George L. Mosse UW-Madison - Hebrew University of Jerusalem Graduate Exchange Fellows
Aman Abhishek, Exchange Fellow (2022-2024)
Graduate Exchange: 2022-2024
Aman Abhishek is a Ph.D. student from India studying at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with minors in history and political science. His dissertation research is on whistleblowing, big leaks of data and investigative journalism: cases like Panama Papers, WikiLeaks and Snowden’s leaks. In addition, he has published journal articles on the politics of Facebook’s mass communication research grants; computational analysis of the Twitter and news media discourses on mass shootings in the US and the #MeToo movement, etc. Prior to joining the PhD program, Aman got a MA in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S.-M.S. in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. In his research he prefers to not remain confined to quantitative methods and adopts historical, qualitative, STS and legal studies approaches depending on the context.
Marko Kljajić, Exchange Fellow (2022-2024)
Marko Kljajić is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Marko’s research examines the role of collective victimhood beliefs on intergroup dynamics such as conflict and reconciliation in the Western Balkans and beyond. Combining experiments and in-depth qualitative research, his research focuses on how individuals conceive of ingroup victimization and whether individuals can expand their conception of victimization to acknowledge that members of adversarial groups may have suffered in equal if not similar ways. As a Mosse Fellow at Hebrew University, Marko plans to advance his research working at the Conflict and Reconciliation Lab and with other faculty in the Humanities who specialize in study of collective victimization in the Israeli context. Marko’s research hopes to provide insight into why some people are better able to reconcile after violence and how others can be better motivated towards finding reconciliation and away from conflict.
Alex Scheepens, Exchange Fellow (2022-2024)
Alex Scheepens is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his M.A. in European Studies (2016) and B.A. in International Relations and History (2014), both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed a second M.A. in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2021). His current research centers on the Jewish experience in hiding in Nazi-occupied Netherlands. By employing a geographical lens and the history of emotions and drawing on written and oral sources in the Dutch, English, and Hebrew languages, he looks at the choices, motivations, behaviors, and experiences of those Jewish individuals who sought to escape the Nazi deportations and find refuge among their non-Jewish countrymen. Alongside his dissertation work, his teaching and research interests range from topics in modern European Jewish history and the Holocaust to the history of antisemitism, Zionism, and the State of Israel.
Emmi Cohen, HUJI MA student (2022-2024)
Graduate Exchange: 2023-2024
Emmi Cohen is currently completing her B.A. in history and functional linguistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her main interests are contemporary American history with an emphasis on the history of culture, sexuality, and gender. She is also interested in discourse analysis and in the role of linguistic protocols in shaping our social lives and histories. In her M.A, she plans on looking into 20th century American sexual culture and discourse, and in examining the relationship between sexuality and nation building in governmental circles. Emmi is the 2023-2024 George L. Mosse Fellow to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Khasan Redjaboev, Exchange Fellow (2022-2024)
Khasan is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Khasan's research examines over 100 years of gender-indiscriminate and mass state-sponsored forced labor on social attitudes, political elite formation, public goods delivery, and trust in the postcommunist Eurasia. Drawing on extensive archival resources, source interviews, surveys, and statistical data, Khasan's research focuses on forced labor as one of the most fateful institutions in the region. As a Mosse Fellow, Khasan plans to work on his book project and novel micro-level dataset for the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and their survivor states. Adding to a body of literature on the political economy of slavery, serfdom, and GULAG prison labor, Khasan hopes to shed more light to previously understudied state-sponsored forced labor and the unlikely to drastic social changes that it produced under totalitarian environment.
Ethell Gershengorin, Exchange Fellow (2023-2025)
Ethell Gershengorin is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received an M.A. in History while at UW-Madison (2021) and her B.A. in International Relations at Boston University (2017). Her dissertation explores transformative Jewish medical projects in interwar Eastern Europe. Focusing on an understudied organization of doctors called the Society for the Preservation of the Health of the Jewish Population (OZE), Ethell examines the importance of healthy women (mothers) and children to creating a strong Jewish race and rebuilding a Jewish community almost destroyed by World War I and the Russian Civil War. As a Mosse Fellow, Ethell will access archival documents only available in Jerusalem (due to Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine) to analyze the role of women and children’s health to the establishment of the OZE in Imperial Russia in 1912.
