Ariel Cohen

Doctoral Candidate in History

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 University of Virginia 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. Ariel hopes

that her passion for historical Jewish art and culture will translate into the

contemporary Jewish public sphere because she believes that history has the

power to shape the present and future, as well as play a conciliatory role

between diverse communities.