Scholars

Each year the Institute hosts approximately 40 academics as members of Research Groups. These scholars constitute the vanguard in their various disciplines, coming from a wide range of fields and diverse backgrounds, from Israel and abroad. Free of their normal teaching obligations and administrative duties, their collaborative research at the IIAS enables them to engage in joint research projects. With their fellowship at the Institute as the launching-pad for long-term interaction, the Institute contributes to the interchange of knowledge and the vitality of academic life in Israel and throughout the world.
Lucia-Melloni

Lucia Melloni

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Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

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Lucia Melloni is a Professor at the Department of Neuroscience at Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. She is also Professor at the Department of Neurology at NYU. Her studies investigate how the brain learns to segment continuous speech into relevant units, and where this takes place, by using statistical learning paradigms and intracranial recordings. 

2019-2020 Fellow: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Consciousness: an Interdisciplinary Approach to a Perennial Puzzle

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Svetlana Natkovich

Svetlana Natkovich

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University of Haifa
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Svetlana Natkovich works in the Department of Jewish History at the Haifa University. Among her interests questions of Jewish modernization in the Eastern Europe, history of the early Zionism, questions of intersection between history and literature, and the history of Jewish literatures.

Read more about Dr. Natkovich here,

 

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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

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Northwestern University

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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern (Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2001, Ph.D. Moscow University, 1988) is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish History in History Department at Northwestern University. He teaches a variety of courses that include early modern and modern Jewish History; Jews in Poland and Russia; Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah; history and culture of Ukraine; and Slavic-Jewish Literatures. 

His research was supported by the DAAD Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, Fulbright, Davis Center at Harvard, Kosciuszko Foundation, the Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, the Lady Davis Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. For his teaching, Petrovsky-Shtern won a Northwestern University Distinguished Teaching Award.

He has been a visiting professor at the universities in Toronto, Paris, Kyiv, Lviv, Warsaw, Krakow, Munich, and Jerusalem. 

For his expertise, Petrovsky-Shtern has been appointed a Fulbright Specialist on Eastern Europe; a Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; a Visiting Professor at the Free Ukrainian University in Munich, and an honorary doctor of the National University Kyiv Mohyla academy in Kyiv.

He has published more than a hundred articles and six books, including most recently The Golden-Age Shtetl: a New History of Jewish Life in East Europe that appeared in paperback with Princeton University Press, 2015.

He appeared with commentaries on the situation in Ukraine at Chicago Public Radio, Associated Press Radio, National Public Radio, and also on TV at ZiK, Al Jazeera, WTTW and CBS. 

In addition to his teaching and research, he is also an amateur artist whose conceptualist figurative artwork appeared in several museums including Spertus Museum Gallery in Chicago and Ukrainian Museum in New York.

At present YPS is working together with Dean Phillip Bell on a documentary history The Jews in the Early Modern World, 1450-1750 (Oxford University Press).

 

 

Read more about Prof. Petrovsky-Shtern here. 

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Michael-Shadlen

Michael Shadlen

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Columbia University

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Michael Shadlen is a Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University, and a principal investigator at Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. He investigates the neural mechanisms that guide decision making, thus offering a window into fascinating aspects of higher brain function, such as reasoning, planning and strategizing. 

2019-2020 Fellow: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Consciousness: an Interdisciplinary Approach to a Perennial Puzzle

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Daphna Shohamy

Daphna Shohamy

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Columbia University

Daphna Shohamy is an associate professor in the Psychology department at Columbia University. Her area of interest is the cognitive neuroscience of learning, memory and decision making. She adopts an integrative approach that draws broadly on neuroscience to make predictions about cognition. Predictions are tested in behavioral and neuroimaging studies in healthy individuals, and in patients with isolated damage to specific brain systems. 

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Efraim Sicher

Efraim Sicher

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Prof. Efraim Sicher is an Israeli literary scholar. He obtained his PhD at Oxford University and now teaches at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Among other subjects, his specializations include modern Jewish culture and Holocaust literature. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including several works on the Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel. He edited the Penguin Classics edition of Babel's short story collection Red Cavalry.

 

Read more about Prof. Sicher here. 

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Sharóne Tomer

Sharóne Tomer

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Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design
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Sharóne Tomer is an architect, architectural historian and architectural educator. She is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Virginia Tech. Her work sits at the intersection of architectural history and urban studies. Her research explores how architectural practices operate within and address conditions of urbanized inequality, with attention to issues of race, gender and climate change. 

