U.S. Senior Scholars Fellows

2019-2020

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2018-2019

Ron Avi Astor

Ron Avi Astor

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) -> The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ron Avi Astor is the Marjorie Crump Professor at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs of Social Welfare. He holds a joint appointed in the School of Education. He was awarded a
Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship for his project “Addressing School Safety at the National Scale, for Each School, and Sustained Over Time: A Two-Decade Historical and Empirical Case Study on the Israeli System of School Safety”. He will explore how Israel has successfully addressed issues of school safety in a systemic way. These policies and practices have reduced victimization levels and become an example for many other countries and states. Astor’s research examines the role of the physical, social-organizational and cultural contexts in schools related to different kinds of bullying and school violence.

Ron’s recent publications include:
Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (2019). Bullying, school violence, and climate in evolving contexts: Culture, organization and time. New York: Oxford University Press.
Astor, R.A., Jacobson, L., Wrabel, S., Benbenishty, R., & Pineda, D. (2018) Welcoming practices: Creating schools that support students and families in transition. New York: Oxford
University Press.
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Menachem Elimelech

Menachem Elimelech

Yale University -> Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Menachem Elimelech is the Roberto Goizueta Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His research focuses on membrane-based technologies at the water-energy nexus, materials for next-generation desalination and water purification membranes, and environmental applications of nanomaterials. Professor Elimelech was the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his research contributions. Notable among these awards are the 2005 Clarke Prize for excellence in water research; election to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2006; Eni Prize for ‘Protection of the Environment’ in 2015; and election to the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2017. Professor Elimelech has advised 39 PhD students and 32 postdoctoral researchers, many of whom hold leading positions in academia and industry. In recognition of his excellence in teaching and mentoring,
he received the Yale University Graduate Mentoring Award in 2004 and the Yale University Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize in 2012.
Menachem's recent publications include:
Yousefi, N., Lu, X., Elimelech, M., Tufenkji, N. Environmental performance of graphene-based 3D macrostructures, Nature nanotechnology, 14, pages107–119, 2019.
Mauter, M.S., Zucker, I., Perreault, F., Werber, J.R., Kim, J.H., Elimelech, M. The role of nanotechnology in tackling global water challenges, Nature Sustainability, 1, 166–175, 2018.
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Joseph Galron-Goldschläger

Joseph Galron-Goldschläger

The Ohio State University -> Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Joseph Galron-Goldschläger is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University Libraries and is the Hebraica and Jewish Studies Librarian as well the German Language and Literature Librarian. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship Fellowship to pursue his project “Modern Hebrew Literature – a Bio-Bibliographic Lexicon” an online resource at: http:/go.osu.edu/hebrewlit. While in Israel he will explore deeply the Kressel biographical archive at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem that includes ca. 10,000 letters and documents to and from Hebrew writers of the 1960s collected by G. Kressel for his Lexicon but not included in the printed edition. Newly discovered materials will be added to the online database and update entries as needed. He also would like to use the archives of the Gnazim Institute in Tel Aviv that is housing hundreds of personal archives of Hebrew authors from the nineteenth century to the present, and the Heksherim Institute in Beer Sheva that is the home of several archives of contemporary Hebrew authors (as Amos Oz, Nissim Aloni, David Schütz, and others)
Joseph’s recent publications include:
Personal bibliographies of Hebrew scholars as Professor Dan Miron (2007), Professor Nurit Govrin (2005), Professor Nathan Rotenstreich (2010), Professor Moshe Pelli (2017), Professor Dov Sadan (1986), Poet and playwright Nathan Alterman (1988- ), and more.
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Philip Hopper

Philip Hopper

University of Northern Iowa -> Beit Berl College
Philip Hopper is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue his interest in vernacular archives with the Time Tunnel project at Beit Berl College. Related projects include Fortepan Hungary and Fortepan Iowa, which are designed to give artists and researchers a way to explore the commonalties of everyday life in a historical context. Other scholarly projects include Images of Conflict in the Public Sphere, which is a cross-cultural study of public image making related to conflict. He has published in journal articles, book chapters and gallery presentations. His teaching includes courses in digital media production, media criticism and a core writing class.
Philip’s recent publications include:
Hopper, P. Beyond the Wall in Dheisheh Camp: From Local to Transnational Image-Making, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal, Vol. 1, Article 7, 2016
Hopper, P. Nakba Day: The Ephemera of Martyrdom, Universitas: The University of Northern Iowa Journal of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, Volume 11, 2016
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David Rumschitzki

