Research Students

Postgraduate students undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) can find supervision through the ACJC, History, Philosophy, Religion and Theology, or any other discipline. Students work in a variety of fields and disciplines that reflect on the main areas of teaching and research covered by the ACJC.

Student name Program Thesis topic Supervisor(s)
Annabelle Baldwin PhD Sexual Violence against Jewish women during the Holocaust in the Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive Leah Garrett, Alistair Thomson
Miriam Benedikt PhD Rabbinic encounter with patristic literature in the anthology of Midrash Psalms: polemic or cultural poetics? Dr Michael Fagenblat and 
Dr Peter Howard
Enid Hinde Burstin PhD “Taking a Stanza: Gender, Power, Equality and Justice in Inter-war Yiddish Poetry by Women” Dr Irena Klepfisz (Columbia University)
Michael Cohen PhD Anatomy of South African Antisemitism: Afrikaner nationalism and South African Jewry Between the World Wars-with particular focus on the 1930s Professor Andrew Markus
Miriam Feldheim PhD Reform Judaism in Israel: a study in religion and democracy Professor Andrew Markus and
Assoc Professor Mark Baker
Anita Frayman PhD Cultural approaches towards ageing: Jewish community trends  
Caryn Granek Masters The impact of feminism on Melbourne jewish religious life  
Jonathan Landes PhD The Palestine Commission of Disturbances of August 1929 Professor Andrew Markus
Larissa Masters Jewish American Subtexts in Saul Bellow’s Novel Henderson the Rain King” Professor Leah Garrett & Dr Katherine Ellinghaus
Kieran Mitchell Masters    
Catherine Pearce PhD The Politics of Kashrutin Melbourne – post second world war Andrew Markus Michael Fagenblat
Ran Porat PhD The Israeli Community in Australia Andrew Markus Fania, Oz-Salzberger
Sibella Stern PhD Support and protection measures in Australia and israel for victims of human trafficking  
Fred Zartz MA Mordechai Ben Hillel Hakohen (1856-1936) : the role of a nationalist maskil in the emergence of the Zionist movement, 1877-1891, as depicted in the Hebrew writings of this literary intellectual  

Recently completed research students

Student name Program Thesis topic Supervisor(s)
Kay Dreyfus PhD “Silences and Secrets: The Australian Experience of the Weintraub Syncopators” Professor Andrew Markus (ACJC) and
Professor Alistair Thomson (School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies)
Melanie Landau PhD The idea of acquisition in traditional Jewish marriage  
Keren Rubinstein PhD Concrete Dreaming; National Subjects and Narrative Disruption in Contemporary Israeli Autobiography Professor Leah Garrett, Professor Barbara Caine, & Professor Fania Oz Salzberger
David Slucki PhD The Jewish Labor Bund after 1945: a comparative history Professor Andrew Markus & Professor Leah Garrett
Margie Taft PhD From victim to survivor: the emergence and development of the Holocaust witness 1941-1949