Our Researchers

Professor Andrew Markus, Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation, Director ACJC

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 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.

In addition to his work with the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements, Andrew is a research professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. He is leading 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 an ARC-Linkage project looking at the contemporary Jewish community in unprecedented depth. More than 6000 respondents completed a questionnaire, which has provided a detailed picture of modern Jewish life.

E: Andrew.Markus@monash.edu
P: (03) 990 35009
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Dr Noah Shenker, N. Milgrom & 6a Foundation 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

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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 defended 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.

E: Daniella.Doron@monash.edu

P: +61 3 9903 5008

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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

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