Postdoctoral Fellows

Brendan Goldman

Brendan Goldman is a historian of the medieval Mediterranean (1000-1300 CE) and its Jewish communities. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. He received his PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University in June 2018. His current book project explores how ordinary Syrian Jews experienced conquest and regime change during the Crusades and how they helped shape the institutions of the Latin Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem. Brendan specializes in the study of Cairo Geniza documents and recently published an article on Geniza sources in the journal Crusades.

Shayna Zamkanei

Shayna is currently an Israel Institute Fellow at Princeton University. Prior to this, she was a Frankel Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research explores the impact of dislocation on Middle Eastern Jewish communities in the United States and Israel, and her findings have been published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Israel Studies, and Jewish Culture and History. She is currently working on a monograph dealing the politics of recognition of Jews from Arab countries. Dr. Zamkanei earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.