Jaclyn Granick completed her PhD in international history at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland in 2015 after reading Social Studies at Harvard as an undergraduate. She is currently working on a monograph, International Jewish Humanitarianism in the Age of the Great War based on her prize-winning doctoral research, which investigates American Jewish responses to Jewish suffering abroad from 1914-1929. As a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy, she is also beginning a new project on Jewish women’s internationalism and universalism in the long twentieth century.
Her research interests include interactions among transnational non-governmental organizations, states, and international organizations; religious internationalism; history and historiography of Jewish diplomacy and philanthropy; late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century institutional and diplomatic history in the United States and Europe; humanitarianism, human rights, and social reform.
Stefano Salemi is Tutor in theology and biblical studies at the University of Oxford (Dep.Cont.Educ.), Associate Lecturer at Chichester University, UK, and at the International Centre for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies (CAMNES, Italy). He completed his PhD in Theology and Biblical Studies (New Testament and Early Christianity, Pontifical Theological Faculty of Apulia, Italy), on the reception of the Passion Narrative in biblical exegesis, in Latin and Greek sources and in later theological developments, engaging with linguistics and re-readings of the Hebrew Bible. Research fellow and visiting scholar at Harvard, Yale, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his recent project, funded at King’s College London, focuses on how the Hebrew terms used to express the symbolic dimension of prophetism in the MT of Ezekiel are rendered in the LXX and serve to construct its theological interpretation. His research interests include biblical hermeneutics and theology, lexicography and linguistics of Hebrew and Greek in exegesis, reception history, reformation and Adventist theology, narrative/rhetorical criticism.
Peter Bergamin completed his DPhil in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford in 2016, with a thesis that traced the ideological development of the pro-Fascist, Revisionist Zionist ideologue, Abba Ahimeir. His research focuses on Maximalist-Revisionist Zionism, and Jewish anti-British resistance during the period of the Mandate for Palestine. He is currently working on a monograph based on his doctoral thesis (The Makings of a Zionist Revolutionary: Abba Ahimeir’s Ideological Genesis, 1921-1934), as well as carrying out research for a new project that examines Britain’s decision to withdraw from Mandate Palestine, in 1947. In the future, he hopes to combine his previous experience as a musician with his current research interests, in projects that will examine the effects of antisemitism on Gustav Mahler’s directorship of the Vienna Court Opera, and antisemitic characterisations in the operas of Richard Wagner. In addition, he is a tutor for the Visiting Student Programme at Mansfield College, Oxford.
Aya Elyada (PhD 2010, Tel Aviv University) is Senior Lecturer at the Department of History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She spent five years as a visiting doctoral student at the University of Munich, Germany, and three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University, NC. Her fields of interest are German and German-Jewish history and culture; Christian-Jewish relations; Yiddish language and literature; and the social and cultural history of language. Her publications include papers in the Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook (2008), Past and Present (2009), Zeitschrift für Religions-und Geistesgeschichte (2017), the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (2017), and the Jewish Quarterly Review (2017). Her book, A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish: Christians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany, was published in 2012 by Stanford University Press. Her current book project discusses the cultural history of German translations from Yiddish from the mid-16th century and up to 1938.
Daniel Schumann is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow with a project entitled “A New Methodology for Comparative Analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Cognate Literature”. He completed his PhD in Theology (New Testament and Ancient Judaism) at Münster University in 2018, with a thesis on vows in Ancient Judaism and Earliest Christianity that had a special focus on the possibilities and limits of making exegetical and historical use of Rabbinic texts in the course of elucidating traditions from the time of the Second Temple. In the future, he hopes to combine the outcomes of his PhD thesis and his postdoctoral project in a textbook on comparative work in the study of the New Testament and Ancient Judaism.
Yael Fisch submitted her PhD dissertation titled Paul’s Interpretation of Scripture and the Pre-History of Midrash at Tel Aviv University (2018). She is interested in scriptural interpretation in antiquity and in the history of hermeneutical methods (allegory, typology, pesher, midrash) and in the possibilities (and limitations) on using the Paul’s letters in the reconstructing early and under-documented Jewish interpretative traditions in the first century CE. She has also worked and published on parallel traditions between Josephus and the Rabbis. In her postdoctoral project, titled The Hermeneutics of Torah to the Gentiles: Scripture Beyond Ethnic Particularity, she intends to explore Jewish discourses from Alexandria and Judea/Palestine that think of scripture as addressing non-Jews as well as Jews, and the ways by which these discourses have reshaped Torah and its interpretative practices. Beyond a contribution to the field of scriptural interpretation, she intends the project to serve as a critical inquiry into the ancient Jewish roots of universalism.