Academic Advisory Board (AAB)

Elected by the board of directors, our academic advisory board compromises of 3 industry leading researchers, professors and leaders across academia.

The board's goal is to advise the international AJS leadership on the creation of all student and institutional initiatives. 

Meet Our
Academic Advisory Board

These individuals are the life of the international operation of the AJS. 
*Advisory members are elected to a two-year term.

Dr. Zachary Braiter

Executive Director, International Association of Jewish Students Academic Advisory Board


Ph.D., Stanford University, Department of Religious Studies (1995)


Professor Braiterman works in the field of modern Judaism. His research and teaching explore shifting aesthetic canons as they shape Jewish thought and culture from the 17th century until the present.

Dr. Braiterman is currently the director of the Jewish Studies department at Syracuse University.

Focus on the Board of Advisors:

In his role as director, Professor Braiterman may recommend appointments to the board, control recommendation agenda and ensures that policy created by the board catapults the mission of the AJS supports Jewish students in the 21st century of higher-education. 

Dr. Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn

Public Affairs, International Association of Jewish Students Academic Advisory Board


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, (1990)


Professor Lasch-Quinn is an Author and Senior Research Associate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship's Campbell Public Affairs Institute.

A Fulbright fellow, Professor Lasch-Quinn has received many research grants and fellowships, including from Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center, the PEW and Templeton foundations, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and UVA’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, and taught graduate seminars at Yale and the University of Rome, Italy. Professor Lasch-Quinn has also consulted for the office of the Prime Minister (U.K.).

She has taught and advised many PhD students at Syracuse, where she served as the Director of Graduate Studies in History.

Focus on the Board of Advisors:

As a prolific scholar, author and researcher of public affairs, history, the art of ideas and culture, Professor Lasch-Quinn advises the AJS' relationship with public domain institutions, organizations and affiliations across the world.

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