Ayana Sassoon, HUJI PhD student (2022-2026)
Graduate Exchange: 2023-2024
Ayana Sassoon is a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Revivim Program at the Hebrew University, a combination B.A.-M.A.-teacher certification program training high school educators in Jewish Studies for the public school system. In her MA thesis in Jewish History, she focused on the marking of the Jews by yellow stars and other kinds of distinguishing signs during the Holocaust from different Jewish perspectives. At present, she is writing her dissertation, “‘Life Today Revolves Around Food’: Food and Eating, Identity and Social relations among Jews in Germany and the Netherlands during the Holocaust and the Second World War," under the guidance of Professor Amos Goldberg in the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
George L. Mosse Teaching Fellowship
Collin Bernard, George L. Mosse Teaching Fellow (2023-2024)
Collin Bernard is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his MSc from the London School of Economics from the International History department in 2017 and his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. His dissertation compares the relationship between urban social movements in 1970s Paris, France and Milan, Italy and the communist parties in each country. The project looks at the interrelationship between social, urban, and political dynamics as a means of understanding Western European communism's demise and the transformation of the popular classes. In the Spring of 2024, with the support of the George Mosse Teaching Fellowship, Collin will offer a course on European cities in the 20th century. The course will emphasize the conflicting political visions for cities that remade urban Europe.
Sara Paris, George L. Mosse Teaching Fellow (2023-2024)
Sara Paris is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her M.A. in Italian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a B.A. in History from the University of Siena (Italy). Her research focuses on criminal justice in Italy. Particularly, it investigates female criminality and victimhood during the sixteenth century. Sara has conducted extensive research on legal documents written in Italian vernaculars and Latin in several archives in Italy. In the Spring of 2024, with the support of the George Mosse Teaching Fellowship, Sara will offer a course on Women, Spirituality, Law and Medicine in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance.
George L. Mosse LGBTQ+ History Fellows
Isobel Bloom, George L. Mosse LGBTQ+ History Fellow
Isobel Bloom is a Ph.D. History candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to the US from the UK, she earned an M.Phil. in American History from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in History from the University of Bristol. She is currently embarking on research for her doctoral dissertation regarding pro-life movement organizing in the 1980s and 1990s United States.
Ezra Gerard, George L. Mosse LGBTQ+ History Fellow
Ezra Gerard received his BA in history from the University of Michigan in 2014. He is now a first year PhD student in History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Broadly speaking, his research concerns transgender history in the United States and Germany in the mid-twentieth century. Ezra is particularly interested in examining the prominence of the “wrong body” narrative in mass media representations of trans identity and in the role of personal narrative and memory in the construction of trans histories.
George L. Mosse WDGF Modern Jewish & Modern European Culture Fellows
August Brereton, George L. Mosse European Cultural History Fellow
August Brereton is a PhD student in the department of History, focusing on Modern Russian/Eastern European History as well as a secondary Program in Gender and Women’s History. August completed a MA in History at the University of Oregon in 2022, where she wrote her thesis, “From Russia With Love: A Transnational History of Post-Soviet Wives and their American Husbands” which focused on mixed Russian-American marriages in the 1990s and 2000s. Her dissertation research explores intersections between gender, emigration, and economics in late and post-Soviet history. She is also very interested in Russian-Ukrainian relations. August is a passionate advocate for oral history and ethical representation of underserved populations in academic research.
Ri J. Turner, George L. Mosse Modern Jewish History Fellow
Ri J. Turner is a PhD candidate in the department of History. Her research focuses on the role of the American Yiddish press as a semi-private space for "internal" conversation among Eastern European Jewish immigrants at the turn of the last century. She holds an MA in Yiddish from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MA in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts, as well as a BA in Anthropology from Cornell University. Apart from research, she is passionate about Yiddish language pedagogy, the curation and translation of little-known Yiddish texts, setting Yiddish poetry to music, and reading literary and journalistic texts in Hebrew, Polish, French, and Spanish.
