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New event series this year! The Jewish Studies faculty is hosting quarterly seminars featuring the research projects of our Jewish Studies Graduate Fellows. These talks will take place at lunchtime, 12:00-1:30 pm, on the UW campus. Join us to hear about the latest innovations in the field from our talented class of 2016-17 fellows!

Vegetarian lunch will be provided; please RSVP so that we can plan our catering accordingly. Everyone who RSVPs will receive an advance copy of the research papers to be discussed.

Oded Oron

Oded Oron

Oded Oron – 2016-17 Rabbi Arthur A. Jacobovitz Fellow. His research project is “Migrants’ Mobilization for Rights and Recognition in Israel and the United States”

Oded Oron was born and raised in Tel Aviv, and his research focuses on the political mobilization of labor migrants and undocumented workers in Israel and the USA. Oded already holds degrees in Political Science and Communications as well as in Politics and Government. Prior to his enrollment in the Jackson School’s International Studies doctoral program, Oded worked in the Israeli media and government communications, and also worked for Hillel at UCLA. This is his second year in the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship.

Esra 2016Esra Bakkalbasioglu – 2016-17 Robert and Pamela Center Fellow. Her research project is “Non-Jewish Citizens of the Jewish State: Bedouin Citizens’ Perception of the State in Israel.”

Esra Bakkalbasioglu is a PhD candidate in Near and Middle Eastern Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She received her MA and BA degrees in Political Sciences and International Relations from Bogazici University, Turkey. She is writing her dissertation on the politics of infrastructure in the peripheral regions of Turkey and Israel. This is Esra’s second year in the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship. Check out Esra’s new blog post, Questions of Denial.

This research seminar will be facilitated by Prof. Kathie Friedman of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Save the date for the final seminar in the series:

Life in Conflict Zones, Thursday, May 11th, 12:00-1:30 pm, featuring Ozgur Ozkan (JSIS-International Studies) and Emily Gade (Political Science)