The first key hires for our research, investigative and education team.
We have continued to put the systems in place to effectuate our mission to put together a small but effective research, investigative and educational team. We have a special focus on intersectionality and the red-green alliance, the cross-over of anti-capitalism, anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism that motivates so much of the activism ripping at the fabric of our freedoms.
Our first major project has been the Gibson’s Bakery versus Oberlin College dispute and trial, where we were the only national news organization with a reporter in the courtroom every single day of trial. This case contained many of the elements on which we focus, so it was a good fit for our mission. Our extensive coverage and announcement of the verdict has swept much of the internet (more on that later).
I’m happy to announce our first new hires at the Foundation, Prof. Gabriel Noah Brahm and Samantha Mandeles. More on them below. While you will see them from time to time on this website, they will devote substantial time to the background research and investigation that doesn’t follow the news cycle, but hopefully will make a difference.
I’ve known of Gabe for a long time. He’s one of the major scholars in the field of countering the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and intersectional ideologies sweeping college campuses and now infiltrating corporations and politics. He has edited and authored many of the seminal volumes on these issues.
I first learned of Samantha when she was still a student at Hampshire College, and an almost solo pro-Israel voice standing up against the earliest manifestations of student government BDS resolutions. I then met her when she worked at CAMERA, and we appeared on a panel together regarding BDS. She has a deep understanding of the red-green alliance and the influence of Islamist groups.
I’m excited to have them join us. Here are Gabe and Samantha’s formal bios and titles.
Prof. Gabriel Noah Brahm
Senior Research Scholar
Professor Gabriel Noah Brahm, Ph.D., is the Legal Insurrection Foundation’s Senior Research Scholar. He helped found and currently serves as Director of the Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom at Northern Michigan University, where he teaches courses in world literature and philosophical anthropology, and Senior Research Fellow at University of Haifa’s Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism. He has been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a visiting researcher at Tel Aviv’s Institute for National Security Studies, and a visiting scholar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, where he helped draft the 2010 white paper, “Antisemitism in Higher Education.” His recent published works include The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (coedited with Cary Nelson)(2014) and “Intersectionality,” Israel Studies, 24.2:157-170 (Summer 2019). A more complete listing of Prof. Brahm’s background is available at his faculty page.
Samantha Rose Mandeles
Senior Researcher and Outreach Director
Samantha Rose Mandeles joined Legal Insurrection Foundation after serving as an analyst and coordinator for the Middle East Forum, where she focused on researching Islamist networks in the United States. Prior to that, she was a senior campus coordinator for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, and Editor-in-Chief of its CAMERA-on-Campus website. She earned her M.A in Counter-terrorism and Homeland Security from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and her B.A. from Hampshire College. Her writings have been published in PJ Media, Daily Wire, Daily Caller, Algemeiner, JNS, American Spectator, among others, and she is an experienced public speaker on issues relating to Israel, Islamism, and antisemitism.
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