Sydnee Wurtz

MA Student, Religious Studies

Sydnee's research focuses on Judaism and its role in politics, including how Judaism has been used on both sides of war and peace. Most importantly, she explores how Judaism – especially knowledge of Judaism and traditions connected to Jewish culture – can aid in the peace effort in the Middle East and beyond.


  • University of Virginia - MA in Religious Studies (anticipated graduation 2023)
  • West Virginia University - BA in Religious Studies (2020), BA in International Studies with a focus in Africa and the Middle East (2020)

Selected Awards and Professional Experience

  • Model UN Distinguished Delegation Award
  • Biblical Archaeology Research Assistant, National Geographic
  • Roos-Grunfeld Award
  • Special Projects Manager and Events Assistant in the Jewish Studies Program at UVA