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Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities for Ph.D. Work in Jewish Studies

The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) at Emory University offers several top-off fellowships to support Ph.D. students pursuing Jewish studies topics in any of the James T. Laney Graduate School’s programs. These fellowships supplement the generous departmental fellowships and tuition waivers awarded to all accepted Ph.D. students. No separate application is required; departments and programs will nominate appropriate candidates who are offered admission.


Current Fellows

brittingham-matthewMatthew Brittingham (2014) graduated with a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2012) and recently completed an M.A. in Jewish Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington (2014). At Emory, he is studying American Jewish religious cultures with an emphasis on Jewish engagement in modern science and biblical criticism. Aside from these areas, Matt has interests in religion and media, Yiddish, and Jews in American sport.
wills-davis-keenanKeenan Wills Davis (2015) is a doctoral student in the Graduate Division of Religion with a focus on bioethics and Jewish studies. As an undergraduate, he studied neuroscience and Jewish studies (interdisciplinary) at the University of Virginia, graduating with highest distinction. He then served as a corps member of Teach For America and for three years taught high school chemistry, physics, biology, and math. Davis completed an MA in bioethics through Emory University’s Center for Ethics with a thesis analyzing the impact of biotechnology on human dignity. His primary interests are virtue ethics, moral psychology, and the relationship between humans, nature, and technology.

Chava Green (2018) is a doctoral student in the Graduate Division of Religion with a focus on Jewish Studies and feminist ethnography.  She received her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and studied biblical texts and Jewish Mysticism for two years in Jerusalem and Tzfat.  Her research considers the relationship between feminism and Hasidic mystical texts in the formation of gender discourse in the Chabad Hasidic community.  

kleinerJohannes Kleiner (2012) is a Ph.D. student in the Hebrew Bible program of the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. He earned Master's degrees in theology both from the University of Münster, Germany, where he was a fellow of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, and the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. His research focuses on the relationship of ancient Near Eastern people to animals as well as natural phenomena and nature's representation in the Hebrew Bible. He is excited to explore early Jewish interpretations of non-human actors in biblical texts, as well as to embark on the scavenger hunt to find Jewish forerunners to the modern environmental movement.
strakhovaAnastasiia Strakhova (2014) is a Ph.D. student in History at Emory University interested in Jewish emigration from the Late Russian Empire to America and transatlantic cultural exchanges, which followed the resettlement creating strong transnational bonds between Jewish communities on both sides of the ocean. Coming originally from Ukraine, she received her B.A. Degree (with Distinction) from International Solomon University. She continued her education at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, earning an M.A. in Comparative History (with Distinction). Pursuing a Jewish Studies specialization, Anastasiia devoted her Master’s thesis to the image of America portrayed on the pages of Voskhod [The Sunrise], one of the most influential Jewish journals published in Saint Petersburg during 1881-1906. For her dissertation project Anastasiia plans to look at the representations of America in other Yiddish and Russian-language Jewish periodicals published in the Imperial capital during the reign of Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II. Apart from the university degrees, Anastasiia also has a Certificate of accomplishment of The One Year Jewish Studies Program at Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm, Sweden.
stuart-rachelRachel Erin Stuart (2017) is a commissioned Provisional Elder in the UMC (Upper New York Conference) and a PhD student in Hebrew Bible here at Emory. Before coming to Emory, Rachel completed a B.S. & B.A. at the University of Rochester in physics, music, and religion, and an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her research interests include philology and comparative Semitics, warrior poetry in the ancient Near East, literary theory and theory of religion, the development of Israelite religion, and cognitive linguistics. Her current fascination is with ways in which binary categories reflecting and creating experience are constructed and undermined/problematized/expanded in myth and scripture, both on the narrative and linguistic levels. Her eventual hope is to work as both a pastor and a professor.