Associate Research Scientist
Nicole Samuel is an associate research scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, where she has worked since 2005. She currently leads the ongoing evaluation of Hillel International’s Springboard Fellowship, the movement’s flagship program for early career professionals. Other recent work includes Advancing Jewish Retreating and Innovating JCCs.
Her portfolio includes Jewish institutions and organizations, formal and experiential Jewish education, and Jewish identity. With Amy L. Sales, she has conducted several studies of Jewish life and Israel education at overnight camp, including Limud by the Lake Revisited: Growth and Change at Jewish Summer Camp. Other previous projects include research on professional development in Jewish organizations, teen engagement in New York, and synagogues and synagogue change.
She received her MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women's Studies from Brandeis University in 2005, concentrating in Contemporary Jewish Life. She earned a BA in History magna cum laude from American University in Washington, DC.