Jewish Studies Cluster Students
Arne Holverscheid is a first-year PhD student in the Political Science Department at Northwestern University. He is interested in political behavior and methodology, with a focus on political accountability, voting behavior and corruption. Arne also has an active interest in Israeli politics and, more generally, in comparative perspectives within political science. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Munich as well as an MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics. Before graduate school, he worked in financial crime prosecution and management consulting.
Savoy Curry is a second-year PhD student in the History Department. Her studies focus on gender and sexuality during the medieval period. She is particularly interested in the relationships between Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women, and their connections to broader religious movements in Western Europe throughout the 10th-15th centuries. Prior to her studies at Northwestern, Savoy earned an Honors BA in History and Medieval Studies at Binghamton University (SUNY).
Emma Davis is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science. She is interested in modern Jewish political thought, international relations theory, and post-colonial thought. She received an MSt in Jewish Studies from Oxford University and BA in Political Science from Vassar College.
Tomasz Cebrat is a doctoral student in History. His interests focus on modern East Central Europe Israel. He studies the shared cultural and intellectual origins of Israel and East Central European nation states as well as the distinct ways people living in these nation states negotiated the relationship between their religious and national attachments in the second half of the twentieth century. Tomasz is especially interested in the ways national and religious ideas are brought to life in societies by engaging emotions, through performative practices such as the performance of music.
Lev Daschko is a doctoral candidate studying modern Eastern European history, with a focus on Bukowina in the late-nineteenth and
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Rachel Merrill Moss is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary
Vanda Rajcan is a doctoral candidate in Modern European History, specializing in Central and East Europe, Holocaust history, comparative genocide, and the history of minorities. Her dissertation, “Unpopular Justice: Holocaust-related Crimes in Slovak People’s Courts, 1945-1947,” investigates how the Slovak government used the retributive courts, a legal system established in 1945 to address crimes committed during World War II, to promote and legitimize postwar political, religious, and national programs. Slovak courts ((slovenské ľudové súdy) not only redefined the wartime state’s collaboration with Nazi Germany and its complicity in the murder of Slovak Jewry, but also revealed deeper political, social, and religious tensions that connected them to the legacy of World War II, the complicated relationship between Czechs and Slovaks, nationalism, the Cold War, and Holocaust memory. She has presented her project extensively in the United States and across Europe. Rajcan has held fellowships from several institutions including Northwestern University, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Auschwitz Jewish Center, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Fellowship). During the 2020 calendar year, she will be in residence at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Anastasiya Novatorskaya studies modern Eastern European history with a focus on early twentieth-century Ukrainian and Polish nationalism. She earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.
Idil Ozhan is a linguistic anthropology doctoral student at Northwestern University. Her dissertation project investigates the 2015 citizenship offer of Spain to Sephardic Jews, exploring language ideologies, citizenship, transnational migration, and the understandings of homeland and belonging among Turkish Sephardic Jews. Having a BA in sociology from Bogazici University, and an MA in Cultural Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, her MA thesis dealt with the
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Amanda Ruppenthal Stein is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Musicology and is the 2018-19 Crown Graduate Fellow of the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern. She holds degrees in music history (thesis: “‘My Own Kaddish:’ Finding a Jewish Voice in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ and Other Works”) and clarinet performance, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and, in 2016, earned a Teaching Certificate through NU’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching. Amanda's dissertation (working title: “Sounding Judentum: Assimilation, Art Music, and Being Jewish Musically in 19th Century Germany”) explores how art music served as an avenue of assimilation for 19th century German-speaking Jews and challenges existing scholarly narratives on musical expressions of Judaism and Jewishness by musicians during this period. As a recipient of a Northwestern University Graduate Research Grant, she traveled to Jerusalem and conducted research in the Friedrich Gernsheim archive at the National Library of Israel. She has presented at national and regional conferences including the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Association for Jewish Music. In early 2019, Amanda will be joining members of the Cantors Assembly as part of a solidarity mission and recording project celebrating 100 Years of the Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda.
Omri Tubi is a doctoral candidate at the sociology department. His research focuses on the relationship between public health campaigns and state-formation. Omri's dissertation examines the contribution of American Jewish public health organizations working in Palestine and Israel and maintained by American Jewish bodies to Israeli state formation. Specifically, he focuses on issues of elite relations and models of institutional development. Omri holds a BA in sociology and anthropology and history from Bar Ilan University and an MA in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University. He was a 2020-2021 recipient of a Global Impacts fellowship from Northwestern's Buffett Institute and is currently the recipient of the 2021-2022 Crown Graduate Fellowship. Omri's work appeared in the journal Theory and Society and won awards from the American Sociological Association.
Ariel Weiner is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literary Studies (CLS) with a home department in