Amy Fedeski

Field & Specialties

Jewish History
International History
Cold War History


University of Virginia, 2018-present: PhD

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 (paper accepted).

Awards & Honors

2019-2020 academic year: 

  • 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


2018-2019 academic year: 

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

  • 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