orphans in the yishuv through the establishment of the State. In addition to her M.A. in NEJS at Brandeis, she holds an M.A. in Religion from the University of Georgia ('09). 

In 2010, she was awarded a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace to study Hebrew at Middlebury College. She is also the recipient of the US Department of Education's Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship in 2013. She did extensive research in Israel for her graduate work, while living there from 2013-2014.  Karen has both taught and assisted with university courses for the last ten years and recently taught the University Writing Seminar (UWS) to first year freshman on Zionism and Israeli identity and culture. While she completes her dissertation, she is currently teaching Israel Studies topics to retirees in a Hebrew senior living community. 

Karen lives in Watertown with her husband and two year old son.