David Rumschitzki

The City College of New York -> Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
David Rumschitzki is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the City College of New York, a member of the PhD programs in Chemistry and Biology at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York and an Adjunct Research Scientist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He was a warded a Fulbright Senior Scholar for a project entitled, “Theory & experiment for breast cancer dormancy & recurrence” at the Rappaport
Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in collaboration with Professor Yuval Shaked. David holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in the College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Department. He has worked on reaction kinetics and used asymptotic analysis on interfacial stability problems. Recently he has turned his interests to problems in biology – theory and experiment, including early events in atherogenesis and more recently to a theory for how populations of tumors change in time and how tumors may reappear after long periods of apparent dormancy, with experiments on zebra¬fish melanoma. This project will test this theory on a well-known mouse breast cancer model.
David's recent publications include:
Toussaint, J., Raval, C. Nguyen, T., Fadaifard, H., Joshi, S., Wolberg, Quarfordt, S., G., Jan, K.M. and Rumschitzki, D.S., “Chronic hypertension increases aortic endothelial hydraulic conductivity by upregulating endothelial auqaporin-1 expression,” AJP Heart Circ., ajpheart 00651, 2017
Lesi, A., Heilmann, S., White, R.M. and Rumschitzki, D.S., “A model for the time rate of change of tumor populations with application to zebrafish melanoma”, in review., 2019
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Adriana Brodsky

Adriana Brodsky

St. Mary’s College of Maryland - Tel Aviv University
Adriana Brodsky is an Associate Professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue her project “Navigating Multiple Diasporas: Argentine Sephardi Youth at Home and in Israel, 1948-1976” at Tel Aviv University. The project follows young Sephardim who lived in the Jewish and Sephardi diasporas, creating strong ties to Argentina and learning political lessons that they applied to their Zionist work. When they migrated to Israel, they struggled to adapt to the circumstances, continued to feel like Argentines, and became identified as Latin Americans. The study reveals a reality that speaks to the modern condition, and underscores the role of youth in reconfigurations of ethnic, diasporic, and national identities.
Adriana’s recent publications include:
Sephardi, Jewish, Argentine: Community and National Identity, 1880-1960. Indiana University Press, 2016; "Belonging to Many Homes: Argentine Sephardi Youth in Buenos Aires and in Israel, 1956-1976." In Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century, edited by Richard Jobs and David Pomfret, 213-235. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; "Argentine Sephardi Youth: Between Aliyah and Activism, 1960-1970." Journal of Jewish Identities 8, no. 2 (2015): 113-135.
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Michael Broyde

Michael Broyde

Emory University - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Michael J. Broyde is a Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law and the Projects Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue his project “Religious Arbitration in Diverse Western Democracies: Preserving Rights and Adding Values in a Pluralistic Democracy” at Hebrew University. His research will focus on regulating religious community in a way that encourages its modernization and discourages its radicalization. It will address one of the most serious challenges confronting every western democracy: preventing the rise of radical religion.
Michael’s recent publications include:
Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts, and Christian Panels: Religious Arbitration in America and the West. Oxford, 2017. He has published more than ten books and more than 150 articles on matters of law and religion, Jewish law, the impeachment process and other areas of comparative law.
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Jennifer Irish

Jennifer Irish

Virginia Tech - University of Haifa
Jennifer Irish is a Professor of Coastal Engineering at Virginia Tech. She was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue her project “Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Assessment in the Context of Sustaining Israel’s Archaeological Sites and Coastal Infrastructure” at the University of Haifa. She strives to minimize the potential for a coastal hazard to become a disaster by advancing physical understanding of coastal inundation as well as advancing methods for quantifying the likelihood of coastal inundation. This project aims to quantitatively understand the danger tsunamis pose to Israel’s coast, namely by probabilistically quantifying the likelihood and magnitude of tsunami inundation using contemporary statistical approaches and ancient evidence of tsunamis.
Jennifer’s recent publications include:
Resio, D.T., Asher, T., Irish, J.L., The effects of natural structure on estimated tropical cyclone surge extremes, Natural Hazards, 88(3), 1609–1637, 2017;
Yang, Y., Irish, J.L., Weiss, R., Impact of patchy vegetation on tsunami dynamics, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 143(4), 04017005, 2017;
Smallegan, S.M., Irish, J.L., van Dongeren, A.R., den Bieman, J.P., Morphological response of a sandy barrier island with a buried seawall during Hurricane Sandy, Coastal Engineering, 110, 102110, 2016.
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Laura Kessler

