Ertegun Staff and Scholar Profiles

Macey Shay

Current course: 
MSt in Jewish Studies

In May 2016, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where I majored in History with a concentration in modern Jewish history.  My thesis was entitled “Jewish Educational Philanthropy in Comparison: The Schools of the Jewish Colonization Association and the Alliance Israélite Universelle in Argentina and Palestine, 1889-1914.”

At the University of Texas, I was a Dedman Distinguished Scholar and a Distinguished College Scholar.  I also studied at the Université de Montréal on a Killam Fellowship (administered by the Fulbright Foundation) and spent time studying or pursuing research at the Sorbonne, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, King’s College London, and the Università di Corsica. My primary intellectual interests throughout my undergraduate studies were 19th and 20th century European Jewish history, the history of Jewish education and youth movements, and the history of early Israel. I am also fascinated by Jewish theology and law, epistemology, and comparative law and education policy.

As an Ertegun Scholar, I am studying for an MSt in Jewish Studies.  While at Oxford, I hope to continue my focus on modern Jewish history and also expand my knowledge of Jewish theology, halakhah, and modern Hebrew.  I am thrilled for the opportunity to learn from the esteemed faculty at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.  After I graduate from Oxford, I will be continuing my graduate studies at Stanford University.

It is a singular honor to be a member of the vibrant Ertegun community and to have the opportunity to exchange ideas with such an accomplished group of young humanities scholars.  I am incredibly grateful for the intellectual and financial support that the Ertegun scholarship provides.  My time at Oxford as an Ertegun scholar will be of immense lifelong benefit, and for this I am very thankful!