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Advancing Research

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

American Jewish History Scholars Conference

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.

American Jewish Literature Working Group

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.

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 more information, contact Kassie Cosgrove


“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