My research focuses on the cultural and political dimensions and intersections of modern Jewish history and British imperial history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the ideas of nationalism, imperialism, socialism, and decolonization. My dissertation is entitled "Jewish Political Lives in the British Empire: Zionism, Nationalism, and Imperialism in Palestine, India, and South Africa, 1917-1948." My project explores how Jewish elites in three imperial sites understood the changing and potentially conflicting relationships between British imperialism, local anti-colonial nationalisms, and Zionism, and how these forces shaped Jewish political loyalties, sense of national belonging, and visions of political futures.
My dissertation research, conducted in archives in Israel, Britain, and South Africa, has been supported by a grant from the Posen Foundation's Posen Society of Fellows and by a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) from the Social Science Research Council.
My article "A Late Imperial Elite Jewish Politics: Baghdadi Jews in British India and the Political Horizons of Empire and Nation" is forthcoming in Jewish Social Studies.
Thesis Title: "Jewish Political Lives in the British Empire: Zionism, Nationalism, and Imperialism in Palestine, India, and South Africa, 1917-1948"
Main Advisor: Professor Moss, Professor Walkowitz