Jake Beckert is graduating with a dual master’s degree in history and Jewish studies. Originally from Whitefish Bay Wisconsin, Jake spent his undergraduate years at University of Wisconsin Madison, where he also majored in Jewish studies and history. Jake’s research focuses on the history of American Jews relationship with Israel¬–specifically, though not exclusively, post 1967. In particular Jake is interested in the ways American Jews conceptions of Israel and Zionism have been shaped by transnational institutions, and the ideologies those institutions draw on. He is also interested in how conceptions of gender and masculinity have shaped Jewish nationality. In his time at Indiana University Jake has been advised by Professor Noam Zadoff, and Professor Sarah Imhoff. This Fall Jake will begin his PhD in history at University of Washington Seattle, where he will continue his research on the history of American Jews relationship with Israel under the tutelage of Professor Liora Halperin and Professor Noam Pianko.