My name is Allison Schottenstein and I am a Doctoral Candidate in History at the University of Texas at Austin. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Judaic Studies and Women and Gender Studies. I received my masters in American history from the University of Texas at Austin and simultaneously won the Perry Prize for best master thesis. My broad interest is in American Jewish History with subfields in European Jewish history, American Race/Ethnic History and Religion. My dissertation is on the Houston Jewish Community’s reaction to the Civil Rights Movement.