George L. Mosse UW-Madison - Hebrew University of Jerusalem Graduate Exchange Fellows
Aman Abhishek, Exchange Fellow (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.
Tom Eshed, HUJI PhD student 2020-2024
Graduate Exchange: 2022-2023
Tom Eshed is a PhD candidate in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He completed an MA in Jewish History in 2020 and his BA in History in 2017 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His MA explored the cooperation between the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Authority, during the 1950s. His dissertation will expand this research to consider the intersection between Israeli diplomacy and Holocaust Memory during the Cold War. He is particularly interested in the influence of cultural diplomacy on transnational memory and the impact foreign relations have on national narratives.
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.
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.
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.
Samson Olanrewaju, Exchange Fellow (2020-2022)
Year II: 2021-2022
Samson Olanrewaju is a PhD candidate in the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the literary growth of ancient Israelite historiography, the Pentateuch, and the Hebrew Bible within the general context of the Ancient Near Eastern world. He is especially interested in the Deuteronomistic History and David’s place in the development of ancient Israelite royal ideologies in the Hebrew Bible. In his dissertation, he provides a source- and redaction- critical analysis of the literary growth of the Davidic oracle in 2 Samuel 7:1–17 and its interaction with other passages in the books of Kings.
Khasan Redjaboev, Exchange Fellow (2022-2024)
Khasan is a Ph.D. 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.
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.
George L. Mosse Faculty Exchange
Nadav Shelef, George L. Mosse Faculty Exchange Fellow (2022-2023)
Nadav Shelef is Professor of Political Science, and the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Israel Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. Shelef's research and teaching focus on nationalism, ethnic and territorial conflict, religion and politics, Israeli politics and society, and Middle East politics. His current projects examine how homelands change, how nationalists demobilize, and aspects of civil-military relations. His most recent books are Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel, 1925–2005, and Homelands: Shifting Borders and Territorial Disputes.
George L. Mosse LGBTQ+ History Fellows
Isobel Ashby, George L. Mosse LGBTQ+ History Fellow
Isobel Ashby is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in American History and minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. Before moving to Madison from the UK, she was awarded an MPhil in American History from the University of Cambridge and a BA in History from the University of Bristol. She is currently developing her research on Black women's involvement in the pro-life movement, particularly the espousal of the "abortion as Black genocide" narrative, in the late-twentieth century 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
Collin Bernard, George L. Mosse European Cultural History Fellow
Collin Bernard is a doctoral student 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 research is focused on the political, intellectual, and social history of post-1945 Western Europe with a focus on Italian and Urban History. His MSc thesis was an exploration into the relationship between the Italian Communist Party and the 1968 student and worker movements within the context of a global intellectual history of Marxist thought. His current research investigates how urban change beginning in the 1970s across Western Europe transformed left-wing thought and parties.
Ethell Gershengorin, George L. Mosse Modern Jewish History Fellow
Ethell Gershengorin is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her B.A. in International Relations at Boston University. Her primary area of interest is the intersection of class, religion and gender identities under the Soviet regime and the ways in which everyday Soviet citizens, especially Jewish women, adapted to and confronted policies. Her research will examine Jewish women’s resistance to and disruption of Soviet policies and norms through art and material culture.
Nina Walter, George L. Mosse European Cultural History Fellow
Nina Walter has come to UW-Madison from Scotland, where she completed her studies in History and Cultural Identity at the University of St Andrews. For her Masters thesis, Nina conducted original archival research into the role of Esperanto in Poland ca. 1887-1939. During her time in Wisconsin, she would like to further explore attitudes to multiculturalism and multilingualism in pre-World War II Europe through the prism of Esperanto, with a special focus on Jewish communities in Poland and Celtic (and possibly Scots) speakers on the British Isles.
Historical research into the early stages of the Esperanto movement in Europe perfectly combines Nina’s interests in culture, history, and languages. She holds a Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Warsaw and has spent most of her adult life traveling extensively and teaching English in Poland, Britain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.
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.
Alice Coulter Main, George L. Mosse European Cultural History Fellow
Alice Coulter Main 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.
Ludwig Decke, George L. Mosse European Cultural History Fellow
In autumn 2020, Ludwig Decke will begin his Ph.D. in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He 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. Fascinated by how ideas have shaped politics and societies in Western Europe and the US, his research interests include transnational right-wing movements, antisemitism and nationalist thought, the rise and fall of liberal internationalism, and modern Jewish politics. In his M.A. thesis, Ludwig examines a group of non-Zionist Jewish scholars in the United States who responded to the Nazis by embracing American liberalism and envisioned a global order based on liberal democracy as the prerequisite for a Jewish postwar future.
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.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mosse History Fellows
Boaz Berger, HUJI PhD student (2018-2022)
Boaz Berger is currently finishing his M.A at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he also completed his B.A studies in history. His main field of interest is British cultural history during the long 18th century. In his M.A research he examines how the War of American Independence was visually depicted in England. In his PhD he will examine how British politicians embraced a modern visual representation of "chivalry" in order to cope with the crisis at the turn of the 19th century.
