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The department is proud to congratulate PhD candidate Sarah Zaides on being named a 2015-16 Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow for her dissertation project "Tevye’s Ottoman Daughter: Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews in the Shatterzones of Empires, 1882-1923."

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Religion & Ethics, granted by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, supports original and significant study of ethical and religious values, and is one of the most selective and prestigious national awards for doctoral reserach. This year Sarah was one of only 22 recipients of the fellowship, across the entire country and all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Great job Sarah!

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Katja Schatte is a PhD candidate, studying post-World War II socialist societies. Her interests range from Cuba to the Soviet Union, and almost everywhere in-between, but her dissertation focuses on the history of Jews in East Germany, a rarely studied community that survived both the Nazi Holocaust and communist religious repression. Schatte seeks to move past the official narratives of the East German regime and Jewish community leaders, to access the everyday experience of what it was like to live as a Jew in the communist bloc. 

Faculty Book Corner

For the Makahs, a tribal nation at the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States, a deep relationship with the sea is the locus of personal and group identity. Unlike most other indigenous tribes whose lives are tied to lands, the Makah people have long placed marine space at the center of their culture, finding in their own waters the physical and spiritual resources to support themselves. This book is the first to explore the history and identity of the Makahs from the arrival of maritime fur-traders in the eighteenth century through the intervening centuries and to the present day.