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Mentor Space

The Association for Jewish Studies invites early career scholars and graduate students to participate in the annual conference’s mentorship program. Mentees will be matched with a senior scholar to discuss various aspects related to career development and the publication and grant-writing processes, among other potential topics. Mentees will meet with their mentors at a mutually agreed upon time during the conference.

To apply to the mentorship program, complete the application form by Thursday, November 15. Applicants, who must be current 2018–2019 AJS members, will have the opportunity to name your top three choices of mentors from the list of participating scholars.

Contact Amy Weiss at with questions.


Samantha Baskind, Cleveland State University

Art in America, Europe, and Israel; comics and graphic novels; other forms of American popular culture and Holocaust in art

Sarah Bunin Benor, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Jewish languages; Jewish English; social science; Orthodox Jews; Jewish education

Kimmy Caplan, Bar Ilan University

Jewish religious history in the 19th and 20th centuries (religious trends, popular religion, sermons and homiletic literature)

Dana Herman, American Jewish Archives

American Jewish history, 20th century Jewish history, postwar, Master of Library & Information Science

Ari Kelman, Stanford University

Education, social science, how we know things, music, North America

Joshua Lambert, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Yiddish Book Center

Modern and contemporary Jewish American literature and cultural studies, including media, popular culture, legal history; Yiddish American literature and culture

Laura Leibman, Reed College

American Jewish history/culture, particularly before the civil war, digital humanities, and material culture; perspective of liberal arts colleges

David Shneer, University of Colorado, Boulder

Russian Jewish history, Yiddish culture, Jews and sexuality, diaspora studies, Holocaust studies

Benjamin Sommer, The Jewish Theological Seminary

Biblical studies and Jewish thought, history of Israelite religion, worship in ancient Israel, theologies of revelation, phenomenology of religion

Michael Swartz, Ohio State University

Cultural history of Judaism in late antiquity, rabbinic studies, early Jewish mysticism, magic, ritual studies

Magda Teter, Fordham University

Early modern Jewish religious and culture history, Jewish-Christian relations, the politics of religion

Beth Wenger, University of Pennsylvania

American Jewish history, with interests in immigration, gender, historical memory, and cultural, social, and religious history

Wendy Zierler, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Feminist studies and modern Jewish literature