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Research Initiatives

We’re planning conferences, websites, and working groups, part of our ambitious goal to create an intellectual hub for scholars and students. With your support, we’re poised to transform American Jewish Studies by supporting and connecting scholars from around the world.

Current Projects


Oxford Handbook of American Jewish History Conference

Conveners: Michael Cohen (Tulane University); Shari Rabin (Oberlin College)

The leading scholars in the field will present their research, explore common themes, and discuss the Jewish American experience. Each scholar will contribute to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of American Jewish History, co-edited by Grant Center Director Michael R. Cohen.

Working Groups

American Jewish Economic History Working Group

Conveners: Michael Cohen (Tulane University); Adam Mendelsohn (University of Cape Town)

This working group, hosted via Zoom, draws on the expertise of twelve leading scholars, broadening and enriching the subfield. Most participants work directly on American Jewish economic history, but others work outside this small subfield, and our session leaders are primarily from outside Jewish Studies. We hope that this model broadens the discussion, expands our reach and ambition, and brings our work into conversation. Sessions will be conducted monthly throughout the academic year; at the end, participants will reflect in writing on how the working group will impact their future work.

American Jewish Literature Working Group

Conveners: Maeera Schreiber (University of Utah); Josh Lambert (Wellesley College)

The first meeting of its kind, this gathering of respected scholars aims to strengthen the field of American Jewish literature. The group’s challenges include defining the field, its centers and margins, and thinking practically about supporting research and fostering cooperation among scholars, including the next generation of American Jewish Literature professors. The inaugural gathering, hosted by the Grant Center, will lay the groundwork for future working groups at the Center.

Additional Projects

This unique website, hosted by the Grant Center, serves as a clearinghouse of information about American Jewish studies, highlighting conferences, new research, and prizes and fellowships. Guided by a national editorial committee, its purpose is to connect scholars from around the world, promoting collaboration across disciplines.

Impactful Giving Opportunities

With your help, we can transform the field of American Jewish Studies. Our ambitious plans include the following:


Conferences will create new intellectual connections, uniting scholars from around the world, breaking down disciplinary and subfield boundaries. Sessions will emphasize both the domestic particularity and global orientation of the American Jewish experience.

Working Groups

Working groups will explore anti-Semitism, Jewish identity, and other pressing topics, including the timeliest issues facing American Jewry today. We aspire to be nimble, addressing important topics, like pandemic response, in real time.

Academic Seminars

Academic Seminars will bring the world’s elite scholars to New Orleans, where they will share cutting-edge research with the Tulane community.

Faculty Research Support

Faculty Research Support will enable Tulane’s scholars to expand their research, increasing the international visibility of the Grant Center. 

For questions or more information, contact Ilana McQuinn


“Tulane is poised to be a leader in our understanding of the essential role Jews have played in American culture and society.”

– Brian Edwards, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts