Abby Gondek

Scholar in Residence, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library

Dr. Abby Gondek is the Morgenthau Scholar-in-Residence at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. She will use digital humanities resources to visualize the connections between people, organizations, places, events, and themes within the Holocaust-related archival collections at the library. Abby received her PhD in Global and Socio-cultural Studies and MA in African and African Diaspora Studies from Florida International University (FIU). She also holds an MA in Women’s Studies and a MS in Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities. Her previous research used historical social network analysis to analyze the political, institutional and personal networks between Jewish women social scientists and the women scholars of color with whom they collaborated in the early-mid 20th century. She has also conducted research about the experiences of Jewish women of color in Brazil. Dr. Gondek served as an adjunct instructor, teaching fifteen courses in 2018-2019 in a wide array of topics including Race, Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop; Race, Gender and Science in the Atlantic; Nazism and the Holocaust; Societies in the World and World Ethnographies. She also supervised student teachers in the Education program at FIU. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Abby was a New York City Teaching Fellow and Jewish Diversity Educator with The Curriculum Initiative and the Foundation for Jewish Camp. She worked as a special education and social studies teacher in two NYC public high schools.