U.S. Master's Degree Fellows

2019-2020

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Israeli Post-doctoral Fellows

2019-2020

Joe Blumberg

Joe Blumberg

Yale University -> The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Joe Blumberg received his B.A. in History from Yale University in May 2019. He focused primarily on the development of religious identities in the United States, and he wrote his senior thesis on Jewish American public oratory in the 18th century. He was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to pursue a a Master's of Arts in Jewish Studies at the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University. In addition to completing the coursework for the degree, Joe will conduct an independent research project that explores the history of American Jews in Jerusalem. After completing his Fulbright fellowship, he will pursue rabbinical ordination and a PhD in History.
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Rosalie Daniels

Rosalie Daniels

Georgetown University -> Tel Aviv University
Rosalie Daniels is a graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she majored in International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy and Policy Processes. She also received a certificate in Justice and Peace Studies and minored in French, spending a semester in France studying at L’Institut D’Études Politiques de Lyon. While a student at Georgetown, Rosalie completed internships with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, the Embassy of France in the United States, U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr., and Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus. After graduating, Rosalie spent two years working with various U.S. government agencies as a federal consultant for IBM. This included work as a legislative affairs consultant for the Department of Defense and work on a pilot program testing Blockchain applications for improved pharmaceutical
traceability in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rosalie has been awarded a Fulbright grant to pursue a Master's of Arts in Security and Diplomacy Studies at Tel Aviv University, where she hopes to research refugee policy and governance.
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Anna Joyce

Anna Joyce

Loyola Marymount University -> Tel Aviv University
Anna Joyce received her B.A. in Psychology and Theology from Loyola Marymount University in 2017. Her research focused on religious studies, while her praxis consisted of engaging with marginalized communities. She held two internships with different federal law enforcement agencies (ICE and US Marshals Service) and examined the role of the federal government in peace and security. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Master's of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (Public Policy) from Tel Aviv University. The Fulbright Fellowship will enable her to continue her research with respect to religion, government, and the marginalized in the international arena.
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Jovan Ruvalcaba

Jovan Ruvalcaba

University of Arizona -> Tel Aviv University
Jovan Ruvalcaba received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and his Juris Doctor (in law) from the University of Arizona. Prior to becoming a licensed attorney, Jovan worked as a legislative intern in the United States Senate, taught English and American culture at the
Federal University of Paraná in Brazil, and served as an AmeriCorps member in Tucson Arizona. The Fulbright Fellowship will allow Jovan to pursue a Master’s in International law (LL.M) at Tel Aviv University. His research interests include: International economic law, International humanitarian law, and disability rights. In his free time, Jovan hopes to learn more about Israel’s national service regime and how it empowers members of the disability community to serve in it. After his Fulbright fellowship, Jovan wants to pursue a career in foreign affairs and diplomacy.
Jovan’s recent publications include:
Ruvalcaba, Jovan. What We Have Lost with the TPP: Value-Driven Trade, A Trigger For WTO\Reform, Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, 349-376 Vol. 35, No. 2 (May 2018).
Ruvalcaba, Jovan. “Lincoln’s Promise” American Assoc. of People with Disabilities (blog) (Dec. 2016).
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Andrew Sobelsohn

Andrew Sobelsohn

Columbia University -> Tel Aviv University
Andrew Sobelsohn is a senior at Columbia University in the City of New York. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Master's of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is a double major in History and English at Columbia University, specializing in the history of the modern Middle East. His senior thesis explores the reestablishment of the judicial system in Palestine under the British military and civil administrations. The summer before his senior year, Andrew received several grants to conduct archival research in England and he interned at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. His research interests include the origins of the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, and the intersection of law and identity in the British Mandate for Palestine. Outside of his studies, Andrew is the president of Columbia University Film Productions, a member of Aryeh: Columbia Students
Association for Israel, and lead guitarist and vocalist for Patches, a student-led folk-rock band. Andrew looks forward to forging strong academic and social connections with the Israeli people to enhance mutual understanding between the U.S. and Israel.
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Matthew Wheeler

Matthew Wheeler

University of Maryland, College Park -> Tel Aviv University
Matthew Wheeler received a B.A. in Arabic Studies with a minor in French from the University of Maryland. He has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a a Master's of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Matthew spent a year in Meknes, Morocco studying Arabic with the Language Flagship as a recipient of a Boren Scholarship. In addition to academics, he interned at the US Department of State and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. As an Army ROTC cadet at Maryland, he participated in an exchange at Morocco’s Royal Military Academy through the ROTC Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program and served as cadet commander of Maryland Army ROTC during his senior year. Matthew will commission as a Military Intelligence officer in May of 2019. He looks forward to immersing himself in Israeli culture and deepening his knowledge of the Middle East in order to better serve the United States in the future.
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