Post-Doctoral Fellows

Alexandra Herzog, PhD (Brandeis University)

Lecturer in Jewish Studies and the CAS Curriculum

Alexandra Tali Herzog

Alexandra Tali Herzog specializes in modern Jewish literature and culture, with an emphasis on Yiddish literature in America (Isaac Bashevis Singer). She holds a BA in Biblical Hebrew and BA/MA degrees in French literate and English literature from the University of Geneva, a joint MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s and Gender studies from Brandeis University, and holds a doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.

Alexandra comes to BU with a passion for teaching honed in the Brandeis Transitional Year program, in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis University, and service as teaching fellow and instructor at the Cambridge School for Adult Education as well as the Collège Voltaire in Geneva and the University of Geneva. She has presented her scholarship at professional conferences in the US and in Europe, and she has published a précis of ongoing work on hitherto unpublished letters by Bashevis Singer that she plans to work into the book based on her dissertation. Her familiarity with a broad canon of medieval and modern European (especially French and Anglophone) literature positions her well to teach in the CAS Core Curriculum, and her expertise in American Jewish modernism and gender studies makes her an attractive addition to our Jewish studies faculty.


Recent Post-Doctoral Fellows


Joel Rappel, PhD (Boston University)

Project Manager, Elie Wiesel Archive, HGARC

Dr. Rappel served as post-doctoral fellow at the Elie Wiesel Center and worked on the Elie Wiesel archive at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center from 2009 until 2015. Dr. Rappel received his Ph.D from the University Professors Program at Boston University, where he specialized in Jewish History and Rabbinic Literature. He grew up in Israel where he lived most of his life and where he also worked for 40 years as a journalist and senior program editor at the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Israel’s main radio channel (being credited with over 7000 radio programs). Before coming to BU he also taught at Bet Berl College, the Avshalom Institute for Israel Studies and served as content manager at the Center for Jewish Identity in Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Rappel has published 29 books (which have, in total, been translated into 8 languages) and edited more than 80 (most of them academic) as well as numerous articles, primarily in the fields of Israeli history and the history of the Jewish Prayer Book (Siddur). His main focus is the connection between Jewish history and the evolution of the Jewish Prayer book.

Dr. Rappel is the editor of the Hebrew editions of Prof. Elie Wiesel’s books.