Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism : Birkbeck University of London
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Professor David Feldman

David has been Director of the Pears Institute since its inception in July 2010. He is particularly interested in the history of the concept of antisemitism and in exploring the relationship of antisemitism to other forms of racial intolerance. He is a Professor of History at Birkbeck and has written on the history of Jews in Britain, as well as on the history of immigrants, ethnic minorities and migrants, from the 17th century to the present day.

Dr Jan Davison

Jan is the Manager of the Pears Institute and its Head of Communications. She has a PhD in inter-organizational decision-making and has worked as a strategic communications consultant for a range of organisations in the private and public sector, including central government and further and higher education institutions.

Dr Brendan McGeever
Lecturer in the Sociology of Racialization and Antisemitism

Brendan is Lecturer in the Sociology of Racialization and Antisemitism in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck. His core areas of specialism are the study of antisemitism, racism and anti-racism, historically up to the present day. He is particularly interested in the relationship between racism and antisemitism, and exploring the extent to which these two areas of research can be brought together. 

Dr Marc Volovici
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Marc is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Pears Institute and the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. He studies the cultural and intellectual history of Jewish political movements in Central and Eastern Europe and Palestine.  

Tanesha Westcarr
Events Coordinator

Tanesha is the Events Coordinator at the Pears Institute and an International Development post-graduate student at Birkbeck, University of London. She is also a Diaspora Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Jamaica. Her previous experience within the private sector includes roles as a marketing consultant and business developer. 

Research Fellows

Dr Vivi Lachs
Associate Research Fellow

Vivi is a social and cultural historian, Yiddishist, teacher and performer. Her most recent monograph positions London’s Yiddish popular culture in historical perspective within Anglo-Jewish history, English socialist aesthetics, and music-hall culture, and shows its relationship to the transnational Yiddish-speaking world.

Dr Louise London
Honorary Research Fellow

Louise has published and lectured widely on the history of British policy towards immigrants, Jews and refugees since 1900. Once a practising lawyer specialising in immigration cases, she is now writing an article on 20th century legal restrictions on the rights of aliens.

Dr Diana I. Popescu
Associate Research Fellow

Diana is a cultural historian with a background in Jewish history and Holocaust studies. Her research and teaching include Holocaust studies, art history and museum studies. She has published work on the ethics and aesthetics of Holocaust representation in museums and in the visual arts. She is currently developing a project on immersive technologies in Holocaust education.

Dr Dave Rich
Associate Research Fellow

Dave studied for his PhD at the Institute. His research covered the emergence of left wing anti-Zionism in Britain after 1967, particularly in student politics, and responses to it from UK Jewish organisations. He is the head of policy at Community Security Trust and is particularly interested in the relationship of anti-Zionism to antisemitism, and the boundaries that separate them, that fuel debates over the ‘new antisemitism’.

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Professor Anthony Bale

Anthony is Dean of School of Arts and Professor of Medieval Studies at Birkbeck. His research interests include the histories and theories of 'antisemitism', late medieval English literature, culture and popular religion. He is currently exploring European ideas of the Holy Land in the Middle Ages.

Dr Ludivine Broch

Ludivine is Lecturer in History at the University of Westminster. Her research interests lie in modern European history, especially around the World Wars, the Holocaust and the social and cultural history of France during the German Occupation of 1940-44.

Professor Bryan Cheyette

Bryan is a Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Reading. His research interests include racial representations in the European novel, postcolonial literature and theory, diasporic culture, Holocaust testimony, and British-Jewish literature. He is currently completing a short history of the ghetto. 

Anthony Clavane

Anthony is the author of two groundbreaking books on the Anglo-Jewish experience in Britain and Jewish involvement in football, ‘Promised Land: A Northern Love Story’ and ‘Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?’. He is a journalist who has contributed to the Independent, Guardian, Mirror and Times.

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Professor Stephen Frosh

Stephen’s work focuses on the social and cultural applications of psychoanalytic theory, considering gender, identity, otherness and racist hate. His book, ‘Hate and the Jewish Science’ (2005) includes a critical study of psychoanalytic theories of antisemitism and the legacies of Jewish identity within psychoanalysis.

Dr Ben Gidley

Ben is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial studies. He has researched and published on histories of Jewish migration in London, Jewish radical movements, the sociology of Anglo-Jewry, the relationship between antisemitism and Islamophobia, and theorising diaspora. 

Professor Jack Jacobs

Jack is a Professor of Political Science at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has conducted research on such issues as relations between Jews and the Left, past and present, and the Frankfurt School’s approach to the study of antisemitism.

Professor Daniel Monk

Daniel is a Senior Lecturer in Law. His research focuses on issues relating to education and family law, children’s rights, criminal justice and sexuality. Particular interests are the politics of faith schools, school dress codes and the tensions between religious freedom and gay and lesbian rights.

Professor Daniel Pick

Daniel, a cultural and intellectual historian, is currently researching the role of psychoanalysis in the Second World War. His latest book, 'The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts' was published in 2012.


Hear Daniel speaking about 'The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind'
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Dr Jessica Reinisch

Jessica’s interests lie in modern European and German history. Her research focuses on the migration and displacement of populations in the post-war period, particularly the reconstruction of societies brought about by large scale movements of refugees and subsequent issues of nationalism, ethnicity and race.

Professor Jan Rueger

Jan specializes in the history of Germany, Britain and Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries. His research interests include comparative and transnational history and the cultural history of conflict.

Professor Irene Bruna Seu

Bruna is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial studies. Her main interest is ordinary people’s unresponsiveness to knowledge of human rights abuses. In particular she applies a psychosocial analysis to justifications of moral passivity to understand their relation with racist and prejudiced discourses of groups considered ‘other’.


Professor Philip Spencer

Philip was the founder of the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Mass Violence at Kingston University, and is a Trustee of the Wiener Library. He is the author of Genocide since 1945 (Routledge 2012) and is currently writing a book on Cosmopolitanism and Antisemitism.

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Dr Marcel Stoetzler

Marcel is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bangor University, UK, working on social theory and intellectual history. He has a strong interest in Critical Theory, especially Adorno, and feminist theory, and the theory and history of antisemitism, especially in relation to liberalism and nationalism.

Dr Becky Taylor

Becky is a Reader in Modern History at the University of East Anglia. As a social historian she is concerned with minorities, migration, the state and welfare state; and particularly through her work on Gypsies, Roma and Travellers on issues of xenophobia and identity.


Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann

Nikolaus has written widely on terror and repression in the Third Reich. He was recently appointed to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Academic Advisory Board and is currently completing a new history of the SS concentration camps. 


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