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2020-21 Graduate Student Summer Funding Recipients

2020-21 Graduate Student Summer Funding Recipients Posted on June 30, 2021


Congratulations Graduate Student Summer Funding Recipients

The American Academy for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the winners of its grants for graduate student summer research funding.  

AAJR provides stipends for up to $4,000 to promising graduate students in any field of Jewish Studies at a North American university who have submitted their prospectus and have a demonstrated need to travel to archival, library, or manuscript collections or for ethnographic research.

Gavin Beinart-Smollan, New York University
Fragile Ties: The Transnational Family Strategies of Lithuanian Jews Through Migration and War

Amy Fedeski, University of Virginia
What We Want To Do As Americans: Jewish Political Activism and United States Refugee Policy (1965-1989)

Steven T. Green, University of California, Santa Cruz
Noshing in the Midwest: Foodways in Midwestern Jewish Communities

Hannah Zaves-Greene, New York University
Able to Be American: American Jews and the Public Charge Provision in United States Immigration Policy (1891-1934)

Rachelle Grossman, Harvard University
Cultural Capitals: Postwar Yiddish Publishing in Buenos Aires and Warsaw (1945-1984)

Tamara McCarty Hauser, The Ohio State University
Marginalized Motion: Late-Medieval German Dance in Law, Practice, and Memory

Isabelle S. Headrick, University of Texas at Austin
A Family in Iran: Networks of Love, Learning and Labor in the Alliance Israélite Universelle (1908-1978)

Aleksandra Jakubczak, Columbia University 
Protecting the Jewish Daughters: The Economics of Sex Work and Mobility between the 1870s and 1939

Sayantani Jana, University of Southern California 
Mass Violence, Gender and Silenced Memory: The Kristallnacht of 1938 in Berlin and the Great Calcutta Killings of 1946

Ellen E. Johnson, Clark University 
Encountering Others: Jewish Social Identity and Intergroup Relations in the Riga Ghetto

Rachel Smith, University of California, Los Angeles 
The Alliance Israélite Universelle and the Racial Politics of Ethnography

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 and workshops for graduate students and early career scholars.