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Berman Foundation Early Career Fellowships
in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community

Directed by the Association for Jewish Studies

The Association for Jewish Studies congratulates the recipients of the 2014-2015 Berman Foundation Early Career Fellowships in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community:

MATTHEW BOXER, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University
Judaism as a Contact Sport: Lessons from Small Jewish Communities

Dr. Boxer’s project focuses on the effects of Jewish community size on Jewish identity and represents an important application of both demography and theories of identity development to a problem that has largely been understudied in the sociology of American Jewish life. His rigorous and unsentimental look at the small population centers in which a significant number of Jews can be found provides a helpful understanding of the prospects for the future of Jewish belonging and identity in such communities. Grounded in a commitment to applied social research, Boxer represents an approach to the sociology of American Jews that seeks to engender discussions both in the academy and beyond.

LAURA LIMONIC, Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Old Westbury
The Privileged ‘In-Between’ Status of Latino Jews

Exploring the complex intersection of Latino and Jewish identities among Jewish immigrants from Latin America, Professor Limonic’s research situates the sociology of American Jews in the context of broader social and demographic patterns that are reshaping America’s ethnic landscape. Equally well-versed in the sociology of immigration, of Latinos and of American Jews, Limonic demonstrates how first-rate sociological research weaves together strands from multiple subfields to contribute something new and innovative to each. Her work offers a model for a sociology of American Jewry that is deeply engaged at the discipline of sociology’s cutting edge.

Support for this project is generously provided by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation.