Members – Jewish-Muslim Research Network


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


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

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.


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

Yael Attia, Universität Potsdam, Germany
Research interests: Modern French Jewish thought; Jewish studies; postcolonial theory; twentieth- and twenty-first-century Jewish political thought; Jewish-Muslim relations

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

Edmund Chapman, Maynooth University, Ireland
Research interests: comparative and world literature; critical theory and continental philosophy; antisemitism; migration and refugeedom; translation and multilingualism; postcolonial theory

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

Thea Gomelauri, University of Oxford, UK
Research interests: Scriptural reasoning; biblical studies; Hebrew manuscripts; interfaith relations; religion and traditions

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

Isabelle Hesse, University of Sydney, Aus
Research interests: Israeli and Palestinian literature and film; the intersection of Jewish, postcolonial, and Middle Eastern studies; and the representation of Israel and Palestine in British and German culture

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

Hagai van der Horst, SOAS, University of London, UK
Research interests: racism in the news; mainstream, liberal-left forms of racialisations; postcoloniality; Children and Armed Conflicts (CAAC)

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, Michigan State University, USA
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

Fatiha Kaoues, CNRS & EPHE-PSL, France
Research interests: Sociology; political anthropology; mobilisations, evangelisms and fundamentalisms; conversion; religious circulations; the Arab world; Islam in France and Europe; interfaith dialogue

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: Inclusive education; national identity; occidentalism; collective memory; diaspora and immigration

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

Ruth Mandel, University College London (UCL), UK
Research interests:  Anthropological perspectives on Jews and Muslims in Europe; politics of Holocaust memorialisation; Stolpersteine and counter-monuments; migration and diaspora

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

Elí Melgar, Independent Scholar, El Salvador
Research interests: Migration and human rights; critical theory; decolonial feminisms; Marx and marxisms; law and aesthetics; performance and history of science

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

Dekel Peretz, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Research interests: Jewish-Muslim encounters in Berlin; German Jewish history and identity; post-colonial theory

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

Elisha Russ-Fishbane, New York University, USA
Research Interests: Jewish-Muslim encounters and engagements in the medieval Islamic world—religious, intellectual, cultural, social, and political

Ariane Sadjed, Institute of Iranian Studies, Austria
Research Interests: Cultural History of Iran and the Persianate world; Jewish historiography; Middle Eastern Jews; Religion, Diaspora and Transnationalism; Oral History; Islam, Modernity and Secularism

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

Randal F. Schnoor, York University, Canada
Research Interests: Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Canada; Contemporary Jewish life in North America; gender and sexuality; Jewish-Muslim relations in Medieval Spain

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

Deborah Starr, Cornell University, USA
Research interests: Identity and intercommunal exchange in literature and film, with a focus on the Jews of Egypt; cosmopolitanism; postcolonial studies; minorities of the Middle East; urban studies

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

Ángeles Cohen, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary
Research interests: ethnography, narratives, identity construction, Spanish-Moroccan Jewry, colonization, cosmopolitanism, Sephardi history, Mizrahi feminism, masortiut

Bashar Malkawi, University of Arizona, USA
Research interests: relationship between trade and peace, Israeli trade with Arab countries, and WTO law

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