Ariel Cohen

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Field & Specialties

Jewish History
Visual Culture
Art History


B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 2014

M.A. Columbia University, 2016

M.A. Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 2016

Ariel Cohen is currently a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Virginia, where she focuses on modern Jewish nationalism and the history of human rights with a visual spin. In fact, she considers herself equally an art historian and curator, specializing in visual and material culture as gateways to the Jewish past. 

She holds an MA in Art History & Archaeology from Columbia University, where she focused on Zionist art and visual representations of the Land of Israel. While at Columbia, she also studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary, obtaining a second MA in Modern Jewish Studies and researching the visual culture of Israeli political movements and the Jewish history of comic books.

As an undergraduate Ariel studied History and Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Her scholarship has been recognized by multiple awards, including the Jewish Theological Seminary Wolfe Kelman and Alexander Kohut Memorial Prize and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. An emerging curator in the Jewish museum space, Ari has worked on the curatorial teams of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (contemporary Middle Eastern art), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and several others.

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University of Virginia
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