Research Fellows

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Research Fellows


Prof. Gideon Kouts 

Gideon Kouts is Emeritus Professor of Modern Jewish History, Culture and Communication; Head of the European Institute of Hebrew Studies at Paris 8 University, France, where he served as Head of the Cultures and Communications Masters’ Program and Head of the Hebrew and Israel Studies Department and its Research Unit.  He is the Editor of REEH- the European Journal of Hebrew Studies, and of Kesher-the International Journal of Jewish Press and Communications History Research published by the Institute of Research of Jewish Press and Communications at Tel-Aviv University  Senior international correspondent for the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation and “Maariv” daily and Honorary President of the French Foreign Press Association. Professor Kouts has also lectured at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1992-4).  His research focuses on Jewish Press and Communications History, as well as International Communications and Foreign Reporting, Propaganda and National Identity studies.  Among his books: News and History: Studies in History of Hebrew and Jewish Press and Communications , Tel Aviv University- Zionist Library-Bialik Institute , 2013 (in Hebrew); The Hebrew and Jewish Press in Europe- Select Problems in Its History, Suger University Press, Paris- London, 2006; Editors and Journals: Studies in History of the Hebrew and Jewish  Press , World Hebrew Union, Jerusalem, 1999 (Hebrew); La presse hébraïque en Europe: ses origines et son evolution de 1856 à 1897, (2 vol), Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, Lille ,1997 ; Les grands périodiques hébraïques en Europe, Maisonneuve et Larose, Paris, 1993; Book chapters and articles in scholarly journals published  in  Hebrew, French, English, Polish, Russian, German and Spanish. 


Dr. Aya Udagawa

Aya Udagawa received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Tokyo in 2018. Her doctoral thesis “Life and Quest among the Secular Jews in Argentina” is based on her field research conducted in Buenos Aires, Argentina during 2011- 2013. A book based on her thesis “Jews in spite of all” (in Japanese) is forthcoming in 2020. She explored the various spheres of Jewish memory, from the food memory in family recipe to collective memory piled in archives. She is currently starting her new research project “Anthropology of Archives in Israel”, focused on the dynamics of actors (not only materials but also archivists, donators or fund raisers) of Diaspora communities and Israel. Her research interests include: memory, archive, Diaspora and Israel, spiritual search, food studies. 


Dr. Natan Lederman Sokol

Professor and researcher at the Metropolitan University of Caracas. Doctorate in Economics, with studies in sociology and business administration in the United States and Venezuela. Professor Lederman has also worked as a public policy consultant for multilateral organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization of American States and the International Organization for Migration, among others. Also in the past, he held high positions in the Venezuelan public administration, of which he has been separated for more than two decades. Professor Lederman is known in Venezuela for his activity as a lecturer and for his articles and interviews in the media. The purpose of his research project in Israel is to study the opportunities for integration in the scientific and technological fields between Israel and Latin America, as well as to evaluate the commercial potential not realized and its possible impact, in order to formulate proposals and recommend reforms. in different areas.


Dr. Adriana M. Brodsky

Associate Professor of Latin American History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, obtained her PhD from Duke University in 2004. Her book Sephardi, Jewish, Argentine: Creating Community and National Identity, 1880-1960, was published with Indiana University Press in 2016. She has co-edited with Raanan Rein (Tel Aviv University) a book titled The New Jewish Argentina (Brill, 2012), with Beatrice Gurwitz and Rachel Kranson a special issue of the Journal of Jewish Identities on Jewish Youth in the Global 1960s, and with Monique Balbuena a special issue in the same journal on Latin America. She has also published on Sephardi schools, and on Jewish beauty contests in Argentina. Most recently, an article on Sephardi food in Argentina will be coming out in an anthology edited by Hasia Diner and Simone Cinotto (Nebraska University Press, 2018). Her new project explores the experiences of Argentine Sephardi youth in Zionist movements from the 1940s-1970s. She is currently co-President of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.

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