Participants

Conveners

Laura Jockusch is an assistant professor of Holocaust studies at Brandeis University, where her research and teaching focus on the social, political, cultural, and legal histories of European Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust. Her first book, Collect and Record! Jewish Holocaust Documentation in Early Postwar Europe (2012), examines the beginnings of Holocaust research by Jews and from a Jewish perspective immediately after the liberation from Nazi rule. She also served as co-editor of Jewish Honor Courts: Revenge, Retribution, and Reconciliation in Europe and Israel after the Holocaust (2015). Her ongoing research project investigates how Jews conceptualized legal redress after the unprecedented crime of the Nazi genocide of European Jews.

Elisabeth Gallas is a chief research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, where she heads the law unit. Her research interests include Holocaust studies, postwar history in Europe and the United States, Jewish history of law, and twentieth century intellectual history and history of memory. She has been a research fellow at various prestigious institutions, including at the Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry and the Minerva Research Center, both at the Hebrew University. Her recent publications have considered the efforts of Hannah Arendt and others to establish a human rights regime. She is the author most recently of Das Leichenhaus der Bucher: Kulturrestitution und judisches Geschichtsdenken nach 1945 (2013).

Round-table Discussants

Ron Liebowitz became president of Brandeis University in July 2016. Prior to joining Brandeis, he was a professor of geography and Russian studies at Middlebury College, where he went on to serve as provost and then president. His scholarship has focused on fiscal federalism, intraregional economic relations, and the nationality question in the former Soviet Union. He is currently working on a multiyear research project with his wife, Jessica, on the future of U.S. doctoral education, assessing both its far-reaching impact on education at all levels and its illumination of the deepest challenges facing higher education today.

Stephen Whitfeld is professor emeritus of American civilization at Brandeis University. He has published widely on American political and cultural history as well as American Jewish history, including In Search of American Jewish Culture (1999), and the highly  acclaimed The Culture of the Cold War (1991). Whitfeld is currently working on a political history of Brandeis University.  

Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. He is also past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. He has published numerous books on American Jewish history, including his award-winning American Judaism: A History (2004), When General Grant Expelled the Jews (2015), and Lincoln and the Jews: A History (2015).

Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, where she researches the history of American Jews. She is the author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation (2006) and served as general editor for the award-winning three-volume City of Promises: A History of Jews in New York City (2012). Her most recent book, Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People (2017), synthesizes those three volumes.  

Workshop Participants

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. His research examines Nazi war crimes and links between total war and genocide, as well as antisemitic stereotypes in flm. His many books include Hitler's Army (1991), Germany's War and the Holocaust (2003), The "Jew" in Cinema (2005), and Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz (2018). He is currently conducting research for a new book tentatively titled Israel-Palestine: A Personal Political History.

Leora Bilsky is a professor of law at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and holds a JSD from Yale University. A previous Fulbright fellow at Yale, she has directed TAU's Minerva Center for Human Rights since 2012. Her research focuses on law after the Holocaust, political trials, transitional justice, international criminal law, civil liability for atrocity, and feminist legal theory. She is the author of Transformative Justice: Israeli Identity on Trial (2003) and The Holocaust, Corporations and the Law: Unfnished Business (2017). Her current research is on the human right to truth and on cultural genocide and restitution.

Elizabeth Borgwardt is an associate professor of history and law at Washington University in St. Louis, a permanent faculty affiliate at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg, and recently served as the Richard and Anne Pozen Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Chicago. She is the author of A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights (2005) among other publications. Her current projects include two books, The Nuremberg Idea: Crimes against Humanity in History, Law & Politics (under contract); Commerce and Complicity, on corporate abuses of human rights; and the edited volume Rethinking Grand Strategy (under contract).

G. Daniel Cohen is the Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Associate Professor of History at Rice University, where he studies modern France and Europe, as well as human rights and migration. His 2012 book, In War's Wake: Europe's Displaced Persons in the Postwar Order, explores Europe's refugee crisis in the wake of World War II, and his current research deals with civilian and non-combatant refugees in modern warfare, as well as Jewish displacement in Europe from 1945 to 1948.

Alon Confno is professor of history and Jewish studies and Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is the director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. He is writing a book on 1948 in Palestine that crafts two narratives: one is based on the experience of Palestinians, Jews, and British based on letters, diaries, oral history, and photographs, and the second places 1948 within the global perspective of decolonization, forced migrations, partitions, and the post-1945 international order. His book ’48: A History in Fragments will appear in Israel later this year.

