Although the Program in Judaic Studies is designed for undergraduates, there are many graduate students at Princeton who are pursuing topics relevant to Judaic Studies within their home departments. At the present time, these include Anthropology, Architecture, Comparative Literature, English, Germanic Languages and Literature, History, Music, Near Eastern Studies, Politics, and Religion.
Abraham Berkovitz is currently a PhD candidate at Princeton University's Department of Religion, where he explores biblical interpretation and cultural interactions between Jews and Christians during Late Antiquity. He is currently in coursework. He completed an M.A. in Bible at Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and a B.A in Jewish Studies.
Shira Billet entered the Religion Department in 2010. She studies modern Jewish thought and intellectual history, with a focus on German Jewish thinkers spanning the period from unification through the second world war, with a particular interest in the political, legal, and ethical implications of religious thought. Topics of interest include the political overtones and undertones - in their local and particular historical contexts, in the broader context of a more sweeping intellectual history, and with an eye toward contemporary conversations - of discussions of sin, the problem of evil, aesthetics, emotion, race and peoplehood. Shira received her BA in Religion from Princeton University, and is a Wexner graduate fellow in Judaic Studies, as well as a graduate fellow at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization.
Yossi Harpaz, department of Sociology, received his M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel-Aviv University, where he studied the proliferation of dual citizenship among Israelis whose families immigrated from Central and Eastern Europe. Yossi is interested in understanding ethnic and national identity, focusing in particular on the way it is shaped by experiences of migration and conflict. His current project deals with these topics through a comparative examination of several cases of dual citizenship among immigrants to and from Europe.
Jonathan Henry came to the Religion Department in 2014, where he studies developments in Christianity and Judaism, as well as their broader contexts in the ancient and late antique Mediterranean. Jonathan is currently researching the ways authors claim knowledge and control of supernatural entities, employing these figures as rhetorical instruments to establish boundaries of identity, and to fortify social cohesion and adherence to community standards of ethics and morality. He has served as a research assistant to Peter Schäfer in the topic of patristic uses of Enoch, and in the final stages of theToledot Yeshu project.
John Lansdowne is a graduate student in the Dept. of Art and Archaeology. A native of Cleveland, OH, he received his B.A. in Classics and History from Boston College (2007) and M.Phil. in Classical Archaeology from St Cross College, Oxford (2011). He travels to Israel this summer to conduct research for his potential dissertation project on the concept of the 'New Jersualem' and its manifestation in the art and architecture of the Medieval Latin West.
Jessi O'Rourke-Suchoff is in the Department of Comparative Literature. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010, focusing on mixed media and photography in the contemporary American novel. She is currently interested in modern and contemporary British, American, and French novels in terms of object theory and the formation of national and collective memory and identity, as well as issues surrounding modes of writing in the Hebrew Bible.
Sheera Talpaz is a graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan (2009) and a BA with Honors in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago (2007). She studies modern Hebrew and Arabic literatures and is also interested in issues of translation.
Alexander Wamboldt (6th-year graduate student in Anthropology) works on law, kinship, and ritual in Israel. He examines the confluence of neoliberal lifestyles and romantic ideals with legal and religious regimes upon the lived experiences of individuals and families as they couple, get married, and divorce. He is interested in how people navigate their personal trajectories through these institutions throughout their lifetimes, and how these choices affect the nation-state, governance, Judaism as a religion and as a culture, gender, ritual meaning, and the assemblage of the social. He is currently writing his dissertation on Israelis who marry within the state Rabbinate as well as those who create alternative ceremonies outside of it.