Current ResearchersBelow is a list of researchers funded by Tag:
The Personnel of the TAG Institute’s Research Centre reflect its interdisciplinary orientation, combining the best of traditional Jewish scholarship with the contemporary social sciences. Enquiries about any aspect of the work of the Research Centre, and offers to participate in it, should be directed through our contact page.
R. Elisha S. Ancselovits (Yoreh Yoreh, Yadin Yadin; MA) has been teaching Halakha as Normative Narratives to Rabbinic Students and others in Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, and other Israeli Institutions ranging from Orthodox to Secular. In the course of these twelve years of teaching he has also published articles on this method in both Hebrew and English.
Michael Ben-Avie, Ph.D. is an academic psychologist with postdoctoral work at the Yale Child Study Center. In 2005, he was accepted for inclusion in the U.S. federal government’s Registry of Outcome Evaluators.
As Principal Investigator and Co-P.I., Dr. Ben-Avie has conducted numerous government-sponsored research studies, including outcome evaluations of grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; U.S. Department of Education; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services; and a collaboration among the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice.
He served as the data analyst for Connecticut General Assembly Special Act 08-5: An Act Concerning the Teaching of Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (2008-2009). Also, he was the data analyst for Connecticut General Assembly PA 05-280: New State Department of Aging Study Group (2007).
Dr. Ben-Avie is a nationally-recognized expert on public education as co-editor of six books on educational change and youth development with James. P. Comer, M.D., Associate Dean of the Yale School of Medicine. As an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center’s School Development Program, he conducted national, large-scale assessment activities over the course of 10 years including the design of research studies, the design of assessment systems, data collection, and management, statistical analyses, and data interpretation workshops. He was the co-coordinator of the Yale SDP Symposium on Linking Brain Research and Child Development.
Professor Steven M. Cohen, a sociologist of American Jewry, is Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. In 1992 he made aliyah, and taught for 14 years at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously, he taught at Queens College, with visiting appointments at Yale, Brandeis, and JTS. With Arnold Eisen, he wrote The Jew Within, and with Charles Liebman Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences. His earlier books include American Modernity & Jewish Identity, and American Assimilation or Jewish Revival? His current research interests focus on the emerging patterns of Jewish identity and community among Jews in their 20s and 30s.
Kalman J. Kaplan, Ph.D., has taught at a number of institutions in America and world-wide, including Wayne State University, University of California (Davis), Boston University, Harvard University, Northwestern University Medical School, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies and Tel Aviv University and is presently Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director, Program in Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He has received awards/grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the John Templeton Foundation. Kaplan has received a Fulbright Fellowship in biblical psychology and the Alexander Gralnick Award for outstanding original work in schizophrenia and suicide.
Dr. Kaplan is both a social and a clinical psychologist and is former editor of the Journal of Psychology and Judaism and on the editorial board of Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying. He has published in Transactional Analysis and was Director of the Center for the Study of Suicide at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. He has published approximately 100 papers and 10 books in the fields of interpersonal relations, schizophrenia, processes of individuation and attachment and biblical psychology.
He currently has developed an online program in the emerging field of biblical psychology (see www.rsmh.org). This work proposes Biblical narratives as alternatives to the classical Greek narratives underling much of modern psychology and psychiatry.
A full list of Dr. Kaplan’s publications is available at www.kalmankaplan.com.
Chaim I. Waxman (BA, MA, MHL, PHD) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University and a Senior Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He studied at Yeshiva University and The New School for Social Research, and specializes in the sociology of religion and the sociology of ethnicity with special focus on American Jews, Jews in Israel, and global Jewish identity and identification.
He served as President of the Association for the Sociological Study of Jewry; is a member of numerous social scientific a ssociations; an editorial board member for a number of academic journals; and is a member of the steering committee of the Orthodox Forum, an annual international conference run by Yeshiva University, which brings together Modern Orthodox rabbis, intellectuals, and communal leaders to discuss pressing and current religious issues. He has written and edited more than a dozen books and numerous articles.
His detailed curriculum vitae is available at: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~waxmanci/ciwcv.htm
Reuven P. Bulka, Ph.D., has been the Rabbi of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, since 1967. He was the founder and editor of the Journal of Psychology and Judaism (1976-2003), and has written extensively on the interface between psychology and Judaism, among his over 30 books and 100 articles.
