Rebecca Heilweil is a University Scholar from New York. She is interested in the relationship between contemporary media and history. At Penn, she has been an undergraduate fellow for the College House Research Program, FactCheck.Org, the Price Lab for Digital Humanities, and the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism. She has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tablet Magazine, USA Today College, FactCheck.Org, and Democracy Journal, and her work has been recognized by the Aspen Institute and Penn's undergraduate political science journal, Sound Politicks, for which she won the best article prize. At Penn, her most recent research has focused on employing text-mining to study free speech coverage in American newspapers. This year, she will be researching Irish-Jewish identity in the 20th century.
Penn Humanities Forum Undergraduate Fellow
2017—2018 Forum on Afterlives
History, Political Science
The Afterlife of European Persecution in the Israeli-Irish Relationship
For this project, I plan to study the legacy of European persecution on both Irish and Israeli identity, and how shared experiences affected how the two countries saw and related to each other between 1948 and 1975. This project will use primary sources, including official correspondence, and newspapers, to look at how memory of European persecution affected the public consciousness of these two countries, in addition to how their mutual history of European persecution complicated their relationship.