Stroum Center Staff

Brendan Goldman outdoors, smiling

Brendan Goldman, Interim Associate Director & Program Manager

Brendan Goldman joined the Stroum Center as Project Manager in fall 2022 after completing a two-year appointment as the Hazel D. Cole Postdoctoral Fellow at UW. As Project Manager, Brendan administers faculty committees, meetings and requests for funding; oversees program budgets; assists in the stewardship of donor events; and helps implement the Center’s public programming.

Brendan received his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University in 2018. He subsequently was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University where he coordinated the Comparative Diplomatics Workshop and taught American History at Northern State Prison in Newark, NJ. As Cole Fellow at UW, Brendan offered courses on queer premodernities, the prison state and Jewish-Muslim relations. Brendan’s research focuses on Arabic-speaking Jewish communities in the medieval Islamic world. His first book, “Camps of the Uncircumcised: The Cairo Geniza and Jewish Life in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem,” is under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press. Brendan has also written on the evolution of prisons in premodern Islamic contexts and the impact of the prison state on Jewish communities in the Near East. In his free time, Brendan enjoys playing in queer sports leagues, chilling with his dog, going to the gym and teaching himself the ukulele.

E-mail: bgg213 @ uw dot edu

Grace Dy smiling, outdoors

Grace Elizabeth Dy, Event & Outreach Coordinator

Grace Elizabeth Dy is excited to return to the Stroum Center as the Event and Outreach Coordinator, after completing a B.A. in comparative religion with a minor in Jewish studies and B.S. in biology with a minor in education at the University of Washington. Their other work focuses on equitable teaching practices, culturally responsive mental health, LGBTQ+ Jewish language, and the intersection of science and religion. In their free time, Grace Elizabeth likes reading autobiographies, baking, traveling, and learning new languages.

E-mail: dyg @ uw dot edu

Portrait of Jenny McCullum

Jennifer McCullum, Sephardic Studies Assistant Director

Jennifer McCullum joined the Stroum Center as the Assistant Director of Sephardic Studies in 2022, after having served on the center’s Advisory Board since 2018. Jennifer works closely with program chair and Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies, Devin Naar, to advance the mission of the Sephardic Studies Program through global community engagement and events, as well as to support the continued development of the Sephardic Studies Digital Collection, one of the largest online open-access repositories of Ladino books and Sephardic artifacts in the world.

A Folio ‘Eddie’ award-winning journalist, Jennifer comes to the Stroum Center with a background in editorial and communications, most recently holding positions with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GRAY magazine and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Jennifer received a B.A. in English with a dual concentration in literature & psychology and Hispanic studies from Trinity College. Her passion for Sephardic culture and education stems from her family’s matrilineal roots in Salonica, Greece, and she was recently granted Spanish citizenship per the 2015 restorative legislation for Sephardim whose ancestors were expelled during the Inquisition.

E-mail: jemccull @ uw dot edu

Kara Schoonmaker

Kara Schoonmaker, Web & Digital Projects Manager

At the Stroum Center, Kara Schoonmaker enjoys editing and formatting all kinds of writing, designing new features for the website, and honing her skills in videography and video-editing. When not working for the Stroum Center, she teaches English, writing, math and technology skills at Seattle-area community colleges. In her free time — when she has it — Kara reads voraciously, works on film and other storytelling-related projects, and tries to improve her speaking and writing skills in the Thai language. She holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies in the humanities from the University of Chicago and master’s degree in education from the University of Washington.

E-mail: kschoon @ uw dot edu