|Judaic Studies professor receives prestigious fellowship|
|By Chelsea Feuchs|
|Friday, 16 March 2012 17:51|
PROVIDENCE – Brown University Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and History Adam Teller received the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Senior Scholar Fellowship from The Center for Jewish History for the upcoming academic year.
Even as he conducts his research in New York City, Teller will continue to lead a seminar each semester at Brown. For Teller, continuing to teach, even during his Fellowship year in New York, is logical and “part of an integrated way of being a Jewish professor.” This unconventional sabbatical will prove a benefit to students at the university, who will learn from his comprehensive and thoughtful approach to Jewish history and engaging teaching style.
The fellowship is made possible through a grant from the NEH to the Center for Jewish History (the Center), a Jewish research and cultural institution that serves more than 1 million people in more than 100 countries, with five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
The NEH fellowship was awarded him due to his innovative work on the Polish-Lithuanian Jewish refugee problem during the 17th century. Typically, scholars of Judaic studies specialize in particular regions, Teller said, yet he resists this tendency. Instead, he views his subject matter through a transnational lens. Jewish historiography traditionally focuses on destruction, but Teller shifts the focus from disaster to rebuilding, tracing refugee survival and resilience.
Raised in England, Teller made aliyah to Israel some 30 years ago, and immigrated to the United States in 2010.
The British-born Teller expressed appreciation that he was “recognized by my American peers.” On a personal note, he said that his wife Professor Rachel Rojanski and their daughters are proud of his work and the recognition it receives.
Author of two Hebrew-language monographs, Teller is also associate editor of Gal-Ed: on the History and Culture of Jewry,” and an editorial board member of “Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry.”