Staff

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life engages scholars, curators, librarians, archivists, and museum specialists. Follow the links below to learn more about our team. 

Francesco Spagnolo, a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media, is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the ...
Arielle Tonkin is an artist and an educator. She holds a combined B.A. in Conflict Studies and Visual Arts from Boston University, and a 2012 fellowship from Yeshivat Hadar in NYC, studying ...
Daniel Fisher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. Daniel’s research explores social, historical, and literary questions in the Hebrew Bible and early ...
Daniel Viragh is the post-doctoral fellow at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.  He is a modern Jewish historian, and he focuses on Hungarian Jewish history in the Dualist Period ...
Erik Nelson joined The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life after working as the Manager for the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley for six years (since 2009). During this time, ...
Gary Handman is currently the Public Services Coordinator at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley.  His most immediate past ...
Julie Franklin has been working in the arts for the last twenty-two years. She was the Director of the California Crafts Museum and the Registrar at the Treasure Island Museum, The Mexican Museum ...
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