Taili Hardiman, HUJI MA student (2020-2022)
Taili Hardiman is currently completing her B.A in History and Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her main interests are in the histories of science and visual culture in modern Europe. Continuing onto an M.A in History, she will focus on the production of knowledge, observational practices, and disciplinary development of the social sciences in 19th Britain. Taili is the 2020-2021 George L. Mosse Fellow to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently the co-editor of ‘Hayo Haya - Student Journal for History’ and an archive assistant for the ‘Einstein Papers Project’.
Emmi Cohen, HUJI MA student (2022-2024)
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.
Ayana Sassoon, HUJI PhD student (2022-2026)
I am currently in my first year of PhD studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I am a graduate of the Revivim Program at the Hebrew University, a combination BA-MA-teacher certification program training high school educators in Jewish Studies for the public school system. In my MA thesis in Jewish History, I 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, I am writing my dissertation, “‘Life Today Revolves Around Food’: Food and its Meanings for Jews in Germany, the Netherlands, and France during the Holocaust," under the guidance of Prof. Amos Goldberg in the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Amit Levy, George L. Mosse Dissertator Fellowship (2021-2022)
Amit Levy is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he also completed his MA studies. As a cultural and intellectual historian, he is interested in the ways migrating knowledge affects transnational and inter-cultural encounters, especially in imperial and colonial contexts. In his PhD project, entitled A New Orient: German-Jewish Oriental Studies in Palestine/Israel, 1926–1963, Amit studies the migration of Orientalist knowledge from German universities to Palestine/Israel and the encounter of Arabic and Islamic Studies scholars with the Orient. He is also developing a new project which will explore encounters of migrating and local knowledge in British Mandate Jerusalem, starting with the British-Arab-Jewish initiative of the Palestine Folk Museum (1936-1948). Since 2019 Amit also serves as the managing editor of Naharaim: Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History.
George L. Mosse-Friends of the UW Libraries Fellows
Donatello Aramini, Mosse-Friends of UW Libraries Fellow (2020-2022)
Donatello Aramini has a PhD in Contemporary History. He is a lecturer in Contemporary History at the Department of Political Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome. He has taught History of contemporary Italy and the history of journalism at the Roma Tre University and University of Cassino, and was a 2011 Mosse-Friends Fellow. He is a member of the editorial board of Mondo contemporaneo. His research examines nationalism, Nazism, racism and the history of historiography. He is the author of the book George L. Mosse, l'Italia e gli storici (FrancoAngeli, Milan, 2010) and is currently working on two monographs on nationalism and fascism and on the myth of Rome in fascist Italy.
Stefania Ragaù, Mosse-Friends of UW Libraries Fellow (2020-2022)
Stefania Ragaù earned her PhD in contemporary history at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa with a work on the flowering of the Jewish utopian novels in relation to the emergence of Zionism. In her challenging studies on Jewish utopias, she deals with the secularization of Jewish thought between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, analyzing the influence of a modern messianism through which Jewish nationalism configured itself as a secular religion. These projects led Ragaù to Mosse's works. She is currently developing her studies along two further lines of research, which is related to the encounter between the European philosophy of history and Jewish thought: one line is the Jewish utopian imagination beyond Zionism, while the other is the historical reconstruction of the Nationalhumanismus, a concept which seems to have been created by Max Brod and Felix Weltsch in the so-called “enge Prager Kreis”. Finally, she is currently drafting her first monograph on the Jewish utopian novels before Theodor Herzl's Altneuland (1902).
George L. Mosse UW-Madison Graduate Fellows
Jagravi Dave, 2022-2023 Mosse-UW Press Project Assistant
Jagravi Dave is a student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Literary Studies PhD program through the Department of English. She completed her M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and B.A. in English and Linguistics from Cornell University. Her research interests include contemporary poetry and poetics, Black Studies, postcolonial and diaspora studies, environmental humanities, history of labor, and human geography.
Matthew M. Greene, 2021-2022 George L. Mosse Project Assistant
Matthew M. Greene is a PhD candidate in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+ at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation considers the role of language in world literature, focusing on semantic shift, narration, form, and translation in German-language texts. He has several English translations in publication from German, Yiddish, Spanish, Italian, and French. At UW-Madison, he has taught a variety of German language as well as Yiddish history, culture, and literature courses. He holds an MA from UW-Madison in German, an MA from Dartmouth College in Comparative Literature, and a BA from the University of Vermont in European Studies, German, and Italian.
Abigail Lewis, George L. Mosse Dissertator Fellowship (2021-2022)
Abigail Lewis is a Ph.D candidate in European History at UW-Madison. She completed her M.A. in History at UW-Madison in 2014 and her B.A. in history from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. Her dissertation, entitled, “The Collaborationist Eye: The History and Memory of Photography during the Occupation of France” reveals the stories of photographers living and working under Nazi and Vichy rule during the Second World War. Her work also offers an innovative material history of these photographs and maps the uses of these photographs as propaganda, press photos, legal evidence, historical resources, and pedagogical objects. This work demonstrates how photographs have shaped and re-shaped understandings of the occupation years. For this work, Abigail has received numerous research and writing fellowships including the Chateaubriand Dissertation Fellowship, the Bourse Jeanne Marandon, the Mellon-Wisconsin Writing Fellowship, the JB and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and most recently, the George L. Mosse Exchange Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In 2018, she taught a course as the George L. Mosse Teaching Fellow called “Picturing History: Visual Culture and Memory in Modern Europe” on the history of images and photography in modern Europe.
