Meet the Graduate Fellows

This year, the Stroum Jewish Studies Program launched a brand new Graduate Fellowship program. Thanks to the generosity of community supporters,  four outstanding graduate students received $3,000 grants to support research related to Jewish Studies.

The goal of the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship is to build an intellectual community around Jewish Studies. Fellows participate in a workshop series to foster professional development and advance their research agendas. All awardees will present their work at a Spring Research Symposium on April 19th. Click here to see the full symposium schedule.

Our four graduate fellows for the 2012-2013 academic year represent three different departments. Each brings a unique perspective to the field of Jewish Studies and has great potential to contribute to the future of Jewish scholarship. Keep reading to find out more about their projects and to read selected blog posts.

Click here to access the application for the 2013-2014 Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship (due April 15th).


Yoav Duman (PhD Candidate, Political Science) – Political Impact of Asylum Seekers in Israel

Mickey Sreebny Memorial Scholarship in Jewish Studies

Yoav’s project considers issues of immigration, identity, and politics in Israel, as he focuses on Israel’s policy towards refugees from Sudan and Eritrea. This case poses a particularly complex challenge to Israel’s goal to be both Jewish and democratic, accepting refugees in need but also striving to maintain a Jewish majority within Israel.

Click here to read “Migration Stories,” a blog post explaining how Yoav became interested in immigration studies.


Anatoliy Klots (MA Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures) – Jews in Soviet Cinema of the 1920s-1940s

I. Mervin and Georgiana Gorasht Scholarship in Jewish Studies

Anatoliy’s research is an in-depth exploration of Jewish representation in the Soviet film industry of the early 20th century. He compares cinematic depictions of Jews as a means of examining the shifting Soviet attitudes towards nationality policy.

Click here to read Anatoliy’s fascinating overview of Jews in Soviet Cinema of the 1920s-1940s.


Veronica Muskheli (PhD Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures) – Magical Tales of Marginalized People

Richard M. Willner Memorial Scholarship in Jewish Studies

Veronika’s interest in Russian folktales led her to a mysterious Russian-Jewish ethnographer by the name of Tseitlin. An anthropologist in the mold of the famous S. An-sky, Tseitlin recorded the folktales of peasant women along the White Sea at the turn of the 20th century. Veronika’s research gives historical and cultural context to Tseitlin’s ethnographic activities.

Click here to read “St. Petersburg: New Pride, Old Prejudice?,” a blog post about contemporary Russian-Jewish identity, which Veronica wrote after conducting preliminary fieldwork in the former USSR this past summer.


Sarah ZaidesSarah M. Zaides (PhD Candidate, History) – Arkady Raikin and the Evolution of Russian-Jewish Cultural Expression

Philip Bernstein Memorial Scholarship

Sarah’s work studies the cultural and social histories of Jews in the Soviet Union, particularly around the early years of Israeli Independence. Her current project examines the historical enigma of Arkady Raikin, a yeshiva-educated Jewish actor who became one of the most famous satirists of the Soviet state. Her work uses the case of Raikin to engage broadly with the historiography of Soviet Jews and also employs the transnational histories of emigre communities in the United States and Israel.

Click here to read “Arkady Raikin and the Politics of Jewish Comedy,” where Sarah explains why this performer’s career is so resonant for her interests in Soviet Jewish history.


We thank our community supporters for making these fellowships possible!