Judith Vichniac was appointed director of the fellowship program in September 2001. Prior to that she was director of studies and senior lecturer in social studies, an interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration at Harvard.
An expert on Western European politics, Vichniac has taught courses on social and political theory, political sociology, history and memory, and French politics. She is the author of The Management of Labor: The British and French Iron and Steel Industries 1860–1918 (JAI Press, 1990) and coeditor of Democracy, Revolution, and History (Cornell University Press, 1999), a Festschrift published in honor of Barrington Moore, Jr., a Harvard sociologist and author. She is currently working on a monograph on the memory of the Dreyfus Affair in contemporary France. Vichniac received her BA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and her PhD from Harvard's Department of Government.