Lawrence Douglas is the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College. His research has been primarily devoted to exploring the possibilities and limitations of war crimes trials as tools for responding to mass atrocities, as well as the power of the law to shape social meaning. His book, The Memory of Judgment (2001), explored the didactic uses of such trials, and he is currently working on a book tentatively called A Jurisprudence of Atrocity, which aims to offer a synthetic understanding of the law's response to the worst human rights violations.

Arie Dubnov is an associate professor of history and the Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies at the George Washington University, where he researches modern Jewish and European intellectual history, with a subsidiary interest in nationalism studies. He is the author of Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal (2012) and the editor of the collection Zionism - A View from the Outside (Hebrew, 2010). He currently seeks to trace the genealogy of the idea of partition in the British interwar imperial context, and to uncover other alternative, neglected federalist political schemes circulating at the time.

David Ellenson is the director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and a visiting professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He is chancellor emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and served as president of HUC-JIR from 2001 to 2013. His research interests include the origins and development of Orthodox Judaism in Germany during the nineteenth century; Orthodox legal writings on conversion in Israel, North America, and Europe during the modern era; and the relationship between religion and state in Israel. He has authored or edited seven books, and his After Emancipation won the National Jewish Book Award.

Lisa Fishbayn-Joffe is a lecturer in philosophy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University and the Shulamit Reinharz Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She is an expert on the political philosophy of multiculturalism, women's rights under Jewish family law, and on the intersection between secular and religious family law. She co-edited Gender, Religion and Family Law: Theorizing Conficts between Women's Rights and Cultural Traditions (2012) and is the editor of the Brandeis University Press Series on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law, as well as associate editor of the HBI Series on Jewish Women.

Donna-Lee Frieze is a genocide studies scholar with the Contemporary Histories Research Group and a graduate research academic skills advisor at Deakin University in Melbourne. She was a research fellow at Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights in 2015-2016. She has published widely on the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, and the Bosnian genocide. She is the editor and transcriber of Raphael Lemkin's autobiography, Totally Unoffcial (2013) and co-author of "The Interior of Our Memories": A History of Melbourne's Jewish Holocaust Centre (2015).

Rotem Giladi is a university lecturer at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. His research deals with the history of international law, with a focus on the history, culture and ideology of the laws of war, human rights, international courts, and other institutions. He also works on the political and ideological aspects of Jewish engagement with international law in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently working on several research projects, including a publication titled Rites of Affrmation: Progress and Immanence in International Humanitarian Law Historiography.

Udi Greenberg is an associate professor of history at Dartmouth College, where his research focuses on modern European thought, and more particularly, on political institution building and religious thought. His frst book, The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War (2014), uncovers the intellectual, political, and institutional forces that shaped Germany's reconstruction after World War II. More recently, he has been working another book, tentatively titled Religious Pluralism in the Age of Violence: Catholics and Protestants from Animosity to Peace 1870-1970, which explores the intersections between modern religious thought and global politics.

Atina Grossmann is a professor of history at the Cooper Union in New York City. Her publications include Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany (2007) and Wege in der Fremde: Deutsch-jüdische Begegnungsgeschichte zwischen New York, Berlin und Teheran (2012). She recently co-edited Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union (2017) and The JDC at 100 (forthcoming 2018). She is currently working on one project entitled "Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories of Displacement, Trauma, and Rescue in the Soviet Union, Iran, and India," as well as another on the entanglements of family memoir and historical scholarship.

Peter Krause is an assistant professor of political science at Boston College and a research affliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. His research and writing focus on Middle East politics, political violence, and national movements. He recently published Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win (2017) and a co-edited volume Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (2018). He was formerly a research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, as well as at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School.

James Loeffer is an associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in Jewish and European history, as well as international history and human rights. His frst book, The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire (2010), won several awards, and he recently published Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (2018), which looks at the forgotten Jewish political roots of contemporary international human rights. He is currently co-editing a forthcoming volume, The Law of Strangers: Critical Perspectives on Jewish Lawyering and International Legal Thought (2019).

Yehudah Mirsky is an associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, where he teaches Jewish thought, Israel studies, and human rights. He previously worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and also served in the Clinton administration as special advisor in the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He has written widely for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist and various other publications. In 2014, he published his acclaimed book, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution.

Samuel Moyn is a professor of law and history at Yale University. His research interests include European intellectual history and human rights history, as well as legal thought in historical and current perspectives. His 2010 book, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, explores many of these themes, and his most recent book, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018), analyzes how and why we chose to make human rights our highest ideals, while simultaneously neglecting the demands of broader social and economic justice.

