Research Fellows

Elly Moseson, PhD (Boston University)

Dr. Moseson earned his B.A. at Columbia University where he studied literature and philosophy and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Boston University. His dissertation focused on the earliest sources preserving the teachings of Israel Ba’al Shem Tov, the purported founder of the Hasidic movement. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Hamburg and Tel Aviv University. His research interests include early modern Jewish movements and literatures, the cultural and political functions of texts, and the intersection of literature, religion and psychoanalysis.








Lucas Fain, PhD (Boston University)

Dr. Fain is a Visiting Scholar at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis from the University Professors Program at Boston University. Before arriving at the Wiesel Center, he taught philosophy and social thought at Harvard University, University of California–Santa Cruz, and Suffolk University. He is the author of Primal Philosophy: Rousseau with Laplanche (Rowman & Littlefield International, forthcoming in 2021).