Ludwig Decke, George L. Mosse Modern Jewish History Fellow
Graduate Exchange, 2024-2026
Ludwig is interested in the intersection of Jewish, (post-)colonial, and modern European history. His research investigates the paradoxes of liberalism as a force of both emancipation and domination. He is currently working on his dissertation project “Antiracism after Hitler: Jews, the State, and the Fight against Racial Discrimination in Western Europe, 1945-1992,” which intertwines two stories that are usually considered in separate terms: Jewish responses to antisemitism and the antiracist struggle of other racialized populations. Before he began his Ph.D. in the Midwest, Ludwig studied history, philosophy, and sociology at the University of Leipzig, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was a Fulbright Fellow at UW-Madison in 2018-2019.
Alice C.M. Kwok, George L. Mosse European Cultural History Fellow
Alice C.M. Kwok is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She received her M.A. in History from UW Madison in 2018; her thesis was entitled “Sexing the Terror: The Jeunesse Dorée and the Fall of the Parisian Jacobin Club (1794)”. She holds a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley in History and French. Her work focuses on the French Revolution, particularly the role of gender and sexuality in counter-revolutionary critiques of republicanism. She also writes about representations of the Revolution in nineteenth-century Academic art and art institutions. Her adviser is Prof. Suzanne Desan.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mosse History Fellows
Yotam Ben Horin, HUJI PhD student (2022-2026)
Graduate Exchange: 2024-2025
Yotam Ben Horin is a PhD Candidate at the Department of History and the Centre for Sustainability, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He completed a B.A. in History and M.A both in History and in Geography and Urban Planning at the Hebrew University. His primary areas of interest are intellectual and environmental history. His dissertation, under the supervision of Dr. Amit Tubi (Geography) and Dr. Lee Mordechai (History), will examine perceptions of climatic changes and the discourse of historical climate-society interactions. In his research, Yotam will follow both local histories of European societies living through times of significant climatic fluctuations in the Little Ice Age, and modern multidisciplinary discourse of scientists, historians, and policy makers, concerned with the history of climate-society interactions. By doing so, Yotam aims to establish a critical exploration of scientific and historical concepts and knowledge formation process.
Elitzur Gluck, HUJI MA student (2023-2025)
Graduate Exchange: 2024-2025
Elitzur is currently completing his B.A. in history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is interested in the intellectual history of Germany and Austria in the 20th century, particularly from an anthropological-historical perspective. In his M.A. thesis, he intends to explore how political experience—both real and imaginary—shaped the way intellectuals and intellectual groups conceptualized the natural and human sciences in the German-speaking regions between the wars.
Noy Nahum, HUJI MA student (2022-2024)
Graduate Exchange: 2022-2023
Noy Nahum is currently completing his B.A in History and Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main interests are in intellectual history and political ideas in the second half of the 20th century, particularly in Michel Foucault’s Political Philosophy. He also researching Michel Foucault's process of entrance into the Israeli discourse, and the contemporary Israeli discourse about Foucault's philosophy. In his M.A. thesis he looked at how Foucault understood the relationship between his works and the ideas of neo-Marxist thinkers of his time. Noy is the 2022-2023 George L. Mosse Fellow to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tom Eshed, HUJI PhD student (2020-2024)
Graduate Exchange: 2022-2023
Tom Eshed is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He completed a BA in History and MA in Jewish History at the Hebrew University. Tom’s dissertation, under the supervision of Prof. Amos Goldberg, explores Holocaust commemoration and remembrance in Israeli cultural diplomacy between 1953-2005. His research follows various commemoration initiatives led by Israeli diplomats and Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Authority, outside of Israel during this time period, from the initiative to confer Israeli citizenship upon Holocaust victims during the 1950s, to the initiative to commemorate an International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which the United Nations established in 2005. In his research, Tom wishes to examine how Israeli cultural diplomacy influenced Holocaust memory in Israel and abroad, and how it affected Israeli foreign relations and its relations with the Jewish diaspora.
Taili Hardiman, HUJI Mosse Coordinator
Graduate Exchange: Summer 2023
Taili Hardiman is currently completing her M.A. in History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and serves as the HUJI Mosse Program Coordinator.
She is interested in the intellectual and cultural histories of social science in nineteenth-century Britain as well as scientific metaphors in the construction of social theory. Her M.A. thesis, “Observing in Depth: Harriet Martineau’s Science of Society,” focuses on models of "depth" - geological and physiognomic - in Martineau’s thought and how these models can illuminate tensions within the historiography of social science.
