Amy Fedeski

Field & Specialties

Jewish History
International History
Cold War History


University of Virginia, 2018-present: PhD candidate

Dissertation (in progress): “What We Want To Do As Americans”: Jewish Political Activism and United States Refugee Policy, 1965-1989

Comprehensive exams (passed May 2020): Jewish history, International History, Twentieth Century U.S. history

MA thesis: ‘Let My Peoples Go: the American Jewish Committee and the Baghdad and Leningrad show trials, 1969-1970’

University of Cambridge, 2017-2018: MPhil American History

Dissertation: ‘Symbolism and Strategy of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, 1964-1974’

University of Sheffield, 2014-2017: BA History and Politics, First Class.

History dissertation: ‘Religion, Politics and Violence: the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre in Context’

Politics dissertation: ‘Layout matters: an investigation of the relationship between parliamentary seating arrangement and politics’

Current Research

Analysing the American Jewish Committee’s response to the Egoz sinking, Movement and Migration Graduate Student Conference, Stony Brook University, March 2019.

Refugees, emigres, dissidents: the Carter administration and Jewish migration, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, June 2019.

‘Considerations of humanity and justice’: Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and human rights discourse in the 1960s, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference, November 2019.

‘Both in our national character and in our national interest’: Jewish American Non-governmental Organizations and the Refugee Act of 1980, Association for Jewish Studies, December 2020 (paper accepted).

Awards & Honors

2019-2020 academic year 

  • Rachel Winer Manin Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Jewish Studies, University of Virginia

  • Summer Dissertation Research Funding, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia (declined)

  • The Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Summer Research Award, University of Virginia

  • Jefferson Scholars Fellowship, Finalist

  • Jefferson Scholars Foundation Research Prize


2018-2019 academic year: 

  • Rachel Winer Manin Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Jewish Studies, University of Virginia

  • Double Hoo Award, Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Virginia

  • Student Researcher, Religion, Race and Democracy Lab, University of Virginia

  • Ruth B. Fein Prize, American Jewish Historical Society

  • Summer Language Training Research Grant, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia


2017-2018 academic year: 

  • Sarah Norton Fund for MPhil dissertation research, Department of History, University of Cambridge

Courses Taught

As Teaching Assistant:

HIEU2101: Jewish History I: the Premodern Experience (Fall 2019)

GETR2770: Germany, Past and Present (January Term 2020)

HIEU2102: Jewish History I: the Modern Experience (Spring 2020)

HIUS3191: American Jewish History: Race, Religion, and Community in the United States