Graduate Students

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




Shalom RosenbergShalom Rosenberg
PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature

Research interests: Jewish Cinema, LGBTQ+ Cinema, Israeli Cinema, and the intersections of Jewish Queer representations and identity on screen (Film/TV/Web and Media) with a particular focus on gender, sexuality, religion, culture, ethnicity, and race

PhD University of Maryland (in progress, expected 2021)
MFA Film and Electronic Media, American University 2017 
BA Film Studies with a minor in Education, CUNY Brooklyn College 2003

In past semesters here at the University of Maryland, Shalom (Pronouns: He/Him/His) has taught Introduction to Israeli Cinema, The Jewish Image on Screen (Film/TV/Web), and Gender & Sexuality in Israeli Cinema.  This semester, he is teaching two courses: Academic Writing and Film Art in a Global Society/ LGBTQ+ Cinema.  Shalom has also taught Survey of International Film and History of Cross-Cultural Cinema at American University.