Research Fellows

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Research Fellows



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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