Center Research Fellows
Senior Lecturer, Department of Jewish Studies, Russian State University for Humanities, Moscow
Dr. Kiril Feferman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish Studies at the Russian State University for Humanities, Director of Education and Research at the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center in Moscow, and USC Shoah Foundation 2015-16 Center Research Fellow. He has previously held positions at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies, the Jewish Agency Educational Program, and Midreshet Yerushalaim College. Dr. Feferman received his PhD in 2008 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he presented a dissertation on the Holocaust in Crimea and the Caucasus. He has since authored two books, The Holocaust on the Russian Ethnic Frontier: The Crimea and North Caucasus, and Soviet Jewish Stepchild: The Holocaust in the Soviet Mindset, 1941-1964, as well as edited or co-edited multiple collections on the Holocaust and/or mass violence. Dr. Feferman is currently finishing his third book project, "If We had Wings, We would Fly to You": A Soviet Jewish Family Faces Destruction, 1941-42, which is under review by Indiana University Press. Dr. Feferman has held previous fellowships at the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, and was a recipient of the Danek Arthur Yad Vashem scholarship for his PhD work. Dr. Feferman was a 2013 recipient of the Egit Prize for Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Literature from the Israeli Trade Union, and has also received awards from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Nevzlin Center, the Ben Zvi Institute, and the World Sephardic Federation. He has recently presented at the ESF Exploratory Workshop in Berlin, the Association of Jewish Studies 46th International Conference in Baltimore, the Jewish Soldiers of World War II Conference in Tel Aviv, and the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich.
Medical Anthropologist and Clinical Psychologist, and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Monash University
Dr. Peg LeVine is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Australia. She received her Ed.D. from Virginia Tech University and her Ph.D. in medical anthropology from Monash University. As the 2014-15 Center Fellow, LeVine will spend the Spring 2015 semester in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research conducting research and participating in Center activities. She will also give a public talk during her stay.
LeVine has conducted extensive ethnographic studies while travelling with Cambodians to sites of ritual and cultural destruction during the Khmer Rouge genocide (1975-79). Her work focuses on "Ritualcide," a concept that she introduced as the systematic erosion of access to spiritual rituals, places, objects, and physical-metaphysical arbitrators. She has published multiple books, including Love and Dread in Cambodia: Weddings, Births, and Ritual Harm Under the Khmer Rouge (NUS Press, 2010).
During her fellowship, LeVine will utilize the Center's resources and the Shoah Foundation's network of scholars to further investigate evidence of ritualistic breakdown and the targeted policies that relate to "Ritualcide." LeVine also plans to use her time in the United States to study the stories of the large Cambodian refugee communities in Long Beach, Calif., and Lowell, Mass. LeVine's work also includes clay, wax, and bronze sculptures inspired by her research and the testimonies she heard while in Cambodia. She hopes to present an exhibition of new sculptures at the end of her fellowship. Recently, LeVine presented part of her research, "Accounting for Ritualcide in the Cambodian Genocide: Abduction of Children's Imaginations in a Spirit-based Culture (Film Ethnography)" at the Shoah Foundation Through Testimony International Conference in Los Angeles.