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Jewish Studies Cluster Students

 

Arne Holverscheid
arneholverscheid2026@u.northwestern.edu
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
SavoyCurry2025@u.northwestern.edu
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).

Liza Bernstein
lizasb2026@u.northwestern.edu

Emma Davis
EmmaDavis2025@u.northwestern.edu
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
TomaszCebrat2026@u.northwestern.edu
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
LevDaschko2013@u.northwestern.edu
Lev Daschko is a doctoral candidate studying modern Eastern European history, with a focus on Bukowina in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. He has presented papers on Ukrainian-language press’ treatment of Jews in First World War Galicia and Bukovyna, and the impact of Jewish postcard makers on Habsburg Czernowitz. Lev is currently writing his dissertation on everyday borderland in Bukovyna, Moldavia, and Bessarabia. Topics of interest include urban history, visual studies, multiculturalism, Ukrainian-Jewish relations, and the First World War. Lev received an Honours B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2010 and an M.A. in History from the University of Western Ontario in 2012.

Rachel Merrill Moss
rachelmoss2020@u.northwestern.edu
Rachel Merrill Moss is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University and a 2018-2019 Fulbright grantee to Poland. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from CUNY Brooklyn College. Rachel’s dissertation examines a variety of stage and public performances in Poland, specifically exploring shifting representations of Jewishness from the interwar period to post-soviet era, in conversation with changing modes of national identity formation and memory work. At Northwestern, she is a member of the Jewish Studies cluster and the Buffett Institute Russian and Eastern European Studies working group. Rachel has presented work at the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and the Polish-Jewish Studies Working Group. She is the 2017-2018 Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus of ASTR.

Vanda Rajcan
vandarajcan@u.northwestern.edu
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
Anastasiyanovatorskaya2026@u.northwestern.edu
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 Ozkan
MahmureOzkan2023@u.northwestern.edu
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 affect and temporal politics of language loss. Idil worked as TA at the Department of Sociology at Istanbul Bilgi University (2014-17). As co-founder of YATOC (The Study Group on Jewish Communities) in Istanbul Bilgi University, she co-organized a number of roundtables and academic workshops on Jewish Studies in Turkey.

Bogdan Pavlish
BogdanPavlish2022@u.northwestern.edu
Bogdan Pavlish studies early modern history of Eastern Europe with a focus on Poland, Ukraine and Russia. He is particularly interested in cultural, religious and intellectual history of the region. His current research project explores different modes of negotiating and managing religious diversity in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 16-17th centuries. He earned his bachelor and master degrees in Political Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and a master degree in Comparative History from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
 
Anastasiia Simferovska
AnastasiiaSimferovska2023@u.northwestern.edu
Anastasiia Simferovska is a PhD student at the NU Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She wrote her MA thesis on Isaak Babel’s Red Cavalry (1926) focusing on the ways Babel used Judaic sacred and profane time to build his chronotope. Anastasiia is also a PhD candidate in Art History at the Lviv National  Academy of Arts, Ukraine. She wrote her art history dissertation on Jewish, Polish, Armenian, and Ukrainian portraits in the turn-of-the- century Lviv (Lwow, Lemberg), a major Austrian and Polish multi-ethnic East European city of the time. In her scholarly endeavors, Anastasiia focuses on the intersection of the visual and the verbal in 1900-1945 Eastern Europe, particularly on the multi-ethnic territories of the former Habsburg Galicia. Her interests also include Jewish art during the Holocaust, and the transformation of artists' identities in the 20 th  century with a focus on Jewish artists. Anastasiia presented the results of her research at the international conference “Shoah in Ukraine” (Sorbonne, Paris, Spring, 2017), at the EHRI seminar (Center for Urban History, Lviv, Fall, 2017), and at the TKUMA Institute for Jewish Studies (Dnipro, Ukraine, Fall, 2018).

Amanda Stein
AmandaStein2012@u.northwestern.edu
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
omritubi2015@u.northwestern.edu
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
arkweiner@gmail.com
Ariel Weiner is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literary Studies (CLS) with a home department in German, and holds a Mellon Fellowship in Jewish Studies, as well as a Doctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She received an Honors B.A. in Classics and Religious Studies in 2015 from the University of King’s College in Halifax. Her areas of research include the work of Walter Benjamin, continental philosophy, media and communications theory, psychoanalysis, hermeneutics, and 20th century Jewish thought, particularly regarding questions of language, mediation, and perception.

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