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Coordinator, New One Program

Lecturer, International Foundation Program

New College, University of Toronto.
alexandra.guerson@utoronto.ca

With a PhD in History and Jewish Studies (U of Toronto, 2012), I’m currently a Lecturer at New College, where I teach world history to international students and coordinate New One, an interdisciplinary program for first-year students. I grew up in Brazil, received a Bachelor of Law from the University of Rio de Janeiro (Uni-Rio) before moving to Montreal, Canada in 1999. I received my BA (History) with great distinction from Concordia University in 2003 and was directly admitted to the PhD program at the University of Toronto in that same year.

I am currently co-editor of an upcoming collection of essays entitled Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia forthcoming by University of Nebraska Press. My current research project, in collaboration with Dana Wessell Lightfoot, deals with Jewish women and conversas in Girona in the aftermath of the anti-Jewish violence in 1391 and is funded by a SSHRC Insight grant. Having an avid interest in technology and in promoting digital literacy, I also teach Digital Humanities at New College and I’m on the executive committee behind SERAI, a free and open online collaboratory for scholarship on premodern encounters across ethnolinguistic and religious divides developed at the University of Toronto with partners at the universities of Nebraska Lincoln, Maryland, and elsewhere.

I’m also a  knitter and coffee enthusiast who can be found searching third-wave coffeeshops and breed-specific yarn.