Although the Program in Judaic Studies is designed for undergraduates, there are many graduate students at Princeton who are pursuing topics relevant to Judaic Studies within their home departments. At the present time, these include Anthropology, Architecture, Comparative Literature, English, Germanic Languages and Literature, History, Music, Near Eastern Studies, Politics, and Religion.
Djair Dias Filho joined the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity subfield in 2017. Being broadly interested in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins, he hopes to concentrate on the study of the Graeco- Roman world in its Jewish and pagan expressions, as well as on the ways both of these cultures may intersect not only with each other, but also with New Testament and early Christian contexts. One particular interest has been Philo of Alexandria. As a member of the Portuguese translation project of Philo’s works, Djair has devoted a considerable part of his research working on this Hellenistic Jewish author, and plans to use his massive corpus as a starting point to explore a variety of issues pertaining to the disciplines of philosophy, biblical interpretation, classical reception studies, and early Christianity.
Eliav Grossman Religion
Rebekah Haigh, Religion
Judah Isseroff began his studies in the Religion, Ethics, and Politics subfield of the Religion Department in 2016. He is primarily interested in conceptions of Jewish citizenship in the diaspora and Israel, specifically the public role of religion and religious discourse. Prior to coming to Princeton, Judah worked in campaign politics and received a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in 2013.
Isaac (Yitz) Landes began his studies in the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity subfield of the Religion Department in 2016. Prior to arriving at Princeton, Yitz completed a BA in Talmud and Halakha and Religion and an MA in Talmud and Halakha at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While studying for his MA, Yitz participated in Hebrew University's Program for the Study of Late Antiquity and was a fellow in its Advanced School for The Study of the Humanities. His MA thesis, a study of a liturgical text that first took shape during Late Antiquity, dealt with Jewish approaches to ritual following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. Yitz continues to be interested in the history of liturgy and ritual, and he has recently begun to work on the religious history of the Jews during the 6th-8th centuries.
Elias Pitegoff, German
Yoav Schaefer, Religion
Taylor Paige Winfield is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. She received her B.A. in Sociology, with a minor in Anthropology, from Stanford University (2013). After undergraduate, she studied rabbinic law and Jewish mysticism at Mechon Pardes and Yeshivat Hadar. During this time, she also researched the immersion experience of newly orthodox Hasidic women in Jerusalem. Taylor is currently interested in the mechanisms through which Jewish organizations convince secular Jews to become more religious and how these techniques are employed on college campuses. Additionally, she is exploring how the theories of early Jewish Sociologists were influenced by the Torah and Talmud.