2022 JDC Archives Fellows Announced

Supporting cutting-edge research in the JDC Archives.

The JDC Archives is pleased to announce that it has awarded seven new fellowships for 2022. JDC Archives Fellowships are awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study, to conduct research in the JDC Archives – either in New York or Jerusalem. 

The following scholars have received 2022 JDC Archives Fellowships: 

  • Dr. Danielle Battisti  of the University of Nebraska is the recipient of the Fred and Ellen Lewis/JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Battisti will investigate the origins and functions of the Intergovernmental Committee on European Migration (ICEM). 
  • Dr. Robin Buller,  a postdoctoral fellow at the Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington and a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley, is the recipient of the Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Buller will research the rescue of Ottoman and post-Ottoman (Greek, Turkish, and Bulgarian-born) Sephardi Jews from occupied France during the Second World War and after the Holocaust. 
  • Walter Francis,  a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, is the recipient of the Ruth and David Musher/JDC Archives Regional Fellowship. Mr. Francis will examine efforts by Tunisian Jews before the Six-Day War to rebuild their community and retain their ties to Tunisia as a homeland, while simultaneously building connections to the wider Jewish world. 
  • Ethell Gershengorin,  a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the recipient of the Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship. Ms. Gershengorin will examine Jewish pogrom aid and its role in Bolshevik state building, 1917-1924. 
  • Dr. Rebecca Kobrin  of Columbia University is the recipient of the Fred and Ellen Lewis/JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Kobrin’s project uses a close examination of several representatives of the JDC in the Far East to ask larger questions about the role NGOs played in American diplomacy in this region. 
  • Dr. Michael Rom,  a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is the recipient of the Nathan and Sarah Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Rom will conduct research on Egyptian Jewish emigration to Brazil between 1956 and 1961. 
  • Dr. Yair Wallach  of SOAS, University of London, is the recipient of the Ruth and David Musher/JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Wallach will research Ashkenazi migrants and refugees in Egypt and Lebanon, and their relations with local societies—including Sephardic Jews, as well as Muslims and Christians. 

Read about the projects of former JDC Archives Fellows and view their public lectures here. See our Fellowships and Grants page for further information on our fellowship opportunities.