She was the co-editor of "Hayo Haya: Student Journal for History" and an archival assistant for the "Einstein Papers Project."
Mor Geller, HUJI PhD student 2022-2026
Graduate Exchange: 2022-2023
Mor Geller started her PhD in autumn 2021. Her dissertation will explore the widespread phenomenon of public opinion polling in East Germany and the multiple roles it played in the effort to sustain and reform the state’s power structure between the mid-1960s and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Through an analysis of the surveys and reports produced by the state-sanctioned social research institutes, she aims to establish the centrality and of this method to the cultural, social, and political history of the German Democratic Republic and to understand the ways in which it was used by citizens in unexpected ways to imagine the future(s) of the GDR.
Mor’s research interests include film, Alltagsgeschichte, and Marxist thought. She has won fellowships and grants from HUJI’s Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History, and the DAAD at the HUJI European Forum. She has also served as co-editor of graduate and undergraduate journal of history Hayo Haya in the years 2019–21.
Daniel Lehmann, George L. Mosse Dissertator Fellowship (2023-2024)
Daniel Lehmann is a PhD candidate in the Department of History and a member of the PhD Honors Program at the Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Daniel’s dissertation, written under the supervision of Professors Ram Ben Shalom and Aya Elyada, explores a central facet of Christian-Jewish relations in early modern Europe, the Protestant polemic against the Jews in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In particular, it considers the ways in which Protestants addressed and pursued Reformation debate with rival Christians in these Jewish settings. In analyzing intra-Christian conflict from this innovative perspective, Daniel’s research aims to shed light, more broadly, on how the “presence” of Jews informed Christian discourse, thus contributing to the intellectual history of the Christian Jewish encounter at large, transcending the singular circumstances of the Reformation.
George L. Mosse-Friends of the UW Libraries Fellows
Norman Domeier, Mosse-Friends of UW Libraries Fellow (2023-2024)
Norman Domeier, Privatdozent Dr. phil. habil, is the DAAD guest professor of German and European History at Charles University in Prague, 2021-2026. He studied history, political science, and journalism at the University of Göttingen (2000-2003), completed his MPhil at Cambridge in 2004, and defended his PhD thesis at the European University Institute in 2009. His first book, The Eulenburg Affair. A Cultural History of Politics in the German Empire (1906-1909), was awarded the »Geisteswissenschaften International« Prize of the German Booksellers’ Association. The German edition came out in 2010 with Campus, the English edition in 2015 with Camden House. His second book/habilitation Global Public and Dictatorship. The American Foreign Correspondents in the Third Reich was published in autumn 2021 by Wallstein. An English-language version will be published in 2024 by Camden House. In 2017, he discovered the secret cooperation between the Associated Press (AP) and Nazi Germany from 1942-1945, which is an ongoing research project.
Bruno Settis, Mosse-Friends of UW Libraries Fellow (2023-2024)
Bruno Settis received his Ph.D. in History from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, and the Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris, in 2019. His monograph "Fordismi. Storia politica della produzione di massa" (il Mulino, 2016) was awarded the Best First Book Prize by the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Scuola Normale (2019-2022) and at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University (2022), and he is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bologna (2022-2023). His research project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims at investigating the international scope and legacy of the "Wisconsin school" of labor relations, notably the influence of Selig Perlman on Italian labor scholar Gino Giugni.
George L. Mosse UW-Madison Graduate Fellows
Edward "Ned" Frame, 2023-2024 George L. Mosse Program Project Assistant
Edward "Ned" Frame is a doctoral candidate in History and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studies the history of higher education and U.S. intellectual and cultural history. His current research concentrates on the history of American liberalism and the ways that liberalism (and reactions against liberalism) shaped efforts to remake the standard American undergraduate curriculum between roughly 1920 and 1970. Parallel interests include the history of “neoliberalism” and market-based prescriptions for educational reform; the history of liberal arts education; American political history from the eighteenth century to the present; and the history of campus activism and student protest movements. In the past, he has also studied and taught political philosophy, literature, and nonfiction writing. He holds a B.A. from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and an M.A. from the New School for Social Research.
