Schusterman Visiting Israeli Scholar
Dr. Chen Bram served as the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Scholar at Michigan State University in 2013-14, sponsored by Jewish Studies and James Madison College and supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation and the Serling Visiting Israeli Scholar fund. An antrhopologist trained at Hebrew Universit, Professor Bram was at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and served as a research fellow at the Truman Institute at Hebrew University. In 2012-13, he was the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Scholar at the University of Florida.
Chen Bram taught two courses in James Madison College that counted in the Jewish Studies specialization fall semester, one on Israeli Society and Culture, the other on Jewish-Muslim Relations. He taught two sections of a methods course, Experiencing Field Research, in spring. he also made presentations to Jewish Studies, to Muslim Studies, and to local institutions on his research work on immigrant communities in Israel, on Jews from the Caucasus, and on Jewish-Muslim relations.
Chen Bram’s Ph.D. dissertation was on “Caucasus Jews between Europe and Asia.” His research focuses on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and ethnic relations in Israeli society and other societies. He has conducted field research in Israel, the Caucasus region, and Central Asia and this spring extended his research to New York. He has studied and worked with Jews of the Caucasus, Soviet Jews in Israel, Bukhara Jews, and Mizrachi Jews in Israel.
At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Professor Bram was a facilitator of the research projects on “Human Dignity in Israeli Society.”
He co-edited the Institute publication, Human Dignity or Humiliation: The Tension of Human Dignity in Israel.