Laura Kessler

The University of Utah - University of Haifa
Laura Kessler was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue her research project entitled “Family Equality in Plural Legal Systems: Achieving Equality Rights in Marriage and Divorce in Israel and the United States” at Haifa University. She will investigate strategies of lay advocates and civil rights lawyers working to achieve equal family rights, with an eye toward developing legal responses to conflicts between secular and religious norms relating to the family in divided societies. Kessler is a Professor of Law at the University of Utah. Her scholarly interests are the legal regulation of family, intimacy, and work. She teaches courses on family law, feminist jurisprudence, employment discrimination, and reproductive issues.
Laura's recent publications include:
Kessler, L. “Employment Discrimination and the Domino Effect.” Florida State Law Review 44, no. 4 (2018).
Kessler, L. “‘A Sordid Case’: Stump v. Sparkman, Judicial Immunity, and the Other Side of Reproductive Rights, Maryland Law Review 74, no. 4 (2015): 833-920.
Kessler, L. “New Frontiers in Family Law.” Transcending the Boundaries of Law: Generations of Feminism and Legal Theory. Ed. Martha Albertson Fineman. New York: Routledge (2011): 226-242.
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Paul Light

Paul Light

New York University - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Paul C. Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue his project “The Revolution in How to Innovate” at Ben Gurion University Israel. Light will continue his effort to develop a classification scheme for assessing recent efforts to accelerate social change. His argument is that there is not too little advice on how to ignite social entrepreneurship and innovation, but too much. His project is designed to bring
greater clarity to the choice of interventions for enhancing social change.
Light’s recent publications include:
The Government-Industrial Complex (Oxford, 2018).
Driving Social Change (Wiley, 2011), The Search for Social Entrepreneurship (Brookings, 2008)
A Government Ill-Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It (Harvard University Press, 2008)
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Greg Mahler

Greg Mahler

Earlham College - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gregory S. Mahler is Academic Dean Emeritus and Research Professor of Political Science at Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana. He has been involved in the study of Israeli politics since his Ph.D. dissertation work, which produced his first book The Knesset: Parliament in the Israeli Political System. Mahler recently completed twenty years serving as Academic Dean at Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana) and Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Michigan). While serving as Chief Academic Officer at these institutions he continued to teach courses on Israeli politics. Mahler has served as President of the Israeli
Studies Association, and has lectured widely on the topic of Israeli politics. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue his project titled: “The Knesset and Palestine: The Role of Israel’s National Legislature in the Development of Policies of Occupation and Governance.”
Mahler's recent publications include:
Politics and Government in Israel: The Maturation of a Modern State (3rd Edition, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Introduction and Documentary Reader (2nd edition, Routledge, 2018).
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Getachew Metaferia

Getachew Metaferia

Morgan State University - Tel Aviv University
Getachew Metaferia is Professor of Political Science at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to teach African History and Contemporary Politics of Africa at Tel Aviv University and conduct research in the Bete Israel community. His research aims to explore the experience of the Ethiopian Jews in Israel, their current situation, and the vision they have for their country, Israel, and the country they left behind, Ethiopia.
Getachew’s recent publications include:
“Remembering the Victory of the Battle of Adwa: A Pan-African and Post-Independence African Perspective” in Olaywola Abegunrin, Africa: The State of the Continent Fifty Years after the Liberation.” New York: Nova Publishers, 2014.
Ethiopia and the United States: History, Diplomacy, and Analysis, New York: Algora Publishing, 2009.
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Israel Wachs

Israel Wachs

Lehigh University - Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Israel E. Wachs is the G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue the projects “Upgrading of Natural Gas to Value-Added Products” and “Catalyst for the Selective Catalytic Reduction of High Concentrations of NO for a Sustainable Carbon-free Nitrogen-based Synthetic Fuel.” Catalysts are materials that accelerate and control chemical reactions. His research aims to establish molecular level structure-performance relationship of catalysts that will guide the rational design of advanced catalysts. At the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel will try to better understand these catalytic processes.
Israel’s recent publications include:
“Nature of Active Sites and Surface Intermediates for SCR of NO with NH3 by Supported V2O5-WO3/TiO2 Catalysts,” M. Zhu, J.-K. Lai, U. Tumuluri, Z. Wu, I.E. Wachs, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 (2017) 15624–15627;
“Identification and Regeneration of Molybdenum Oxide Nanostructures on Zeolites for Catalytic Conversion of Natural Gas to Liquids,” J. Gao, J.-M. Jehng, Y. Tang, I.E. Wachs and S.G. Podkolzin, Science 348 (2015) 686-690.
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