Jerry (Kit) Li
AM Candidate in Regional Studies—Middle East
Jerry recently graduated from Williams College with honors in English and History, during which he wrote his thesis on Elizabeth I and her many bodies in Edmund Spencer’s The Faerie Queene and undertook an independent study on Masada, the Israeli Symbol and Myth. He was a recipient of the Roche Fellowship, culminating in a project examining the democratic foundation of Israel’s religious democracy, and the Bronfman Hebrew Fellowship and the Jessica K. and Ronald D. Liebowitz Centennial Fellowship. In his undergraduate studies, Jerry focused on developing a receptive and open mindset to understanding socio-religious influences in the Middle East. His love of Renaissance literature has crucially contributed to this framework of mind. Other contributing experiences have been his internship with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, his time spent at the Israel Antiquities Archives in preparation for his two projects, an Ulpan course at Tel Aviv University and a language study in Beirut, Lebanon. Jerry’s main research interests include the modern Israeli society, the Palestinian cause and Israel-Lebanon relations. At Harvard, Jerry plans to continue exploring these interests as well as continuing his study of Arabic and Hebrew.