Opportunities for Emerging Scholars

Amanda Winer

 Amanda Winer is a soon-to-be PhD from NYU's Education and Jewish Studies program, part of the Applied Statistics, Social Science, and the Humanities (ASH) Department.  Amanda is a social psychology researcher with a strong analytic background, including fluency in factor analysis and scale creation, structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, and data visualization. Amanda has vast interests in individual and community behavior, has participated in and led research projects at NYU, George Washington University, and other institutions. Her dissertation uses mixed methods to investigate the intersecting perceptions of advantage and marginalization across Jewish young adults in higher education for careers in public service. In addition to research, Amanda's other passion is teaching, especially courses that demystify research by abating statistical coding and mathematical-related anxieties. She has served as Instructor of Record for both undergraduate and graduate classes across NYU and has vasts experience teaching in other settings, including teaching yoga and mindfulness in her non-academic time. Amanda was an NRJE Emerging Scholar and UJA-Federation of NY Graduate Fellow.

"It's an honor to serve on the CASJE advisory board, and learn from an organization that I have come to appreciate and admire. CASJE is not simply committed to high-quality research, but also to high-quality relationships between researchers, funders, and practitioners. As a junior researcher, it is especially valuable to have access to many of the fields "greats", who are such generous thought partners and advisors as my career progresses."


 Anil Ramachandran Menon

I am a PhD candidate and Gerald R. Ford Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. I study comparative political behavior, historical political economy, and political psychology, with a substantive focus on the political legacy of traumatic experiences. My dissertation consists of three methodologically diverse papers that investigate the sociopolitical legacy of trauma across three settings: Germany, China, and Northern Ireland. Before moving to Ann Arbor, I completed an MSc. in Economic History (Research) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Economics and History at Middlebury College. I am also an alumnus of the United World Colleges initiative.

How do different depictions of Israel resonate among American Jews from different generations? I am currently designing a study in collaboration with Professor Yehonatan Abramson (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Professor Alon Yakter (Tel Aviv University) to investigate this question. Generous support from CASJE allowed us to convene a workshop of scholars and practitioners within Israel education. We are currently building on the insights from this workshop to design a survey that would allow us to better understand how American Jews from different generations view Israel.


Ilana Huz

Ilana is a doctoral candidate in Human Development at Catholic University and a Senior Research Analyst at Child Trends. Her primary research interests center on parenting knowledge, beliefs, and education, parent-child relationships, and  parent and child mental health.

“Working on the CASJE Early Childhood Project not only allowed me to build relationships with established leaders in the fields of early childhood education, Jewish education, and family engagement, but also helped me to grow as a qualitative and quantitative researcher. Among many tasks, I greatly enjoyed interviewing national experts in the field of Jewish education and traveling to Jewish ECE programs across the country to conduct interviews and focus groups with administrative staff, teachers, and parents.”

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