Early Career Scholars Workshop

Workshop for Early Career Scholars in Jewish Studies

July 7-9, 2024
Workshop to be held at Williams College

The purpose of this workshop is to impart knowledge and skills relevant to a range of career prospects for late-stage Ph.Ds. and recent Ph.Ds. The workshop will draw on the experience of a college president, a veteran university professor, and a number of other professionals who work in the academic and related fields. Participants will include early career scholars across a range of disciplines and areas of specialization in Jewish studies.

Day One of the workshop will focus on key challenges and opportunities that arise within institutions of higher education today including public-facing scholarship, community engagement and controversy, woke-ism and anti-woke-ism. Day Two will feature interaction with experts in academic-adjacent domains including foundations, archives, cultural centers, and development. 

Workshop Directors:

Maud S. Mandel
President, Williams College; Professor of History; Program in Jewish Studies

David N. Myers, Distinguished Professor and Kahn Chair of Jewish History, UCLA; Director, UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy; Director, UCLA Initiative to Study Hate


The workshop is intended for late-stage Ph.D. students and recent Ph.D. (within 4 years of receipt of degree) who work primarily in a field of Jewish studies. AAJR covers the costs for lodging and meals. Participants with academic positions are expected to turn to their own institutions for travel expenses but accepted applicants with demonstrated need may be eligible for a travel subvention, funding permitting. Enrollment is limited. 

Applicants must submit:

  1. a curriculum vitae
  2. a syllabus for a Jewish studies course s/he has taught
  3. a personal statement of research interests and pedagogical goals of not more than 1000 words.
  4. a brief description of a topic or issue that you would find it helpful to address during the workshop

Please submit all materials electronically by January 12, 2024 to msm8@williams.edu and myers@history.ucla.edu.