Alex Scheepens

Position title: TA: History 102 with Professor Useche

Email: scheepens@wisc.edu

Address:
Advisors: Kathryn Ciancia and Tony Michels

Alex Scheepens

Biography

I am a historian of modern European Jewish history, with a focus on the Holocaust. My research centers on the high victimization percentage of Dutch Jews in the Shoah. More specifically, I am interested in understanding the Jewish experience in hiding, by examining the local conditions in the Netherlands and personal circumstances of these individuals, as well as highlighting the social dynamics between Jews and non-Jews in Dutch society. My research utilizes both a geographical lens and spatial methods as well as a history of emotions.

My teaching and research interests include modern European Jewish history, the Holocaust, antisemitism, and the history of Zionism and the State of Israel.

Education

M.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021
M.A., European Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2016
B.A., International Relations, History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2014

Field

  • European History
  • Jewish History

MA Title

  • “A Spatial Analysis of Emotions: The Jewish Experience in Hiding in the Dutch Countryside during the Nazi Occupation, 1940-1945 “

Selected Awards

  • Robert and Beverly Natelson Family Award in Jewish Studies, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison (2021)
  • Rachel Feldhay Brenner Fund for Research and Study of the Holocaust, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison (2021)
  • Ida and Isaac Lipton Domestic Study Award, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison (2021)
  • Ida and Isaac Lipton Essay Award, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison (2021)
  • David Sorkin Graduate Student Support Fund, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison (2020)
  • Robert and Lynn Berman Scholarship, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison (2020)
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Department of History, UW-Madison (2019-2020)
  • European Forum Excellence Scholarship, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2014-2015)
  • International Summer School of German Language and Culture Scholarship, Universität Heidelberg (2014)

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 223/Jewish 231 — The Holocaust (Fall 2020, Fall 2021)
  • History 357 — The Second World War (Spring 2021)