Members

If you would like to be included in our public list of members, please send an email to jewish.muslim@umich.edu, stating your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), link to research profile/personal website, and research interests.

Coordinators

Adi Saleem Bharat, University of Michigan, USA
Research interests: Jewish-Muslim relations; LGBT+ Muslims; ex-Muslims and apostasy from Islam; antisemitism; Islamophobia; activism; community building

Katharine Halls, CUNY Graduate Center, USA
Research interests: Modern Egypt; gender; marriage; Jewish studies; Karaite Jews; Middle Eastern Jews

Flora Hastings, SOAS, University of London, UK
Research interests: Jewish-Muslim relations in contemporary Barcelona; comparative Jewish and Muslim anthropology; progressive forms of Judaism and Islam; neo-liberalism; migration and contemporary European identity; diasporic identity; cosmopolitanism; mnemohistory.

Members

Daisy Abboudi, Sephardi Voices, UK
Research interests: Jewish communities of the MENA region and Sudan

Lucia Admiraal, University of Amsterdam, NL
Research interests: Jewish history in the modern Middle East; ‘Arab-Jewish’ encounters; Egypt, Israel/Palestine; intellectual responses to Fascism and Nazism in the Middle East; (global) intellectual and conceptual history

Iskandar Ahmad Abdalla, Freie Universität, Germany
Research Interests: Islam and secularism in Europe; Jewish-Arab relations; cultural and film history in the Middle East

Seth Anziska, University College London, UK
Research interests: Jewish-Arab relations in the modern Middle East; Lebanon; Israel; Palestine; afterlives of political violence

Kimberly Arkin, Boston University, USA
Research interests: French national identity; national, religious, racial, and gendered identities in France and Western Europe; Jewishness in France

Musab Joshua Atasoy, SOAS, University of London, UK and Institut Calem, France
Research interests: Islam; Judaism; LGBTQIA; religious studies; linguistics

Catherine Atkinson, University of Manchester, UK
Research interests: Gender; sexuality; education

Moshe Behar, University of Manchester, UK
Research interests: Jewish thought in the Middle East; the global phenomenon of nationalism; the Palestine/Israel question

Sophie Belot, University of Nottingham, UK
Research intersts: Algerian documentary cinema; gender studies; philosophy (phenomenology); emotion

Aviva Ben-Ur, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Research interests: Atlantic Jewish history; slavery studies; Ottoman diaspora

Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, City College of New York, USA, and University of Amsterdam, NL
Research interests: Haiti; migration; Italian literature; French literature; postcolonial studies; anthropology; human rights

Chen Bram, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Research interests: Inter-group relations; Jewish-Muslim relations; ethnicity and religion; diaspora and immigration; Holocaust and genocide studies; multiculturalism

Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading, UK
Research interests: late-nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century literature; modernism and politics; fiction and ethnicity; postcolonial literature and theory; British-Jewish literature; theories of “race” and modernity; Holocaust testimony

Sultan Doughan, Boston University, USA
Research interests: citizenship; religious minorities; race; Holocaust & genocide; memory politics; Germany; secularism; nationalism & affect

Yulia Egorova, Durham University, UK
Research interests: Anthropology of Jewish communities; anthropology of science; Jewish-Muslim relations

Vanessa Paloma Duncan Elbaz, University of Cambridge, UK
Research interests: Music; nationalism; diversity; gender; North Africa

Brandon William Epstein, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Research interests: queer theory; Israel; (Foucauldian) power; multilingualism; additional language education; (online) ethnography; youth studies and culture; ethnicity; applied and sociolinguistics;  identity politics; orientalism

Sami Everett, University of Cambridge, UK
Research interests: Multiculturalism; cultural diversity; multilingualism; migration; Jewish-Muslim relations

Yuval Evri, King’s College London, UK
Research interests: Arab-Jewish history and culture; Palestine; Hebrew-Arabic multilingualism; Jewish-Muslim tradition; Al-Andalus as travelling concept

Joseph Ford, Institute of Modern Languages Research, UK
Research interests: Francophone literature and culture; Algeria; Algerian Civil War; postcolonial studies; world literature; literary translation

Cathy Gelbin, University of Manchester, UK
Research interests: European life and its Jewish cultures; modern German-speaking Jewish culture; Holocaust representations

Gilang Al Ghifari Lukman, University of Oxford, UK
Research interests: Arab-Israeli conflict, Jewish and Muslim fundamentalism, Haredi-Salafi comparative studies

Jonathan Glasser, William & Mary, USA
Research interests: Historical anthropology; music, poetics and performance; colonialism; textuality; culture theory; North Africa and the Middle East; Muslim-Jewish interaction

Warda Hadjab, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France
Research interests: Sociology; political science; French Muslims; Islam in France

Yaron Harel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Research interests: Modern Jewish political, social, economic and cultural history in the Middle East; Israel Studies; rabbinic literature, tradition and society; Zionism in the Middle East

Ouissal Harize, Durham University, UK
Research interests: North African and Middle Eastern Studies; Maghrebi fiction and film; Palestinian/Israeli fiction and film; cultural studies; terrorism studies

Catherine Hezser, SOAS, University of London, UK
Research interests: social history of Jews in Roman Palestine in late antiquity; modern Jewish identity and its literary expressions in Europe, America and Israel

Jonathan Hirsch, Universität Potsdam, Germany
Research interests: Modern Jewish Diaspora history; religion and secularism in modernity; Arab/Muslim-Jewish encounters; Jews in colonial societies

Aaron W. Hughes, University of Rochester, USA
Research interests: Jews in the late antique Arabian Peninsula; Jewish-Muslim relations in the medieval period; Israel/Palestine

