Meet the Fellows

To help ensure that serious study and research of the Holocaust continues even after survivors are gone, the Claims Conference Saul Kagan Fellowships program has provided academic fellowships to Ph.D. students since 2008. Each academic year, seven new fellowships are granted and these newly admitted students comprise a Cohort. In 2013, the program expanded to include funding for Post-doctoral candidates as well. Both Ph.D. and Post-doc Kagan Fellows may apply for a renewal of funding, but only for a second consecutive year. Kagan Fellows come from, and are studying in, numerous countries, and utilize archives around the world.

Current Fellows

  • Aleksandra Bańkowska

    BankowskaAleksandra Bańkowska’s dissertation will be a monograph on the work of the whole social welfare system for the Jews in German-occupied Warsaw undertaken since the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 until the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto ... Read more
  • Natali Beige

    Natali BeigeNatali Beige, PhD candidate, Tel Aviv University Natali Beige’s PhD dissertation studies Šiauliai region in Lithuania, during World War II and the Holocaust, highlight Jewish life in the provincial towns, and expose the various German and local Lithuanian forces that took ... Read more
  • Ionela Ana Dăsculțu

    Ionela Ana DăsculțuIonela Ana Dăsculțu received her MA in Jewish Culture and Civilization from the University of Bucharest and her BA in History from the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu (Romania). Ionela is currently a PhD Candidate in History at the University ... Read more
  • Alexis Herr

    Alexis HerrAlexis Herr received her BA from Claremont McKenna College. She received her doctorate in Holocaust History from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. Ms. Herr has held teaching positions at Keene State College and Northeastern University. ... Read more
  • Aline Pennewaard

    Aline PennewaardAline received her BA from Leiden University in the Netherlands and is currently a graduate student in the Holocaust Studies program at Haifa University. Her thesis is about the transports from the Netherlands to the concentration camps in 1942 and ... Read more
  • Monika Rice

    Monika RiceMonika Rice, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University and Gratz College where she teaches a gamut of courses on the Holocaust, Jewish-Christian relations, and women’s spirituality. She has been a recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships ... Read more
  • Meghan Riley

    Meghan RileyMs. Riley is studying Modern European History and her dissertation is on Aid Organizations in French Concentration and Internment Camps. Read more
  • Jason Tingler

    Jason TinglerPhD Candidate, Clark University Jason Tingler explores the Holocaust and interethnic relations in the Chełm region of Poland. Chełm, the mythical “town of fools,” is arguably the most popular place in Yiddish folklore, but Chełm was a genuine locality whose actual ... Read more
  • Laurien Vastenhout

    Laurien VastenhoutPhD Candidate in History at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Laurien Vastenhout has eared an MA Degree in Holocaust and Genocide studies (2014) and an MPhil in History (2015), both at the University of Amsterdam. Recently, she co-lectured a Comparative ... Read more