Shatzmiller Fellows

 The Shatzmiller Graduate Fellows honor Emeritus Smart Professor Joseph Shatzmiller, who taught at Duke University from 1994 to 2010. Among his many publications, he is best known for Shylock Reconsidered: Jews, Moneylending, and Medieval Society and Jews, Medicine, and Medieval Society. Fellowships offer advanced graduate students the opportunity to engage with prominent national and international scholars in Jewish Studies visiting the seminar and to connect with the Jewish Studies faculty active in the seminar. Fellows receive a research stipend and a seminar session devoted to their work. The Shatzmiller Fellows are funded by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.


Parker Hughes is a 2nd year MDiv student at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is preparing for doctoral work in Hebrew Bible with a wide interest in exploring the way Ancient Near Eastern material culture shapes our understanding of texts. As a future candidate for ordination in the Anglican Church of North America, he is keen to continue exploring interfaith dialogue and friendship between Jews and Christians. In his free time, Parker loves exploring the outdoors and line dancing. Parker recently graduated from UCLA where he received a B.A in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies. 



Aria Tsoulouhas is a PhD student in the Department of Religious Studies (Hebrew Bible and ancient Judaism) at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her most recent research, in conversation with scholars of queer theory, feminist theory, affect theory, and disability studies, has examined surrogacy, reproductive futurism, and maternity in the Hebrew Bible and the contemporary world. Previously, she received a BA in Jewish Studies and Classics (Greek) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MAR in Second Temple Judaism from Yale Divinity School.




Merhav Yeshoron is a poet and scholar.   He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D in literature from Tel Aviv University and Bar Ilan University. His research integrates Hebrew literature and Jewish Philosophy, exploring intertextuality within the Hebrew tradition. He is interested in how modern Hebrew poetics resonate with ancient myths and traditions. His dissertation portrayed the modern Hebrew writer S.Y. Agnon as an author who perceived his own writing as an act of Tikkun. His research is based on the linguistic investigations found in Maimonides' "Guide of the Perplexed," where a group of names is identified as central metaphors used in the Bible to describe God and demonstrates how these same names continue to dominate the metaphors that shape the metaphysics of modern Hebrew.