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Mentors

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Dana Herman, American Jewish Archives
Dana Herman earned a PhD in modern Jewish history from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her thesis dealt with the restitution of heirless Jewish cultural property after World War II. For more than a decade, she has been working at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was named the Director of Research & Collections in July 2018. Among her responsibilities, she oversees the daily operations of the archive; manages the publication of the AJA’s semi-annual, peer-reviewed periodical, The American Jewish Archives Journal, and directs the institution’s fellowship program. She has lectured around the world and has published articles and edited volumes in the field of twentieth-century Jewish history.

Willa Johnson, University of Mississippi
Willa Johnson is Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Mississippi.

Helen Kim, Whitman College
Helen Kim is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Sociology at Whitman College.

Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, The Jewish Federations of North America
Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz is Senior Director of Research and Analyis and Director of the Berman Jewish DataBank, both at The Jewish Fedeartions of North America.

Josh Lambert, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Yiddish Book Center
Josh Lambert is currently the Academic Director of the Yiddish Book Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts.

Andrea Lieber, Dickinson College
Andrea Lieber is Professor of Religion and the Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies at Dickinson College.

Annie Polland, American Jewish Historical Society
Annie Polland is the executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society. She previously served as the Executive Vice President for Programs and Interpretation at the Tenement Museum.

Bryan Roby, University of Michigan
Bryan Roby is an Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

Joshua Shanes, College of Charleston
Joshua Shanes is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston.

David Shyovitz, Northwestern University
David Shyovitz is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies.