Graduate Students

Noa Balf HeadshotNoa Balf
PhD Candidate Department of Government and Politics | MA Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Brandeis University 2010 | BA Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Brandeis University 2009

Research Interests:  Political representation; Gender and Politics; Political Parties; Electoral Systems; Democratic Legislatures; Gender and Security


Moran Stern HeadshotMoran Stern
PhD Candidate in Government and Politics, International Relations and Comparative Politics

Research Interests: Militant Nonstate Actors, Middle East Politics and Security Issues



Thair Ras HeadshotThair Abu Ras
Government and politics

Research interest: Jewish identity, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, US-Middle East relations, Israeli Politics



ShalomShalom Rosenberg
PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature
MFA Film and Electronic Media, American University 2017 | BA Film Studies with a minor in Education, CUNY Brooklyn College 2003

Research interest: Jewish Cinemas, LGBTQ Cinemas, and Israeli Cinemas




ChenChen Edrei
PhD Candidate at the Jewish Studies department, the Israel Studies program, and the Comparative Literature program

Research interest: Hasidic literature from the nineteenth century as a genre that offers an alternative path for the modernization of the Jewish world.
Her research deals with questions of Individualism, Nationalism and modern aesthetics.