Tristian Lee, 2023-2024 Mosse-UW Press Project Assistant
Tristian Lee is a second-year Ph.D. student in the joint program in Sociology offered by the department of Sociology and the department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Broadly speaking, his current research focuses on the social effects of urban agriculture on communities. His research interests include environmental sociology, race, culture, and sociological theory. He completed his BA in Literature and Critical Theory and his MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto.
Emily Tran, 2023-2024 George L. Mosse History Graduate Program Project Assistant
Emily Tran is a Ph.D. candidate in History and Educational Policy Studies. Broadly, her work centers on Americans' collective memories—or popular recollections—of the nation's racist past, and on the role of historical understanding in challenging or facilitating racial injustice. Her dissertation traces the history of racial reckonings in the late twentieth century, when Americans made renewed yet fleeting attempts to learn about and come to terms with the history and contemporary persistence of racism.
George L. Mosse Undergraduate Interns in Digital and European History
Aideen Gabbai, George L. Mosse Program Undergraduate Intern (2023-2025)
Aideen Gabbai is a sophomore at UW-Madison getting her B.A. in History. Her interests include US immigration history, the Vietnam War, and 20th-century Europe. Outside of the George L. Mosse Internship, she is also working on a project with the University of Wisconsin Collaborative for Reproductive Equity under Professor Michael Wagner on a survey to better understand the general informational ecology of reproductive healthcare in the United States. Through this internship, she is looking forward to learning about digital history while helping to inform others and foster a love for history in more people, as well as inviting them to consider the complexities that pop up when surveying historical events.
Maddy McDonald, George L. Mosse Program Undergraduate Intern (2023-2024)
Maddy McDonald is a senior at UW-Madison studying Community Non-Profit Leadership and History with certificates in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her academic interests include World War II, the Cold War era, and Non-Governmental Organizations' advancements of Civil Rights in America. She conducted research in Vienna, Austria concerning the Soviet Occupation of the city from 1945-1955 and analyzed the consequences of the occupation. In addition to the Mosse Program internship, Maddy has worked as a peer advisor in the Cross-College Advising Services for two years. She is currently expanding the “1914: Then Came Armageddon" digital exhibit. After graduation, she intends to go to law school.
Rose Weithaus, George L. Mosse Program Undergraduate Intern (2022-2024)
Rose Weithaus is a senior at UW-Madison studying political science and history with a certificate in public policy. Her interests include American foreign relations, early European and Middle Eastern religious history, the Founding era, and the Soviet bloc during the Cold War. Rose is the finance chair of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors fraternity. Outside of her work in history, she has also worked at the Jones Leadership Center and the Wisconsin Department of Justice. In her senior year, Rose will begin her project of examining Mosse's archival materials, publishing some new findings, and restoring some on campus oral history. She believes history is an important part of understanding our world and has enjoyed developing her understanding throughout this internship.
George L. Mosse Undergraduate Peer Advisors
Arielle Barber, George L. Mosse Peer Advisor (2023-2024)
Arielle Barber (she/her/hers) is a junior at UW-Madison majoring in History with a certificate in Medieval Studies. Her academic interests lie in Medieval Europe and the Italian Renaissance. Outside of academics, she is an avid reader and enjoys writing creatively. As a Mosse Peer Advisor, she is excited to share her love for history and inspire others to follow their passions for the subject. After graduation, she plans to continue her history education in graduate school.
Rae Kalscheuer, George L. Mosse Peer Advisor (2022-2024)
Rae Kalscheuer (they/them/theirs) is a senior at UW-Madison majoring in History and English. Their academic interests are rooted in international relations, the history of oppression, and intersectional identities. This year they are taking on this role as a Mosse Peer Advisor as well as being the President for Phi Alpha Theta and a member of the Art History Society on campus. As a member of the LGBTQ community, they are honored to be a part of a program whose legacy includes focusing on the persecution of political others by fascists while helping their peers. After graduation, they intend on going to law school with a focus on international law.
Elizabeth Tibbs, George L. Mosse Peer Advisor (2023-2024)
Elizabeth Tibbs (she/her/hers) is a junior studying History and Information Science with a certificate in East Asian Studies. Her academic interests include American and French imperialism, and the evolution of U.S. foreign policy and communications since 1800. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies. She is very excited to serve as a Mosse Peer Advisor and help students connect with their academic interests!