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2018-19 Special Initiatives Grant Recipients

2018-19 Special Initiatives Grant Recipients Posted on May 14, 2019


Congratulations Special Initiatives Grant Recipients

The American Academy for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the winners of its Special Initiatives Grants.

AAJR provides grants of up to $5,000 to faculty at North American universities to 1) encourage academic collaboration between Jewish studies programs (or faculty) at multiple institutions, either in the same city or in close geographical proximity, or 2) enable collaborative scholarly endeavors that would not otherwise receive funding.

Natalia Aleksiun, Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies; Elissa Bemporad, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center; Dina Danon, Binghamton University, SUNY; Federica Francesconi, University at Albany, SUNY; In collaboration with the Center for Jewish History
The New York State Working Group on Jewish Women and Gender in Global Perspective

Francesca Bregoli, CUNY-Queens College and the Graduate Center; Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University; Joshua Teplitsky, Stony Brook University; Magda Teter, Fordham University
The Early Modern Workshop

Michelle Chesner, Columbia University; Marjorie Lehman, Jewish Theological Seminary; Adam Shear, University of Pittsburgh; Joshua Teplitsky, Stony Brook University
Reading Hebrew Handwriting in the Margins: Owner’s Signatures, Annotations and other MS Material in Early Hebrew Printed Books

Samuel Heilman, The Graduate Center CUNY
A Working Group Exploring the Convergence and Divergence of the Similar Paths taken by Muslims and Jews in America

Jessica Marglin, University of Southern California
California Working Group on Jews in the Maghrib and the Middle East (Cal JeMM)

William Miles, Northeastern University; Alan Verskin, University of Rhode Island
Jews in Muslim and Shared Diasporic Lands

Jonathan D.Sarna, Brandeis University; Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University
The Formation of New Jewish Communities: The Fourth Biennial Graduate Student Workshop

The American Academy for Jewish Research ( is the oldest professional organization of Judaica scholars in North America. Composed of the field’s most eminent and senior scholars, it is committed to professional service through this initiative and others, including the Salo Baron Prize for the best first book in Jewish Studies, support for doctoral dissertation research, and workshops for graduate students and early
career scholars.