Jewish Studies Program Alumni

Erez Ben-Yosef

Erez Ben-Yosef, Ph.D

Anthropology (Archaeology), 2010

Dissertation: "Technology and Social Process : Oscillations in Iron Age Copper Production and Power in Southern Jordan"

After defending his dissertation in 2010, Erez conducted a post-doctoral research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) focusing on the ancient copper mines of Cyprus. Since 2011 he has taught in the Department of Archaeology and the Graduate Program in Archaeology and Archaeomaterials at Tel Aviv University. He is the head of the Levantine Archaeometallurgy Laboratory, and the director of the Central Timna Valley Project (CTV), a multi-year multidisciplinary research targeting various aspects of the archaeological record in the vicinity of the copper ore deposits of the southern Aravah, Israel ( The first phase of the CTV project focuses on copper production at the time of ancient Israel (the United Monarchy) and the early Edomite Kingdom.

Daniel Frese

Daniel Frese, Ph.D

History (Ancient Israelite), 2012

Dissertation: "The Civic Forum in Ancient Israel: The Form, Function, and Symbolism of City Gates"

Daniel graduated in 2012 from the History Department with a Ph.D. in ancient Israelite history. His dissertation was entitled "The Civic Forum in Ancient Israel: The Form, Function, and Symbolism of City Gates," and was co-directed by William Propp (History) and Tom Levy (Anthropology). Since graduating, Daniel has been a Visiting Scholar in Judaic Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at Franklin & Marshall College, an undergraduate liberal arts college in Lancaster, PA. Daniel's research focuses broadly on the social and religious history of the southern Levant during the Iron Age, including art and architecture, the Hebrew Bible, and archaeology. He recently published a paper with the title "Lessons from the Potter's Workshop: A New Look at Jeremiah 18:1-11" in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.

Maggie Levantovskaya

Margarita Levantovskaya, Ph.D

Literature, 2013

Dissertation: "Rootless Cosmopolitans: Literature of the Soviet-Jewish Diaspora"

After defending her dissertation in 2013, Margarita (Maggie) Levantovskaya began teaching in the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There she teaches courses on post-Soviet culture, Russian language, and twentieth-century Jewish literature and film. Her current research project examines representations of cultural identity and diaspora in contemporary fiction about the migration of Russian-speaking Jews in the late-twentieth century. She is particularly interested in the work of Russian, Russian-Israeli and Russian-American authors. Her project interrogates the place of Jews in the larger Russophone diaspora and highlights the ways in which ex-Soviet Jews challenge traditional conceptions of Jewish diaspora. Maggie is also conducting research on "experiments with autobiography" in the work of Russian-Jewish fiction writers and visual artists.

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