George L. Mosse Undergraduate Interns in Digital and European History
Anastasia Bruss, George L. Mosse Program Undergraduate Intern (2021-2022)
Anastasia Bruss is a senior studying History and International Studies: Global Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her particular historical interests are Jewish history and the history of 18th-century Europe and its colonies. Her capstone paper explored pro-Jewish rights arguments in pre-Revolutionary France, and she especially enjoyed the work because it allowed her to uncover stories often lost in the more “famous” events of the time. Outside of her academic work, Anastasia serves as the Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta, Lambda Xi Chapter, the UW-Madison chapter of a national history honor society, and as Team Principal of Wisconsin Racing, a student auto racing team on campus. With the George L. Mosse Program, Anastasia most looks forward to deepening her knowledge of Jewish history.
Jack Styler, George L. Mosse Program Undergraduate Intern (2021-2022)
Jack Styler is a senior at UW-Madison studying History and Political Science with a certificate in Art History. Under the guidance of Professor Allison Powers, Jack is writing his senior honors thesis on the history of right-wing paramilitaries in the 1980s, specifically related to the Iran-Contra scandal. Outside of school, Jack is a captain of the mock trial team at UW-Madison and tutors West High School students as a part of Badger Volunteers. Jack is excited to work on many worthwhile projects, including making oral histories more accessible, as a Mosse Program Undergraduate Intern in European and Digital History.
Rachel Lynch, George L. Mosse Program Undergraduate Intern (2022-2023)
I am a senior at UW-Madison studying History, Political Science, and Classical Humanities. Under the advisory of Professor Alfred McCoy, I am writing a senior honors history thesis concerning Ronald Reagan’s use of the CIA in covert operations globally during the Cold War, inspired by the general American aversion to conventional military power and European geopolitical theory. My research interests lie mostly in Western historical memory of military conflicts. Outside of school, I am involved in The Women’s Network- Wisconsin Chapter in various leadership positions, and as a volunteer tutor for The Literacy Network, where I work with returning students completing their GED. I am most excited to work on the digital First World War exhibit and to gain experience working in the UW Special Collections archives.
Rose Weithaus, George L. Mosse Program Undergraduate Intern (2022-2024)
Rose Weithaus is a sophomore 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 Eastern Europe in the post-WWII world. Outside of her work in history, Rose is a member of the Pre-Law Society and Pi Alpha Theta. She also works at the Center for Leadership and Involvement, specifically for the Jones Leadership Center and the Morgridge Center for Public Service. She is ecstatic to learn and looks forward to exploring various avenues of historical research throughout her internship. She believes history is an important part of understanding the world and hopes this experience can help her share that with others.
Maddy McGlone, George L. Mosse Program Undergraduate Intern (2021-2023)
Maddy McGlone is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in History and Environmental Studies with a certificate in Folklore. Her interests include Wisconsin history, material culture studies, and oral history as a way to observe the impact of larger historical events. Outside of her work in history, she heads the UW-Madison fellowship of Matriculate, a college-access non-profit that trains college students to advise low-income high school students. Additionally, she is interested in sustainable agriculture and will be studying abroad in Bhutan in the spring of 2022 to research the country’s commitment to equitable development. She is currently working on research looking at the term ‘Coastie’ and its relation to the Jewish community at UW-Madison. She is excited to expand on different aspects of her prior experience as an undergraduate intern with the George L. Mosse Program.
George L. Mosse Undergraduate Peer Advisors
Isabelle Cook, George L. Mosse Peer Advisor (2020-2022)
Isabelle Cook is a senior at UW-Madison majoring in History, Russian, and Economics. She is currently writing a senior honors thesis under the guidance of Professor Ratner-Rosenhagen on early Keynesianism in America. Isabelle’s love of history has been inspired by her time living in Berlin, Germany and her travels to Eastern Europe and Russia, where her interests in WWII and the Holocaust were piqued. She is proud to be a part of the Mosse Program serving as a Peer Advisor because this role marries two of her greatest passions: promoting the study of history among her own generation and honoring the legacies of the victims of the Holocaust.
Jack Halverson, George L. Mosse Peer Advisor (2021-2022)
Jack Halverson is in his fourth year at UW-Madison, majoring in History and Political Science with a certificate in Public Policy. His academic interests include the history of religious education in America, progressive politics in the United States and Europe, as well as Environmental Conservation. During his time at UW, Jack has served in a leadership capacity for Badger Volunteers teams throughout the Madison community and he is very excited to serve as a Mosse Peer Advisor in order to advance the importance of the study of history.