Faculty and Staff

Jehuda Reinharz returned to the directorship of the Tauber Institute in 2011, after serving as president of Brandeis University from 1994 to 2010. He continues to serve as general editor of the Tauber Institute publication series and Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History. In January 2011 he became president of the Mandel Foundation.

Reinharz has edited, authored and co-authored many articles and books, including: Glorious, Accursed Europe;  The Scientific God: Popular Science in Hebrew in Eastern Europe in the Second Half of the 19th Century (with Yaacov Shavit); Anti-Semitism in Germany Today: A Mainstream Phenomenon (German), coedited with Monika Schwarz-Friesel; and The Road to September 1939: The Yishuv, the Jews of Poland and the Zionist Movement (Hebrew).

The third and final volume of his biography of Chaim Weizmann is forthcoming.

Eugene R. Sheppard is associate director of the Tauber Institute 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 influence 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) and co-editor with D. Myers of Babylon and Jerusalem: Engaging the Thought and Legacy of Simon Rawidowicz.

Sheppard is managing co-editor with Samuel Moyn of the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought published by Brandeis University Press.

Sylvia Fuks Fried is executive director of the Tauber Institute. She is associate editor of the Tauber Institute publication series and the Brandeis University Press representative to the editorial committee of the University Press of New England. Fried serves on the executive committee of the Center for German and European Studies and as director of publications for the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

In July 2013, Fried was appointed director of Brandeis University Press.

Miriam Hoffman is the senior administrator and program coordinator for the Tauber Institute. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Queens College, New York, and an associate degree in interior design and space planning from Mt. Ida-Chamberlain College in Boston.

A native of Israel, Hoffman held several teaching positions in Hebrew day schools in New York City before coming to Brandeis in 1999. She also administrates the Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness and coordinated the Schusterman Center’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies.

Golan Moskowitz, a doctoral student in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies at Brandeis, provides editorial support on the Tauber Institute publication series in addition to administrative and programming assistance.  His joint M.A. thesis in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Women's & Gender Studies uses interviews, literature, and other studies to consider post-Holocaust positioning through gendered and postmodern lenses. 

Irina Astashkevich, a visiting research associate of the Tauber Institute, holds a PhD from Brandeis University.  Her dissertation is titled “Pogroms in Ukraine 1917-1920: An Alternate Universe.”  Astashkevich received her MA in History, Jewish History and Archives from the Project Judaica – a joint project of the Russian State University of Humanities, Historical Archival Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research in New York. She has worked in various archives in Russia, Lithuania, and the US, as well as in Jewish philanthropic organizations, such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Moscow.