Polish-born Magdalena Luszczynska’s experiences as a master’s exchange student at the Hebrew University led her to return for her doctoral studies, where Mandel School Academic Director Professor Israel Yuval is her academic supervisor. Luszczynska appreciates the “many perks” of being a Hebrew University doctoral candidate at the Mandel School. “These include excellent supervisors and a scholarly community of fellow students: both make me feel highly motivated and fulfilled,” she says. Luszczynska is doing her doctorate in the Department of the History of the Jewish People and is a junior member of the Mandel Scholion research group, A Question of Identity. Her subject, anti-Jewish Protestant polemics, was inspired by her heritage. Undoubtedly, her familiarity with several languages — including Polish, German, Hebrew, Yiddish and English — helps her research focus on the relationship between Jews and Christians in sixteenth-century Poland, a period she describes as “an exciting time for Poland culturally, and a fruitful time for Polish Jewry.”
Originally published in Scopus Magazine's 2015 issue in the insert entitled Pioneering Excellence at the Hebrew University: The Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. To read the full issue, click here.