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New TIJS Graduate Fellows

New TIJS Graduate Fellows
New TIJS Fellows Cory Driver, Stephen Germany, Ji-Yun Kim, Carrie Crawford

In fall 2011 four Emory graduate students were awarded TIJS Fellowships, which are offered annually by the Laney Graduate School to excellent applicants and to current students with a research interest in Jewish studies.

  • Carrie Crawford (US History)
    "Broadly speaking, my research explores the often unstable and fluid nature of immigrant racial classification, investigating these phenomena both as a process imposed from outside and one constructed from within. In particular, I am interested in how Jewish immigrants to the Southern United States negotiated racial identities in a region that was obsessed with the maintenance of a white/black racial binary. By paying close attention to change over time, I hope to shed light on to what degree Jews complicated the national narrative of race during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as what the simultaneous processes of negotiation and change can reveal to us about the contested nature of race. Related interests include: anthropology of religion, immigration law, and sociology of collective violence."

  • Cory Driver (Graduate Division of Religion, Jewish Religious Cultures)
    My research focuses on memory creation of the other in formerly mixed ethnoreligious communities of Morocco. I have spent more than two years in Morocco with Muslim Imizghen and an academic year in Israel speaking with Moroccan-Israelis in an attempt to understand their self-conceptions as part of communities that formerly existed together. I completed an MA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University and a BS in Economics at Purdue University.

  • Stephen Germany (Graduate Division of Religion)
    Germany is a first-year student focusing on the Hebrew Bible. He received a BA in religious studies, French, and Spanish from Oglethorpe University and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he received a DAAD scholarship to pursue coursework in biblical studies in Germany. His current interests in the field of Hebrew Bible center on ritual in ancient Israel and conceptions of "temple" in biblical and Second-Temple Jewish texts.

  • Ji-Yun Kim (Graduate Division of Religion)
    Kim is a first-year student in the Hebrew Bible program. She earned a BA and MA in French language and literature at Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea), an MDiv at Methodist Theological University (Seoul), and a ThM at Emory's Candler School of Theology. She won the Best Thesis Award from the Korea Association of Accredited Theological Schools in 2008 and the Felix Robertson Hill Scholarship from Candler School of Theology in 2009. Her primary research interest is in legal texts in biblical and postbiblical literature. She is also a church musician, playing both piano and organ.

The Tam Institute now has 24 affiliated PhD students in five departments: 16 students in the Graduate Division of Religion, four in history, two in Emory Law, and one each in political science and English, as well as three affiliated master's students in Candler School of Theology.

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About this Publication

Faculty Profile:
Ellie Schainker

In fall 2011 TIJS welcomed Ellie Schainker as the new Blank Family Foundation Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies.
Neal Gabler Speaks at 2012 Tenenbaum Family Lecture in Judaic Studies

Is there such a thing as a "Jewish" filmmaker in the way that we think of Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and Bernard Malamud as Jewish writers?
Alumni Profile:
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi: A Global Leader

For Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi 86C—founder and president of Laszlo Strategies and founder of the Israel Project (TIP)—standing shoulder to shoulder in thoughtful conversation with Israeli President Shimon Peres, President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority Salam Fayyad, and former presidents George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton is all normal work.
Endowed Directorship Honors Judith London Evans 69C

To honor and celebrate the life and work of Judith London Evans, the Evans family has created the Judith London Evans Directorship of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.
TIJS Faculty Advance Scholarship with Evans Directorship Funding

Income from the new Evans Directorship endowment is already benefiting the TIJS academic program by cosponsoring public events and by providing supplementary funding to TIJS faculty in their research projects.
Student News:
Congratulations to TIJS Graduates

TIJS students earn degrees, go to higher endeavors.

Thanks to Our Donors

Thanks to our donorsWe are grateful to the friends of TIJS for their generous donations that make so many of our programs possible.



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