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ADL Center for Antisemitism Research Announces 10 Grants for Inaugural Fellowship

New York, NY, August 30, 2022 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today announced the selection of 10 research projects for its inaugural Center for Antisemitism Research Fellowship, which engages leading university researchers in identifying new approaches to combating antisemitism in society.

“With rising antisemitic incidents, it’s time to raise the bar on antisemitism research. We are so excited to be engaging some of the most experienced academic researchers in the world to enhance our understanding of the motivators of antisemitic prejudice,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We believe their cutting-edge and data-driven research will contribute directly to our ability to diagnose and develop treatments for a full range of anti-Jewish hostilities.”

After announcing the inaugural fellowship earlier this year, ADL received more than 60 applications from a diverse range of researchers around the world. ADL’s Center for Antisemitism Research (CAR) winnowed the list down to 10 finalists and organized them into four working groups: Antisemitism and populism; the experiences of antisemitism; anti-Zionism; and interventions into antisemitism.  

“The fellows are an essential component of our strategy to systematically address antisemitism by lab and field testing a full range of interventions that hope to ameliorate anti-Jewish prejudice,” said Dr. Matt Williams, Vice President of the ADL Center for Antisemitism Research.

“We’ve found that underneath the vast majority of anti-prejudice programs there are only a handful of formulations that have been deeply researched and tested for efficacy,” Williams said. “These fellowships will radically advance our efforts to combat antisemitism by developing a robust foundation of evidence to drive our programmatic strategy.”

ADL selected the following 10 projects for the inaugural research fellowship:

The relationship between antisemitism, conspiratorial thinking and the erosion of democracy. – Dr. Jacob S. Lewis, Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at Washington State University.

The differences between how antisemitism is conceived of on the political left and on the political right. –Laura Royden, PhD student in the Government department, Harvard University.

How Jews, Muslims, and Hindus experience prejudice similarly/differently in the UK. – Dr. Maya Flax, senior lecturer in Criminology, Department of Human and Social Sciences, University of West London.

How Jews define and understand antisemitism in U.S. and France –Michael Zanger-Tishler, PhD student in Sociology & Social Policy, Harvard University.

How anti-Zionism developed, in part, to disenfranchise Jews – Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn, visiting assistant professor in Israel Studies, Northwestern University.

How do Jews define the boundaries between Zionism, Anti-Zionism, and Antisemitism? Dr. Matt Boxer, Assistant Research Professor at Brandeis University. 

Does civic mindedness reduce antisemitism? –Dr. Paul A. Djupe, political scientist at Denison University; Dr. Andrew R. Lewis, associate professor, political science at University of Cincinnati; and Anand Sokhey, associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Does correcting misinformation or cultivating empathy reduce antisemitism?  – Dr. Catie Bailard, associate professor of media and public affairs, George Washington University; Andrew Thompson, assistant professor of political science, GWU; and Rebekah Tromble, Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics, GWU.

Does contact/conversation with Jews reduce antisemitism? – Dr. Sandra N. Morgenstern, postdoctoral researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research and at the University of Mannheim.

Which stories about Jews alleviate anti-Jewish prejudice? – Dr. Josh Kalla, assistant professor of political science at Yale University; and Dr. David Broockman, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Important support for the Center for Antisemitism Research is provided, in part, by The Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation, The ADL Lewy Family Institute for Combating Antisemitism and the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation. ADL gratefully acknowledges all of the individual, corporate and foundation supporters who make our work possible.

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.