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2020 AJS Conference Mentorship Program

The Association for Jewish Studies invites early career scholars and graduate students to participate in the annual conference’s mentorship program. Mentees will be matched with a scholar to discuss various aspects related to career development and the publication and grant-writing processes, among other potential topics. Mentees will meet online with their mentors at a mutually agreed upon time during the month of December.

To apply to the mentorship program, complete the application form by Friday, November 20. Applicants, who must be current (January – December 2020) AJS members, will have the opportunity to name their top three choices of mentors from the list of participating scholars. The AJS will attempt to match applicants with one of their preferred mentors, but based on availability, may need to assign another mentor to the applicant.

Contact Amy Weiss at with questions.


Victoria Aarons, Trinity University

Holocaust literature, second and third-generation Holocaust literature, Jewish graphic novels, Holocaust graphic novels, post-war American Jewish writers

Elizabeth Alexander, University of Virginia

Rabbinics, Ancient Judaism, gender, religious studies

Yaron Ayalon, College of Charleston

Sephardic studies/history, Arab/Middle Eastern Jewry (medieval and early modern), Israeli history/politics

Rachel Brenner, University of Wisconsin

Holocaust literature and testimonies, religious aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University

American history, memory of the Holocaust, gender and women’s history, antisemitism, regional and local history, secular Judaism

David Freidenreich, Colby College

Comparative religion, Christian and Islamic ideas about Jews/Judaism, liberal arts colleges, Jewish Studies in small-town colleges or universities

Gregg Gardner, The University of British Columbia

Judaism in Late Antiquity, Rabbinic literature, archaeology

Shirli Gilbert, University College London

Holocaust studies, Jews in South Africa, modern Jewish identity

Karla Goldman, University of Michigan

American Jewish history, American Jewish community and communal life, women's history

Liora Halperin, University of Washington

History, especially Israel/Palestine, Middle East, or Zionism

Warren Hoffman, Association for Jewish Studies

Careers outside of academia, careers in the nonprofit world

Shaul Kelner, Vanderbilt University

Social science, American Jewish history

Shira Klein, Chapman University

Jewish migration history, Italian Jewish history, Jews and colonialism, Jewish Studies pedagogy

Shira Kohn, The Dalton School

American Jewish history, Jewish women and gender, pedagogy, secondary school teaching

Gail Labovitz, American Jewish University

Rabbinic literature, Jewish law, gender studies

David Lambert, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hebrew bible, the history of biblical interpretation, ancient/Second Temple Judaism

Josh Lambert, Wellesley College

American literature and culture

Laura Leibman, Reed College

Western Sephardic history and culture, material culture (1600 – present), Atlantic world, digital humanities

Natan Meir, Portland State University

Modern European Jewish history, east European Jewish history and culture, subaltern studies

Anat Mooreville, Premera Blue Cross

careers outside academia, careers in the corporate world, design and innovation strategy, UX research, corporate consulting

Jeffrey Shoulson, University of Connecticut

Jewish literature, early modern studies, biblical literature, higher ed administration

Emily Sigalow, UJA-Federation of New York

Careers outside academia, jobs in the Jewish professional world

Paola Tartakoff, Rutgers University

Medieval history, Jewish-Christian relations, antisemitism, Spain, conversion, inquisition

Joshua Teplitsky, Stony Brook University

Jewish history (early modern, modern)

Barry Trachtenberg, Wake Forest University

Modern Jewish history, Holocaust Studies, Yiddish Studies, Zionism