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Dissertation Title: Settling the Good: Ethical Imagination, Temporal Stress, and the Figure of the Settler in Israel


Andrew Atwell is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. His dissertation examines how Israeli Jewish ethical imagination is informed and inflected by a pervasive experience of temporal stress underlying Israeli Jewish life: Israel is always at the threshold of extinction and at the same time is forever. It posits the figure of the settler, variously conceived, as both an embodiment of this temporality and a key figure organizing Israeli Jewish discussions, debates, contestations, and enactments of what it is to live well under this temporal stress.

Andrew's research has been supported by the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies, Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships, and the University of Chicago Anthropology Department's Leiffer Fellowship. Andrew previously earned an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School with a concentration in the Anthropology of Religion, and an MA in Physics from the University of Virginia. He holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and is an alumnus of Eckerd College where he earned a BS in Physics with a minor in Mathematics.