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Congratulations Class of 2024!

We're particularly pleased to congratulate Mia Blavatnik and Lyndsey Lipson graduating with undergraduate minors in Jewish Studies and Dr. Keenan Davis and Dr. Chava Green with newly minted PhDs.  
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Q & A with Dr. Tamar Menashe

In the fall of 2023, Emory’s Tam Institute and the Department of History welcomed Dr. Tamar Menashe as a Jay and Leslie Cohen Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies. Dr. Menashe completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University in 2021, followed by a fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines minority-state relations and the legal cultures that minorities develop in the course of empire and state-building processes. A native of Haifa, she studied in Spain and Israel before coming to the US. 
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Geoff Levin Publishes New Book on the American Jewish Relationship with Israel and Palestinian Rights

Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Jewish Studies and core faculty member at the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Geoffrey Levin recently published Our Palestine Question: Israel and American Jewish Dissent, 1948-1978.  In his recent review, Tel Aviv Review of Books columnist Zev Mishell praises its “remarkable insight into the creation and evolution of the relationship between the world’s two largest Jewish communities. "Our Palestine Question,” he notes, “achieves what historians do at their best: it challenges communal memory, complicates what was once considered solid, and disrupts the perceived inevitability of our current political moment.” 

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Using South African Archives to Study Post–World War Two Antisemitism and White Supremacist Networks

Robert Billups, an Emory sixth-year PhD candidate, utilized a TIJS grant to support archival research connections between antisemitic networks in South Africa and civil rights opponents in the US South. Billups spent three weeks researching in two South African archives: the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and the University of the Free State’s Archive for Contemporary Affairs. Records from those archives helped him understand links between some US civil rights opponents and far-right groups overseas.  
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