Online voting for this year's slate of board nominees to the AJS Board is now open.
Please note that you are being asked to vote on two slates. One is the slate for six new Directors to replace the six Directors (out of a total of 18) whose terms of office expire in December 2021. This slate was assembled by the AJS Nominating Committee from names submitted by the membership. The second slate is for the new Executive Board, and was drawn from current and past Board members.
Both slates were assembled with an eye to ensuring the diversity of the AJS leadership according to such measures as rank, gender, institution, career/professional status, geographic location, and more.
As in past years, slates can be voted either "up" or "down" in their entirety and votes cannot be placed for or against individual members on a slate. Voting will end on October 29. Results will be announced a week later.
The 2021 AJS Nominating Committee thanks the more than 60 colleagues who nominated members to serve on the board or self-nominated. We read this number, ten times the number of open positions for the board, as a sign of the health of our learned society. We appreciate the many members who thoughtfully answered the questions on the nominations form and expressed their commitment to advancing the work of the AJS. The number and excellence of the nominations compelled the committee to make difficult decisions. Our choices reflected our mandate to nominate a slate that, in joining the continuing board members and newly nominated officers, expresses fully the diversity of our AJS’s big tent. We thank AJS for the opportunity to have been of service.
Pameia Nadell (American University), chair
Shira Kohn (Dalton School)
Miriamne Krummel (University of Dayton)
Geoffrey Levin (Emory University)
Rafe Neis (University of Michigan)
Anita Norich (University of Michigan)
Steven Weitzman (University of Pennsylvania)
Please vote YES or NO for the following two slates of officers.
Susannah Heschel is the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor and chair of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish and Protestant religious thought in Germany during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her books include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus; The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany; Jüdischer Islam: Islam und jüdisch-deutsche Selbstbestimmung; The Muslim Reception of European Orientalism (coedited); and forthcoming with Sarah Imhoff, Jewish Studies and the Woman Question. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received four honorary doctorates and grants from the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, National Humanities Center and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
Alison Joseph is Senior Editor of The Posen Library of Jewish Civilization and Culture. She earned a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a MA in Jewish Studies from Emory University. Her first book Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics, received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. She is also co-editor of Reading Other Peoples’ Texts: Social Identity and the Reception of Authoritative Traditions (2020). Her research interests include gender in the Hebrew Bible, biblical historiography, and feminist historiography. She has taught at Swarthmore College, JTS, Towson University, Villanova University, and Haverford College.
Jonathan Judaken is the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities at Rhodes College. He has published more than 50 academic articles on the history of existentialism, anti-Semitism, racism, and post-Holocaust French Jewish thought. He has written, edited, or co-edited 6 books. Recent publications also include introductions to a co-edited special issue of Jewish History (with Ethan Katz) on “Jews and Muslims in France Before and After Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher” (September 2018) and the roundtable he edited in the American Historical Review titled, “Rethinking Anti-Semitism” (October 2018). His most recent book (co-edited with Michael Lejman) is The Albert Memmi Reader (Nebraska, 2020).
Helen Kim is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Whitman College. Her scholarship focuses on race and American Judaism in the contemporary era. She is co-author of JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America's Newest Jews (University of Nebraska Press, 2016). Helen has served in various administrative capacities at Whitman including Director of the Tenure-Track Faculty Mentoring Program, Director of Encounters (First Year Program), Department Chair and Interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion.
Adam D. Mendelsohn is Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of History at the University of Cape Town. The Centre, the only of its kind in Africa, conducts research focused on Jews in southern Africa, past and present. He is the author of the forthcoming The Jews in Lincoln’s Armies and The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire (2014), and co-edited Jews and the Civil War: A Reader (with Jonathan D. Sarna, 2010) and Transnational Traditions: New Perspectives on American Jewish History (with Ava Kahn, 2014). He has co-curated exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Center for Jewish History. He is co-editor of the journal American Jewish History.
Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman is Associate Professor and chair of the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology department at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Lilach is a historian who specializes in social history of the Jewish society in Mandatory Palestine and the State of Israel. Her research focuses on history of women, gender and family, and includes various essays such as: women’s identity and leadership, women's status and role in national struggle, marriage and motherhood in society that combines tradition and modernization. Her books: Revolutionaries Despite Themselves: Women and Gender in Religious Zionism during the Yishuv Period (Yad Ben-Zvi, 2005) [Hebrew], and Birthrate Politics in Zion: Judaism, Zionism and Modernity in Mandate Palestine, 1920-1948, (Indiana University Press, 2017).