Student NameGabriel Martin
Faculty Mentor NameGayle Zachmann
CollegeLiberal Arts and Sciences
MajorPolitical Science/French & Francophone Studies
Research InterestsFrench language and culture, French Jewry, France & Israel, French sociolinguistics.
Academic AwardsBest Position Paper at Model EU Conference (University of Pittsburg, 2019), Dean’s List for Spring 2018 & Fall 2018
OrganizationsEuropean Union Club, Pride Student Union
Hobbies and InterestsMovie & film, reading, swimming, playing the New York Times Crossword.

Research Project

Mediating French Jewish Consciousness: Israel, Antisemitism, Aliyah and French Jewish Community Organizations

This project focuses on the relationship that French Jews have developed with both the states France and Israel. In spite of it being the third largest Jewish population and their long relationship with the state of France, there is a number of people who do not want to address French Jewry, a topic that has become more politically relevant. Anti-Semitism has run concurrently to more tolerant view of Jews in France from religious anti-Semitism to the Dreyfus affair to the complicity of Vichy France in the Shoah. The advent of Israel only served to exacerbate the identity and social problems of French Jews. Contemporary France is still dealing with these problems, especially with the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in recent years. Thus it seems prudent to know what organizations, if any, have an effect on the sociopolitical relationships between the Jews of France with their “homelands.”