Dr Daniella Doron

Daniella Doron is a senior lecturer in Jewish History at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University.  She received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the Departments of History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, where she wrote a dissertation entitled “In the Best Interest of the Child: Family, Youth, and Identity in Postwar France, 1944-1954″. Her teaching and research interests lay at the intersection between Jewish history, modern European history, and the history of childhood, gender and the family.

She joined Monash University as a lecturer in 2012. Before arriving at Monash, she held the 2010-2012 Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Colgate University, offering courses in modern Jewish history, Jewish history and autobiography, and Jewish migration and diaspora. Previously, she was the 2009-2010 Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto where she offered courses on postwar Jewish history and children and the Holocaust.

Daniella’s first book, Jewish Youth and Identity in Postwar France: Rebuilding Family and Nation, was published with Indiana University Press in 2015. In this work she traced struggles between French Jewish and non-Jewish families, the French state, and Jewish agencies to rehabilitate Jewish youth in the aftermath of war. This book considered how children were transformed into objects of struggle as French Jews and non-Jews reassessed their vision of France in the wake of Vichy. Due to its pragmatic and emotional significance, the fraught subject of the rehabilitation of Jewish children operated as a forum for postwar French citizens of all faiths to voice their competing perspectives on Jewish communal and French national reconstruction. She showed how such weighty and contentious issues as a nascent memory of the Holocaust, the contours of republicanism, the reconstruction of Jewish ethnicity, and the utility of the institution of family in the postwar world all figured in Jewish child welfare work and debates as France’s citizens labored to reconstruct the world of the child and reconstitute their visions of the nation.

You can hear Daniella discuss this book on the following podcast:

Since completing this work, her scholarly interest in French Jewish history has been sustained through a series of projects.  She has written a historiographical article on modern French Jewish historiography for an edited collection (Brill, 2016). She has also co-edited a volume entitled Absence in the Aftermath, which brings to together a group of leading European historians to consider how the absence of Jews fundamentally shaped the rebuilding of postwar European states and societies.  The special issue journal volume will be published by the Journal of Contemporary History in the spring of 2017.

Daniella is currently researching a new book project provisionally entitled Young Border Crossers: Jewish Youth during the Ages of Migration, that examines the migration of unaccompanied Jewish migrant youth from Europe to the United States from the late nineteenth century into the post World War II period. Adopting the lens of childhood and mobility, this project traces the lived experiences of dislocation, migration, and integration.