Joshua Shelly joined the Carolina-Duke German Studies program in Fall 2016. He holds a BA in German and History from Wayne State University (2011) and an MLS (2013) and MA in Religious Studies (2015) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research field covers German Jewish literature during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his dissertation, he explores the role of German Jewish literature, especially utopian works, in early Zionism. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Leo Baeck Institute, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, and the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University.