Ilana Ben Ezra
Ilana Ben-Ezra was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled "Legal Innovation, Indifference, and Inheritance: Raymond de Penaforte and the Jews (c. 1175-1275)," under Professor Elisheva Baumgarten at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. This research will continue her dissertation’s examination of the prominent thirteenth-century Dominican friar, Raymond de Penaforte's perspective on and approach to Jews in his juristic texts. Her postdoctoral project seeks to evidence Raymond's broader impact in two ways. First, it compares him more closely to later jurists to show that they utilized his opinions, thereby amplifying his influence. Second, the project expands the consideration of Raymond in his broader cultural and political context to demonstrate his absorption and transmittal of Christian discursive norms regarding Jews.