Francesco Spagnolo

Curator & Associate Adjunct Professor

Francesco Spagnolo is a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media. At the University of California, Berkeley, he is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Music. He is also an affiliated faculty with the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Institute of European Studies, the Religious Diversity Cluster of the Haas Institute, and serves on the Digital Humanities Council. Dr. Spagnolo is also a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome. 

Barbara Goldstein

Visiting Research Associate (2013-present)

Barbara Goldstein is a historian of European fascism. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria with a dissertation devoted to newsreel films created by the Austrian Police between 1929-1938 as part of governmental fascist propaganda campaigns.One of Goldstein’s focuses and special interests is in historic administrative structures and “infamous people” in the early-modern period.

Alan Elbaum, Graduate Research Assistant (2016)

Alan is a first-year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. While at Berkeley, he is working toward a master's degree in the history of medicine, using manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah. More broadly, he is interested in the literature and culture of the Jews of Arab lands; historical perspectives on medicine and the social determinants of health; and how insights from the past can guide the way medicine is practiced today. His project at the Magnes is based on the collection of Egyptian Karaite and Rabbanite manuscripts that were recently cataloged by Dr.

Zach Bleemer, Graduate Research Assistant (2016)

Zach Bleemer is a data scientist and microeconomist studying aesthetics and young person decision-making at UC Berkeley, where he is a doctoral student in Economics. His research, which has been supported by fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Schupf Scholars program, examines popular latent aesthetic categories and beliefs since 1600 across Europe and the United States.

Lily Greenberg Call, Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2016)

Lily Greenberg Call is a first year student and intended political science major. At Berkeley, she is on the board of the Jewish Student Union and Bears for Israel, and is active in the Greek system and CalDems. She is a published poet and hopes to combine her love for both words and politics with a career in law or reporting.  Lily hails from San Diego, and in her minimal free time, enjoys running and being outdoors.

Clayton Hale

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2016)

Clayton Hale is a third year transfer at UC Berkeley from Sacramento, California, majoring in history with a concentration on 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.

Sarah Klein, Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2015-2016)

Sarah Klein is an Undergraduate Research Apprentice at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. She is currently obtaining a bachelor of arts in political science, with a specialization in international relations, and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her areas of study include International Disability Rights as well as Arab-Jewish life in the Middle East. On campus, she is the president of External Affairs for the Olive Tree Initiative chapter at Berkeley and the Outreach Chair for the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship Association.

Eli Rosenblatt

Magnes Graduate Fellow (2013-2014)

Eli Rosenblatt is a PhD Candidate in Jewish Studies at UC-Berkeley. His primary interests include the literature of the Jewish Enlightenment, modern Yiddish and Hebrew literature, and broader questions about change in Jewish culture. He is also the founder of the Berkeley Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies, a cross-campus initiative to promote the scholarly study of the Romani (“Gypsy”) culture and history.


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