2016 Scholars-in-Residence

Past Scholars-in-Residence

Current Scholars

The HBI scholar-in-residence program offers distinguished scholars, writers and communal professionals the opportunity to produce significant work in the area of Jewish studies and gender issues while being freed from their regular institutional responsibilities. HBI scholars-in-residence receive a monthly stipend (for up to 5 months), office space at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, and the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with HBI staff and faculty at Brandeis and surrounding institutions. Scholars-in-residence contribute to the life of the HBI by immersing in the institute’s weekly activities, participating in HBI conferences and programs, and delivering a public lecture. 

Roya Hakakian, Scholar-in-Residence
Yale Journalism Initiative
Project title: Girl in Transit: A Refugee’s Chronicle of Escape and Waiting

Roya Hakakian

A writer and journalist, Roya Hakakian works in film and print. Her reportage has been featured on network television, including CBS 60 minutes. Her opinions and essays have appeared in Time, the New York Times, and the NPR’s Weekend Edition among others. Her poetry in Persian has been translated and appear in anthologies, including the PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature. Her memoir, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran was among the Publisher Weekly's best books and Elle Magazine's Best Nonfiction in 2004. She’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction for her book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace. Roya is a founding member of Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. While in residence at the HBI, Roya will work on the next installment of her memoir focused on her escape from Iran, her wanderings in Europe, and her eventual arrival at the American Embassy in Vienna where she sought asylum.

Tally Kritzman-Amir, Scholar-in-Residence
College of Law and Business, Israel
Project title: Asylum Seeking Women in Jewish Democratic Israel

Tally Kritzman-Amir

Tally Kritzman-Amir, Ph.D., is an expert in the field of refugee law and policy which she studies from an interdisciplinary approach that draws on sociology, philosophical theory, and international and comparative human rights law. She has been a Polonsky Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and a Fox fellow at the Macmillan Center for International and Areal Studies at Yale. She is the editor of the book Where Levinski Meets Asmara: Asylum Seekers and Refugees In Israel - Social and Legal Aspects (Van Leer-HaKibbutz Hameuchad, 2015), the most comprehensive collection to date of articles on this topic. Tally currently heads a coalition of academics, NGOs, INGOs, and state officials on the rights of asylum seeking women and children. While at the HBI, Tally will continue her research on the gender-specific obstacles that confront asylum-seeking women in Israel.

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, Scholar-in-Residence
School of Communications, Sapir Academic College
Project: From Jerusalem to Lancaster County: Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women in the Modern World

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, Ph.D., studies gender within the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel with an eye to determining the nature of religious women’s epistemology. She seeks to understand and interpret media that is directed to them by the religious press. Her work traverses the disciplines of media studies, anthropology and Jewish studies and she has presented her findings in numerous chapters, articles, and conferences. Rivka is a returning scholar to the HBI. Her project in the spring is to continue working on her book that looks at the complex relationship between women in religious communities and the modern world through a comparison of women from the Old Order Amish of rural Pennsylvania and Ashkenazi Ultra-Orthodox Jews living in Israel.

Shira Wolosky, Scholar-in-Residence
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Project: Plural Memberships, Accountable

Shira Wolosky

Shira Wolosky, Ph.D., is a full professor in the Department of Hebrew and American Literature at Hebrew University. She is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on American poetry and literature, and her monograph on 19th-century American women’s poetry in the Cambridge History of American Literature is regarded as a seminal work on the topic. Shira is now focused on American Jewish women’s literature, and has written several influential articles on Emma Lazarus and Penina Moise. Her analysis combines combines literature and history, but also political theory and discourses of ethnicity, multiculturalism, transnationalism, and “post-identity.”

While at the HBI, Shira will continue her work on American Jewish women’s writing to examine the ways in which people form selfhood through participation in more than one community, without dissolving all borders and definitions of self and community. Her focus will be on the work of Anzia Yezierska.