2019-2020 Fellow: Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

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Ana Vas

Ana Vaz Milheiro

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Lisbon University Institute
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Ana Vaz Milheiro is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism, ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute. She is head researcher for the research project "Homes for the biggest number: Lisbon, Luanda, Macao". Her research interests cover Architecture and Urbanism in Former Portuguese Colonial Territories.

2019-2020 Fellow: Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

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Han Zhai

Han Zhai

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Wuhan University

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Han Zhai, Ph.D (2017), Tilburg University, is the lecturer of constitutional law at Wuhan University, China. She holds an LL.M of the Chinese University of Political Science and Law and an LL.B of Inner Mongolia University. The edited version of her PhD thesis, Constitutional Identity of Contemporary China: the Unitary System and Its Internal Logic, will be published by BRILL in late 2019. Her proposed research in the 2019-2020 Research Group 'Constitutional Transplantation' is on the constitutional fate of post-war East Asia.

She is also an invited research fellow in the 15-country comparative project Government by Algorithms: A Comparative Analysis of How New Technologies Changes and Influenced the Administration and Judiciary since 2018, initiated by Leiden University and the Société de Législation Comparée. She works as the executive editor of the collected translation series Contemporary China in the overseas studies since 2018, established by the Central Institute of Socialism, China.

In the early career period, her research topics include

·         Comparative constitutional law: socialist constitutional legacies, regional constitutional orders in the post-WWII era, the internal vulnerability and openness of the 'reforming' constitutions

·         Constitutional politics: party law, secession and regional independence

·         Chinese constitutional history of the reform era: the CCP's epistemological understandings on the concepts of constitutional law and legalism, the constitutional implications of the developing fiscal system in contemporary China

·         Research methodologies and professional ethics: defining the post-1978 constitutional law scholarship in China, methodological approaches in studying constitutional issues in a realistic context.

Contact information: hzhai@outlook.com

 

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Lorenzo Zucca

Lorenzo Zucca

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King’s College London

 

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Lorenzo Zucca is Professor in Law & Philosophy. Lorenzo's special interests span from human rights law and philosophy to constitutional theory, with a focus on the relation between Church and State. 

He's now working on a project entitled 'The Uncertainty of Will,' which explores Shakespeare's vision on the connection between power and knowledge and examines its psychological and philosophical insights on human cognition and human institutions. 

He is the author of Constitutional Dilemmas- Conflicts of Fundamental Legal Rights in Europe and the USA (OUP, 2007) and numerous articles on human rights law and theory. His second monograph is entitled A Secular Europe: Law and Religion in the European Constitutional Landscape (OUP 2012). This is a study of one of the most pressing problems in Europe and includes issues such as the protection of religious freedom, the limits of religious toleration, and a wider debate on European identity.

 

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spamann holger

Holger Spamann

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Harvard University
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Prof. Holger Spamann is the Lawrence R. Grove Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches corporate law and corporate finance. His research focuses on the law and economics of corporate governance and financial markets, judicial behavior, and comparative law. Before embarking on his academic career, he practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton in New York and clerked for two years in Europe. He holds too many degrees, among them a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He is a member of the bar of New York and qualified for the German bar.

Read more about Prof. Holger Spamann here.

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simone tang

Simone Tang

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Cornell University
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I am interested in morality and ethics in organizational contexts. In one program of research, I study how humanizing organizations (thinking that organizations are similar to human beings) influences how people perceive and judge them. These include, for example, how people assign responsibility, empathize, and trust the organizations. In another area of research, I study how moral motivations, such as loyalty, influence people's attitudes and behaviors. Outside research, I like going to the theatre, such as musicals and plays, going to museums, exploring cities by doing restaurant crawls, hiking, running, going to classical concerts and going to comedy shows. I love playing the piano.

 

 

Read more about Professor Simone Tang here.

 

 

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Luke Yarbrough

Luke Yarbrough

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University of California
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 Prof. Luke Yarbrough’s research deals with two topics that are of direct relevance to “Cultural brokerage in premodern Islam.” First, he publishes on the Muslim normative orders that governed the presence of non-Muslims in premodern Islamic societies, including law—the socalled “dhimma system”—but encompassing the normative outlooks of Muslim rulers and belletrists as well those of as jurists.

Read more about Prof. Luke Yarbrough here.

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