Avinoam Patt is the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, where he also directs the Museum of Jewish History. His frst book, Finding Home and Homeland: Jewish Youth and Zionism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust (2009), examines the appeal of Zionism for young survivors of the Holocaust and their role in the creation of the State of Israel. He is co-editor of an anthology of contemporary American Jewish fction entitled The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction (2015), and is currently writing on the early postwar memory of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

Moria Paz is a fellow at both the Center on National Security and the Law (Georgetown University Law Center) and Stanford Law School. She is a legal scholar focusing on the intersection of immigration law, international law, law and security, international organizations, and human rights, and her papers appear in numerous journals, including the Harvard International Law Journal and the European Journal of International Law. She is the author of the forthcoming Network or State? International Law and the History of Jewish Self-Determination (2018) and co-editor of The Law of Strangers – Critical Perspectives on Jewish Lawyering and International Legal Thought (2018). 

Devin Pendas is an associate professor in Boston College's Department of History, where his research focuses on war crimes trials after World War II, and particularly on West German Holocaust trials. He is also co-chair of the Contemporary Europe Study Group at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He was the co-editor of Political Trials in Theory and History (2017) and is currently working on two projects: a history of Nazi trials in German courts in all occupation zones from 1945 to 1950; and a synthetic history of law and mass violence in the modern period.

Derek Penslar teaches at Harvard, where in July 2018 he will assume the William Lee Frost Chair in Modern Jewish History. His work encompasses the history of the Jews in modern West and Central Europe, North America, and Palestine/Israel. He is particularly interested in the relationship between modern Israel and diaspora Jewish societies, global nationalist movements, European colonialism, and post-colonial states. His most recent publication was Jews and the Military: A History (2013), and he is currently writing two books: Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader and Zionism: An Emotional State.

John Plotz is a professor of English at Brandeis University, specializing in Victorian literature, the novel, politics, and aesthetics. His 2000 book, The Crowd: British Literature and Public Politics, examines crowds, riots, and demonstrations in Britain's public scene and their infuence on literature between 1800 and 1850. More recently, he published Semi-Detached: The Aesthetics of Virtual Experience since Dickens (2017), which takes a historical and critical look at the halfway-thereness that audiences have long comprehended and embraced in their aesthetic encounters.

Na'ama Rokem is an associate professor of modern Hebrew literature and comparative literature in the University of Chicago's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Rokem's scholarship focuses on modern Hebrew and German-Jewish literature, and her frst book, Prosaic Conditions: Heinrich Heine and Spaces of Zionist Literature (2013), argues that prose played an instrumental role in the literary foundations of the Zionist revolution. She is now writing a book about the encounter between Paul Celan and Yehuda Amichai.

Gil Rubin is an Israel Institute postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. He recently earned his PhD in modern Jewish history from Columbia University, where he wrote his dissertation titled, "The Future of the Jews: Planning for the Postwar Jewish World, 1939-1946." His research focuses on Jews in Eastern Europe, the Holocaust, and the history of pre-state Palestine and the State of Israel. 

Eugene R. Sheppard is associate director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and associate professor of modern Jewish history and thought in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis. His interests include modern German-Jewish thought and the infuence of European Jewish refugees on public life and academia in the  United States. He is the author of Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile: The Making of a Political Philosopher (2006). Sheppard is associate editor of the Tauber Institute series and managing co-editor with Samuel Moyn of the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought published by Brandeis University Press.

Rephael Stern is in the third year of his doctoral program in history at Harvard University, where he works on international legal, Jewish, and Middle Eastern history. He is writing a dissertation on Israeli legal and economic expertise within the context of global decolonization and postcolonial state formation. He received an MA in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University in 2014, where he was a FLAS fellow and wrote a prize-winning thesis entitled "A Vestige from the Days of the British Mandate?: Emergency Law, Detainment, and Prisons in Early Israel, 1948-1950." 

Leigh Swigart oversees the Brandeis Institute for International Judges, Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project, and other activities and programs in the feld of international justice at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. A linguistic anthropologist by training, she is the co-author of The International Judge: An Introduction to the Men and Women Who Decide the World's Cases (2007). Her academic work and publications have focused on the challenges of language and cultural diversity in international criminal courts and tribunals, language use in post-colonial Africa, and African immigration and refugee resettlement in the United States.