Sarah Irving, Leiden University, NL
Research interests: Mandate Palestine; Ottoman Palestine; social history; gender; environmental history; Arabic literature

Chris Jardine, University of Edinburgh, UK
Research interests: Islamophobia and antisemitism in contemporary France; laïcité; French politics and society; migration and identity; French language policy; Francophone postcolonial studies

Elizabeth Johnstone, University College London, UK
Research interests: Gender and sexuality in Islam; queer Muslim identity construction and community building; migration studies

Caroline Kahlenberg, Harvard University, USA
Research interests: Arab-Jewish relations in early 20th century Palestine; histories of bodies, material culture, and clothing; Jews in the Arab world; histories of domestic labor

Robert Kanter, University of Manchester, UK
Research interests: Jewish-Muslim relations in the UK

Nadia Kiwan, University of Aberdeen, UK
Research interests: Francophone cultural studies; Islam in contemporary France; migration studies; secularism; social movements; sociology

Brian Klug, University of Oxford, UK
Research interests: Racism; Islamophobia; antisemitism; Jewish identity

Nancy Ko, Columbia University, USA
Research interests: Comparative race and racialization; 19th- to 21st-century Sephardi and Mizrahi history and literature; histories and theories of settler colonialism

Selin Korkmaz, University of Manchester, UK
Research interests: Refugee education in inclusive education nexus in Turkey

Tzvi Langermann, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Research interests: History of science; Maimonides; Jewish thought in Yemen; the study of unpublished manuscripts

Jonathan Lawrence, University of Oxford, UK
Research interests: Gender and sexuality in Arabic and Islamicate literary contexts and histories; Arabic literature; senses and embodiment; emotions; love; theories of intimacy and love

Vladimir Levin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Research interests: Jewish history; Eastern Europe in the modern period

Nadia Malinovich, Université de Picardie, France
Research interests: Jewish-Muslim relations; Jewish memories of the Muslim world; transnational migration of MENA Jews after WWII; the schools of the Alliance Israelite Universelle; MENA Jews in 20th Century France, Canada, and the United States

Fraser McQueen, University of Sterling, UK
Research interests: Islamophobia in France; 21st century French literature; 21st Century French film; postcolonial French studies; politics and literature; religion and politics

Tommaso M. Milani, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Research interests: Multilingualism; language politics; gender; sexuality; homonationalism; queer theory; space/place

Michael Miller, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Research interests: Jewish mysticism; modern Jewish philosophy; Black Judaism; Hebrew Israelites

Dalia Mostafa, University of Manchester, UK
Research interests: Literature; cinema; gender politics; popular culture

Craig Perry, University of Cincinnati, USA
Research interests: Jewish and Islamic history; slavery and the slave trade

Robert F. Phillips, Ball State University, USA
Research interests: Anthropology of religion; sexual and religious subjectivities

Matthew Shahin Richardson, University of Newcastle, UK
Research interests: Geographies of religion; myth, symbol, and ritual in the anthropology of religion; Marxism and religion; ethnoreligious minorities in the UK

Fabrice Roger, University of Bristol, UK
Research interests: Representation of Islam in contemporary France; assimilationism; multiculturalism; laïcité; French culture and identity; French media; critical discourse analysis.

Achim Rohde, Academy in Exile, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Research interests: Modern and contemporary history of the Middle East; Jews in Muslim majority countries; history of Oriental Studies in Germany

Zoë Roth, Durham University, UK
Research interests: Jewish literature and visual culture; critical race studies; aesthetics and literary form

Saleena Saleem, University of Liverpool, UK
Research interests: Multiculturalism; ethnicity; political science; Islam and democracy; political Islam; Islam and gender

Vincent Sallé, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
Research interests: Cultural studies; comparative literature; literary criticism; gender and sexuality

Elli Tikvah Sarah, Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, UK
Research interests: Gender; sexuality; intersectionality

Zainab Salloo, University of Manchester, UK
Research interests: Language maintenance; British Muslims; South Asian communities

Nathalie Ségeral, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA
Research interest: Holocaust and genocide studies; contemporary Jewish identities; women’s and gender studies; memory and trauma studies; translation (theory and practice)

Shanon Shah
Research interests: Contemporary Islam and Christianity; gender and sexuality; new religious movements; religion, ethnicity and nationalism

Tania Shew, University of Manchester, UK
Research interests: History of feminist political thought; trans-Atlantic women’s suffrage movement; anti-antisemitism and the left in Britain and America; Jews, Muslims, and women in the Enlightenment

Christopher Silver, McGill University, Canada
Research interests: Modern Jewish history; 20th century North Africa and Middle East; popular culture and music

Karen E H Skinazi, University of Bristol, UK
Research interests: Orthodox Jewish women’s culture; Muslim women’s narratives; Jewish-Muslim relations

Younasse Tarbouni, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Research interests: Mediterranean migrations; apostasy; religion, race and identity in academia; political Islam

Rebekah Vince, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Research interests: North African Francophone literature; Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Francophone studies; memory studies; translation

Yair Wallach, SOAS, University of London, UK
Research interests: Palestine/Israel; visual culture; urban studies; social history; cultural history

Saeko Yazaki, University of Glasgow, UK
Research interests: Mystical and epistemological dimensions of religion; Muslim-Jewish relations; Sufism and Zen; concept of purification in belief; doubts in faith; methodological issues in religious studies

Mourad Yelles, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France
Research interests: Comparative literature; Maghrebi literature

Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, Institut Calem, France
Research interests: Muslim communities in Europe and diaspora; gender and sexuality in Islam; LGBT Muslims; liberation theologies; psychology of religion; cognitive science