Aiko Gonzalez hails from the forests of Arnold, California, and is a Senior at UC Berkeley studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Aiko hopes to combine her inquisitive nature of politics and society with her fascination of history. She has joined The Magnes in hopes of learning not only research methods but to also start the conversation of how history brought us to the present and connects with the future of society. Upon completion of her final year, Aiko will be teaching elementary school in San Jose, California.
Students and Volunteers
Clayton Hale is a 4th year transfer at UC Berkeley from Sacramento, California majoring in History with a concentration in American History. Besides reading, Clayton is also interested in exploring the implications, connections, and connotations between History and foreign policy. Clayton joins The Magnes in the hopes of fostering applicable research skills in working with data, and discovering the historical treasures that reside within The Magnes.
Parker is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, where he studies geography and conservation resource studies, specializing in geospatial information science to help people understand our changing world through the acquisition, analysis, and visualization of spatial data. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, and collecting passport stamps.
Adah was born in Israel and moved to the United States when she was nine years old. She has always had an interest and passion for Jewish life, and is currently a second-year undergraduate student studying History and Jewish Studies. She is the Co-President of Tikvah, the Zionist voice on campus, and is an undergraduate fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. Adah enjoys playing flute and is a member of the UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble.
Maia Rosengarten is a fourth year Political Economy major and Computer Science minor at UC Berkeley. After having the adventure of a lifetime during her Summer 2014 Birthright trip, she returned to Israel for four weeks to reconnect with family and learn more about her roots. When she’s not studying, she loves hiking in Marin County, cooking all day with friends, and going to the movies. She is proud to be a part of the thriving Jewish community at Cal.
Jason "Jackson" Block is a Business Administration student with Public Policy, Global Poverty & Practice, and Jewish Studies minors at the University of California, Berkeley. He is from Santa Clarita, CA and he has been actively involved in the Jewish community. He has served as president of Berkeley's Jewish Student Union since 2014, volunteers weekly with various non-profit organizations on and off campus, and works as an undergraduate fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.
Lauren Cooper, a Comparative Literature major and Spanish and History minor at UC Berkeley, created a digital companion to the Magnes Museum’s catalog, The Jewish World, integrating the Magnes collection database with social media platforms. She also contributed to the Spring 2015 exhibition, The Future of Memory. Lauren is now collaborating on the Fall 2015 exhibition, Biblical Lives, which is being planned by Magnes Graduate Fellow, Daniel Fisher.
Nadine Melamed, a Near Eastern Studies major with an emphasis in Persian Language and Literature at UC Berkeley, has a deep interest in international Jewry, especially in relation to Iran and other parts of the Middle East. After graduation, Nadine hopes to return to Israel to learn Hebrew and Arabic.
Petra Stefanova is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley pursuing a degree in Anthropology. She is originally from the Czech Republic where she worked as a librarian prior to coming to United States in 2004. Her research interests include museum studies, historical archaeology, medical and psychiatric anthropology, and art and religion. Besides her academic interests, she likes to spend her free time reading, baking, watching foreign cinema, volunteering and going on outdoor adventures.
Michelle is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in History and Classical Civilizations with a concentration in museology and education. Before volunteering at The Magnes, Michelle worked at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.