Current Visiting Scholars

Long term visiting scholars to the Roth Institute


Each year, the Roth Institute brings prominent scholars of Antisemitism and Racism to Tel Aviv University for extended visits of several months. These long-term visitors not only contribute to the academic atmosphere on campus, but contribute significantly to the training and education of graduate and post-doctoral students associated with Tel Aviv University. In many cases, these long term visits are co-sponsored by other institutions at Tel Aviv University and throughout Israel.



Dr. Teresa Walch, University of California, San Diego

Visiting Scholar, 2019-2020


Dr. Teresa Walch is a Zvi Yavetz Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. She received her PhD in modern European history from the University of California, San Diego in June 2018 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Hebrew University’s Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center during the 2018–19 academic year. Her research has been supported by multiple institutions, including the DAAD, the Fulbright Program, the USC Shoah Foundation, and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. She has broad interdisciplinary research interests in social and cultural history, German history, Holocaust history, antisemitism, urban history and theory, and human geography.

Her current book manuscript, Degenerate Spaces: The Coordination of Space in Nazi Germany, investigates the relationship between Nazi ideology and spatial practices between 1933-1945. She argues that Nazism itself should be understood as a spatial project to make German judenrein and that antisemitic notions of a Germany infected by Jews immediately and forcefully inspired efforts to “cleanse” spaces of Jews and Jewish influences. A new research project she is embarking upon during her tenure at Tel Aviv University examines the spatial dimensions of Germany’s national community as they evolved in the twentieth century.


Sarah Gavison, University of Colorado

Visiting Scholar, 2017-2019

Sarah Gavison is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her fields of interest are international relations and diplomatic history (World War II, Cold War, and Arab-Israeli Conflict) and Jewish studies (Holocaust studies, post-Holocaust migrations).

She is now living in Israel and just entered the writing phase of her doctoral dissertation “What should we do with the Jews? The USSR, the US, Jewish refugees in Post-World War II Europe, and the creation of Israel.” For this transnational study, she is using Soviet, US, Israeli, and UN archives, and working under the supervision of Dr. Tom Zeiler (US diplomatic history, World War II/Cold War) and Dr. David Shneer (Jewish studies and Soviet history). 

Sarah has worked as assistant archivist for the Harry Mazal Holocaust Collection (May 2014-Aug. 2016) and as assistant managing editor for East European Jewish Affairs (Aug. 2015-Aug. 2017). For the academic year 2017-2018, she was awarded the Truman Library Institute’s Dissertation Year Fellowship and the CU Boulder Graduate School's Dissertation Completion Fellowship. She intends to finish writing her dissertation during her time as visiting scholar at  the Roth Institute, and to graduate in the Spring/Summer 2018.


Prof. Jonathan Karp, Binghamton University

Recurrent Visiting Scholar, 2016-2020

Jonathan Karp is Associate Professor in the departments of Judaic Studies and History at Binghamton University of the State University of New York (SUNY). He has been a visiting professor at Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania and from 2010-2013 served as director of the American Jewish Historical Society. Karp is the author of The Politics of Jewish Commerce: Economic Thought and Emancipation in Europe (Cambridge, 2008) and editor with Adam Sutcliffe of Philosemitism in History (Cambridge, 2010) and the forthcoming Cambridge History of Judaism in the Early Modern Period. He has also co-edited a volume with Marsha Rozenblit on World War I and the Jews (forthcoming in 2017 from Berghahn Books).

As a recurrent visiting scholar at the Roth Institute over 2016-2017, Prof. Karp will work towards the completion of his next a monograph entitled Chosen Surrogates: A Class-Cultural Analysis of Black-Jewish Relations. 

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