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2016-2017 Faculty Accomplishments

This page lists our Jewish Studies Program core and consulting faculty achievements for 2015-2016, including publications, presentations, awards, fellowships, and other relevant and noteworthy accomplishments.

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Andrew Berns

Federica K. Clementi

Saskia Coenen Snyder

Meir Muller

Sara Schwebel 

Harvey Starr 


Andrew Berns

Upcoming courses: 

Fall 2016, History 383: Ancient and Medieval Jewish History 

Fellowships and awards: 

Humanities Grant, Office of the Provost, University of South Carolina

Walker Institute Faculty Travel Grant (2016)

Papers presented in the last year: 

"Abraham Portaleone (1542-1612) and Monsters." Conference Paper, Frankfurt, Germany, May 2016 

"Botanical Knowledge, Agricultural Practice, and Sartorial Propriety in late Medieval Mediterranean Jewish Culture." Conference Paper, University of California, Irvine/ University of Southern California, April 2016

"'Women who Love to Go Out': Jewish Women as Peddlers in Renaissance Italy." Conference Paper, "Individuals and Legal Institutions Around the Medieval Mediterranean," Duke University, March 2016 

"Why Should We Care about Jewish Farmers in the Middles Ages?" Seminar, History Center, University of South Carolina, February 2016

Publications- Book

The Bible and Natural Philosophy in Renaissance Italy: Jewish and Christian Physicians in Search of Truth, Cambridge University Press, 2015 

Publications- Recent articles: 

“The Role of Hebrew in Medical and Natural Scientific Research in Early Modern Italy,” in Joanna Weinberg, ed., Jewish Texts and Their Readers in Early Modern Europe (EJ Brill, 2016) 

Publications-- popular writing 

"The Scent of the Field." Tikkun, Spring 2016 


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Federica K. Clementi

Upcoming courses: 

"Shoah Memory, Memoirs and Memorials" USC Honors College 457 (Fall 2015)

Fellowships and Awards:

Clementi has been nominated Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellow of English Language and Literature

2015 International Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Scholarly Academic Workfor the volume Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, Sarah Lightman editor (2015) to which Clementi contributed an essay

USC Provost Grant ($13,270) which will allow Clementi to conduct research on her third book project through the fall 2016

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures:

Clementi organized and directed the first Jewish Studies and Holocaust Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina: “Women and the Holocaust: Cultural Productions and Interpretations” (March 1-3, 2015)

“Reading Nature in Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud,” paper presented at the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference (Boston, 13-15 December, 2015)

“Jewish Humor and the Jewish-American Experience”: invited lecture at John Cabot University (Rome, Italy, February 8, 2016)

“A Feminist Reading of Anne Frank’s Diary: Unexplored Perspectives:” invited lecture at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA, October 17, 2016)

Other invited public presentations include:

“Making the Holocaust Relevant in the 21st-Century Classroom,”workshopfor the 10th Annual Teacher Conference “Lessons from the Holocaust” by the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust (Columbia, SC, October 16, 2015)

Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture, Francis Marion University (Florence, SC, 2015)

Introduced and moderated the discussion with Israeli writer Etgar Keret at the Fall Literary Festival (USC, October 2015)


Book: Out of America – under review

Book: An Ecocritical Reading of the Holocaust – in progress

Articles: “Between Jew and Nature: Tracing Jewish Ethics in the Ecological Imagination of Bernard Malamud’s Dubin’s Lives” – under review

“Describing the Indescribable: ‘Holocaust’ and Its Meaning” published in The State’s Holocaust Supplement, April 12 (2015) 5 and 23


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Saskia Coenen Snyder

Fellowships and awards:

2016-1017 ASPIRE Grant (Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence) recipient to support my new book project on Jews in the 19th century transatlantic diamond trade, tentatively titled: Diasporic Gems: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Global Commerce.

Jack and Anita Hess Research Fellow at the Holocaust Memorial Museum this summer to prepare my new course on the history of Anne Frank for the Honors College for the Fall 2016 semester.
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award, Brandeis University, 2015
Visiting Professor of Modern Jewish History at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, June – July 2015, taught a class on "Material Culture and Jewish History" there.
Became the Associate Director of the Walker Institute for International and Area Studies at USC in 2015. 

Publications and Blogs

“An Urban Semiotics of War: Signs and Sounds in Nazi-Occupied Amsterdam,” which will be published in Studies in Contemporary Jewry (Volume 30, 2016)

“Not as simple as ‘Bonjour’: Synagogue Building in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” in Zvi Jonathan
Kaplan and Nadia Malinovich's Re-Examining the Jews of Modern France: Images and Identities (Brill, 2016)

The New Books Network, which has a "New Books in Jewish Studies" podcast, interview about my first book with Harvard UP, Building a Public Judaism: Synagogues and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Europe. This is a great series that allows listeners to hear interviews with authors about their work in Jewish Studies. See <

A new article is currently under review: “’As long As It Sparkles!’: The Diamond Industry in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam” 


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Meir Muller

Publications for 2016: 

Alexander, S., Brody, D., Muller, M., Ziv, H. G., Achituv, S., Gorsetman, C., Miller, L. (2016). Voices of American and Israeli Early Childhood Educators on Inclusion. International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education, 8(1), 19-42.

Muller, M. (2016). Intentional practices: One administrator’s path towards equity in Long, S., Souto-Manning, M., & Vasquez, V. M. (2016). Courageous leadership in early childhood education: Taking a stand for social justice (pp.137-149). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Muller, M., Buchheister, K., & Boutte, G. (2016). Multiple perspectives on cognitive development: Radical constructivism, cognitive constructivism, sociocultural theory, and critical theory. The Constructivist. 


Selected to be in USC’s first cohort of Dialogues in Race and Reconciliation Fellows. 

Recent Presentations:

Muller, M. (March, 2016). Is that the one with the cookies or crackers: Constructivism and Jewish Early Childhood Education. Paradigm Conference, MD

Muller, M. (March, 2016). A case study: Successes and struggles of Jewish constructivist teachers. Paradigm Conference, MD

Muller, M (February, 2016). Documentation: Where the Talmud and Jewish early childhood education intersect. Federation, San Francisco 


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Sara Schwebel 


National Heritage Maritime Grant, National Park Service ($49,669), 2016

Provost Humanities Research Grant, University of South Carolina ($19,897), 2016

American Library Association Carnegie Whitney Grant ($5000), 2016

University of South Carolina Josephine Abney Faculty Fellowship Award ($5000), 2015

Daughters of the American Revolution Special Projects Grant ($10,000), 2015 


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Harvey Starr 


Presidential Theme Panel: "On the Career Contributions of Harvey Starr," International Studies Association Annual Meeting, March 2016, Atlanta. 

Named the International Studies Association Section on Political Demography and Geography’s 2016-17 Distinguished Scholar. The "Distinguished Scholar Panel in Honor of Harvey Starr" is scheduled for the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, February 2017, Baltimore.

President, International Studies Association, 2013-14

Received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association, "in recognition of scholarly contributions that have fundamentally improved the study of conflict processes."

Publications and Blogs 

Zaryab Iqbal and Harvey Starr, State Failure in the Modern World (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016). 

Harvey Starr and Zaryab Iqbal, "State Failure and the International Community," Political Violence @a Glance: Expert Analysis on Violence and Its Alternatives, May 4, 2016; at [blog article]


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