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Ilana Horwitz

B.A. Emory University

M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University

Ph.D. candidate, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Davidson Wexner Fellow

Ilana Horwitz is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford's Center on Longevity, where she is working on their New Map of Life initiative. Her research explores the interaction of religion and education, and she is determined to understand how religious commitments shape adolescents’ academic outcomes. Her research was recently featured in multiple media outlets and can be found [here]( . Ilana is trained in both qualitative quantitative research methods, and is currently a guest editor of a special issue of Contemporary Jewry on research methods. Ilana holds a Masters in International Education Development from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Emory University. Ilana has worked in a variety of organizations conducting research, program evaluation and management consulting, including Deloitte Consulting, ICF International, the Covenant Foundation, and the Union for Reform Judaism. Ilana serves on the board of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE), and has held fellowships from the Institute for Education Sciences, and from the Wexner Foundation.


Jonah Hassenfeld

B.A. Columbia University, Philosophy

Ph.D. Stanford Graduate School of Education

Jonah Hassenfeld is a Program Officer at the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Before joining the Institute, Dr. Hassenfeld worked in a wide variety of educational institutions including a New York City public school, Brandeis University’s teacher education program, and Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish High School in Boston. At Gann, he served as Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, and led several initiatives in research, evaluation and teacher leadership. He writes about history education and the Israel-America relationship. His work has appeared in The Forward, Tablet Magazine, and Sh’ma and in a number of scholarly journals.



Ziva Hassenfeld

B.A. NYU, Interdisciplinary Studies (Econ, Political Philosophy & Israel Studies)

M.A. Brandies University, Teaching

Ph.D. Stanford Graduate School of Education

Ziva is currently dividing her time between two post doctoral fellowships, one at the Dev Tech Research Group at Tufts University working on the Coding as Literacy Project under Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers, and one at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University under Dr. Jon Levisohn. Her research focuses on the tools and reading strategies young children employ when reading texts (both biblical and literary), as well as the pedagogies teachers use to support student textual interpretation, fluency and comprehension.  Her research has been published in various peer review journals and in popular practitioner journals. Her work was awarded the “Article of the Year” award from the Journal of Jewish Education in 2018, and the NRJE Research Award recognizing the author of an outstanding publication in 2017. Part of her current research is generously funded by the Sylvia and Moshe Ettenberg Research Grant in Jewish Education. She is a Wexner Fellow and Davidson Scholar, Class 25.