Our researchers

Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus

Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation

Andrew Markus is the Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and holds the Pratt Foundation Research Chair of Jewish Civilisation. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and is a past Head of Monash University’s School of Historical Studies.

He has published extensively in the field of Australian race relations and immigration history. His publications include (with Margaret Taft)  A Second Chance: The Making of Yiddish Melbourne (Monash University Publishing 2018),  Australia’s Immigration Revolution (co-authored, 2009); Race: John Howard and the Remaking of Australia (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2001); Building a New Community. Immigration and the Victorian Economy (editor, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2001) and Australian Race Relations 1788 – 1993 (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1994).

In an Australian first, Professor Andrew Markus is tracking changes in Australian attitudes towards immigrants and asylum seekers through a series of national surveys. His research is part of the Scanlon Foundation’s Mapping Social Cohesion project which has conducted eleven national surveys since 2007.

Andrew has led a project documenting the history of Yiddish Melbourne. It examines in-depth Jewish immigrants who came to Melbourne before and after the Holocaust. It looks at the world the Yiddish-speaking immigrants sought to recreate in Melbourne and to what extent their values were transmitted to their children and grandchildren. While there has been significant language loss, the research indicates the strong transmission of cultural values through the generations.

Overlapping with this research is a project looking at the contemporary Jewish community in unprecedented depth. Two phases of surveying have been completed Gen08 (with 5,840 respondents) and Gen17 (with 8,621 respondents.  The surveys provide a detailed picture of modern Jewish life in Australia.

E: Andrew.Markus@monash.edu
P: (03) 990 35009
Building S, 9th Floor, Caulfield Campus.

Dr Noah Shenker

Senior Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Noah Shenker earned a doctorate in critical studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in 2009, completing a dissertation exploring the mediations of Holocaust survivor testimonies. During his doctoral work he was the recipient of fellowships including the Charles H. Revson Fellowship for Archival Research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Following his graduate work he held a position as a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University.

He is currently the 6a Foundation and N. Milgrom Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies within the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, where his research and teaching focus on the representation of the Holocaust, genocide, and trauma more broadly in testimonies and visual culture. Among other works, he is the author of Reframing Holocaust Testimony (Indiana University Press, 2015) and "Through the Lens of the Shoah: The Holocaust as a Paradigm for Documenting Genocide Testimonies.” History & Memory 28.1 (Spring/Summer 2016): 141-175.

E: Noah.Shenker@monash.edu
P: +61 3 9903 5006
Building S, 9th Floor, Caulfield Campus.

Dr Daniella Doron, Liberman Family Lecturer in Jewish History

Dr Daniella Doron

Liberman Family Lecturer in Jewish History

Daniella Doron is a Senior Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in the School of Philosophical and Historical Studies.

She received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the Departments of History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, where she wrote a dissertation entitled In the Best Interest of the Child: Family, Youth, and Identity in Postwar France, 1944-1954.

Most recently she was the 2010-2012 Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Colgate University, offering courses in modern Jewish history, Jewish history and autobiography, and Jewish migration and diaspora. Previously, she was the 2009-2010 Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto where she offered courses on Postwar Jewish history and Children and the Holocaust.

Her first book, Jewish Youth and Identity in Postwar France (Indiana University Press) was published in 2015.

E: Daniella.Doron@monash.edu
P: +61 3 9903 5008
Building S, 9th Floor, Caulfield Campus.

Dr Nathan Wolski

Liberman Family Lecturer in Jewish Studies

Nathan Wolski is Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies where he teaches classical Jewish texts and comparative mysticism. His research focuses on the Zohar, the major work of the medieval Kabbalah. He is the translator of The Pritzker Zohar volume 10 and 12, as well as many studies on diverse aspects of the zoharic corpus. More recently, he has begun researching and writing about Aaron Zeitlin, the Warsaw and New York Yiddish mystical poet.

E: Nathan.wolski@monash.edu
P: +61 3 9903 5007
Building S, 9th Floor, Caulfield Campus.

Dr. Daniel Heller

Kronhill Senior Lecturer in East European Jewish History

Dr. Daniel Kupfert Heller is the Kronhill Senior Lecturer in East European Jewish History at Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. His areas of research specialization are East European Jewish history, the history of humanitarian aid and international development, and the history of Zionism and modern Israel.  Daniel’s first book, Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism, appeared in August 2017 with Princeton University Press, and received the Association for Jewish Studies' Jordan Schnitzer Award in the category of Modern Jewish History and Culture. He has published articles related to his research  in Journal for Israeli HistoryAJS Perspectives, Kwartalnik Historii Żydów and Jewish History. Detailed information about Daniel's teaching and research can be found here.

E: Daniel.heller@monash.edu
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