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Mentor Space

The deadline to apply for the mentorship program has passed.

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

Applicants, who must be current AJS members (September – December 2019 membership cycle), will have the opportunity to list 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, it may need to assign an alternative mentor to the applicant.

Contact Amy Weiss at with questions.


Lawrence Baron, San Diego State University

Holocaust history and Jewish film

Albert Baumgarten, Bar Ilan University

Second Temple Judaism, Jewish history of the Second Temple era, social sciences

Sarah Benor, Hebrew Union College

Social science, linguistics, Jewish education

Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University

American Jewish history, antisemitism, history of the family, migration, Jews and the state, higher education, gender, women and feminism

Gabriel Finder, University of Virginia

Holocaust, Jewish life in Europe after 1945, postwar trials and justice

Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth University

Jewish-Christian relations, history of antisemitism, history of biblical scholarship

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Brandeis University

Jewish women’s and gender studies

Willa Johnson, University of Mississippi

Religion, sociology, Holocaust Studies

Robin Judd, The Ohio State University

Modern Jewish history, history of the Holocaust, gender history, immigration history

Ethan Katz, University of California, Berkeley

Jews of modern France and/or the Francophone world, Jews of North Africa and the Middle East, Jewish-Muslim relations, secularism and religion in modern Jewish life

Ari Kelman, Stanford University

Contemporary American Jewish life and culture, education

Jack Kugelmass, University of Florida

Ethnography, anthropology

Josh Lambert, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Yiddish Book Center

Modern and contemporary Jewish American literature and cultural studies including media, popular culture, and book history; Yiddish American literature and culture; working in alt-ac and nonprofit positions; journalism

Jessica Lang, Baruch College

Holocaust literature and contemporary Jewish and Jewish American literature

Ruth Langer, Boston College

Jewish liturgy, Jewish-Christian comparative theology, Jewish-Christian relations

Phil Lieberman, Vanderbilt University

Social, economic, and legal history of the Jewish of the medieval Islamic world

David Myers, University of California, Los Angeles

Modern Jewish history and thought

Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University

American Jewish history

Joshua Shanes, College of Charleston

Modern Europe, Jewish politics, contemporary religion

David Shneer, University of Colorado, Boulder

Jews under communism, Soviet (Jewish) cultural history, Holocaust history, queer studies, history of photography

Jeffrey Shoulson, University of Connecticut

Early modern literature and culture, Jewish-Christian relations, Christian Hebraism, religion and literature

Mira Sucharov, Carleton University

Israel/Palestine, Jewish politics, pedagogy, op-ed writing, contemporary Jewish life, work-life balance/identity

Michael Swartz, The Ohio State University

Jewish in late antiquity, early Jewish mysticism and magic, ritual studies, liturgy and piyyut

Wendy Zierler, Hebrew Union College

Modern Jewish literature, Hebrew literature, feminist studies