A member of the editorial boards of Tradition, Journal of Religion and Health, International Forum for Logotherapy, and Pastoral Psychology, he has served as co-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress and presently chairs the Trillium Gift of Life Network, the provincial agency responsible for organ and tissue donation.
Dr Nechama Hadariholds a First Class BA degree in English from Leeds University and a Distinction in Theology (PG Dip) from Oxford. After two years in the Kollel at Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, she worked for 3 years as part of the Agunah Research Unit at the University of Manchester. Her book, “The kosher get: A halakhic story of divorce” is forthcoming. Nechama recieved her PhD in “Religions and Theology” from the University of Manchester. She was awarded a grant from Targum Shlishi for the completion of her thesis and from January 2013 will be a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (Yarnton Manor).To read Nechama’s paper on ‘Teenage Pregnancy – a fresh look at a (not very) old problem’, please click here.
Dr Jennie Rosenfeld teaches Talmud and Hasidism at Havruta, the Beit Medrash for Students of Hebrew University. She holds a PhD in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and wrote her dissertation on “Talmudic Re-readings: Toward a Modern Orthodox Sexual Ethic.” Prior to making aliyah, she served as co-founder and director of the Tzelem Project at Yeshiva University, whose mission was to bring more educational resources in the realms of intimacy and sexuality to the Orthodox community. Jennie lectures in Israel and abroad and was named one of the “36 under 36” by the Jewish Week in 2008. She recently co-authored “Et Le’ehov: The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy” with Dr. David Ribner (Gefen 2011).
Adam Dinham, Reader in Religion and Society at Goldsmiths (University of London), holds degrees in Theology and Religious Studies (BA & MA, Cambridge), Social Studies (MA, Brunel) and Politics (PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London). He is qualified as a social worker and has practiced in Social Work and Community Development in city contexts, with an interest in working with faith communities in areas of urban disadvantage.
He is policy advisor to the Faith Based Regeneration Network and the CoExistence Trust in the House of Lords, and has advised central government on issues of public faith. He has been Peace Studies Fellow at the University of Calgary, is Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Network of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He is the author of Faiths, Public Policy and Civil Society (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009) and has published widely on faith in the public realm. He is currently Programme Director for the ‘Religious Literacy Leadership in Higher Education’ programme.
Stephen Frosh is Pro-Vice-Master, Head of the Department of Psychosocial Studies and Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was previously Vice Dean and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic, London.
He is the author of many books and papers on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis, including Psychoanalysis Outside the Clinic (Palgrave, 2010), Hate and the Jewish Science: Anti-Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2005), For and Against Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2006),After Words (Palgrave, 2002) and The Politics of Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 1999).
David Novak received his rabbinical diploma in 1966 from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1971. He has held the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto since 1997 and from 1997 to 2002 was also Director of the Jewish Studies Programme. From 1989 to 1997 he was the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. Previously he taught at Oklahoma City University, Old Dominion University, the New School for Social Research, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Baruch College of the City University of New York.
From 1966 to 1969 he was Jewish Chaplain to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, National Institute of Mental Health, in Washington, D.C. From 1966 to 1989 he served as a pulpit rabbi in several communities in the United States. He is a founder, vice-president, and coordinator of the Jewish Law Panel of the Union for Traditional Judaism, and a founder and faculty member of the Institute of Traditional Judaism in Teaneck, New Jersey. He serves as Vice-President of the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City. He is a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research, and a member of the Board of Consulting Scholars of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.
In 2007 he was appointed a member of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, a federal agency, by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He has also been a consultant to government agencies in the United States, Israel, and Poland. David Novak is the author of sixteen books, the last three being The Sanctity of Human Life (Georgetown University Press, 2007), Tradition in the Public Square: A David Novak Reader, edited by Randi Rashkover and Martin Kavka (Eerdmans, 2008), and In Defense of Religious Liberty (ISI Books, 2009). His book, Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory (Princeton University Press, 2000) won the award of the American Academy of Religion for “best book in constructive religious thought in 2000”. He has edited four books, and is the author of over 250 articles in scholarly and intellectual journals.
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