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Joanna S.

Humanities & Social Studies; Hebrew School & Jewish Studies

Oakland, CA (94609)

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Hello! I am a graduate student in cultural anthropology, having completed a master's degree in cultural studies. I am proficient in Hebrew (I lived in Israel for four years) and have a working knowledge of Japanese as well. (I studied the language through my undergraduate education and spent a year in Fukuoka as a study-abroad student). I'm also a writer and have published non-fiction academic and non-academic writing. I am available to tutor students on essay writing, history, and social studies. These are subjects that I personally enjoy, and I would hope to pass on my excitement about them to the student.

I've also taught Hebrew School and tutored children in Hebrew, which I've also loved. I would also be more than happy to help students with upcoming bar/bat mitzvah readings and/or help them prepare their drashot (sermons) if that is something they want to do. I love traditional text study, and I believe there is a lot a young person can get out of it.

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Joanna’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
ESL/ESOL, Hebrew, Japanese, TOEFL
American History, Anthropology, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
English, ESL/ESOL, Japanese, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Hebrew, Japanese, Proofreading


I'm currently a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. Previously, I completed a Master's degree in Cultural Studies (at Hebrew University of Jerusalem), where I conducted field work over the course of two years. I incorporated this ethnographic research into my master's thesis. I'm currently conducting field work in the East Bay into urban agricultural communities here. I'm familiar not only with the history and theory of anthropology but it's practical application as well. In addition, during my three years at UCSB, I've been exposed to physical anthropology and archaeological methods as well. Lastly, during the school year 2012-2013, I was a teacher's assistant for the undergraduate introductory class to Cultural Anthropology at UCSB.


I lived in Israel for four years and completed a Master's degree there at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Not only were my classes in Hebrew but, as a non-native speaker, I had to pass the Hebrew exemption exam (p'tor) in order to receive my degree. I also taught Hebrew at the JCCSF as a substitute teacher and a regular teacher in 2010 (while working there as a program coordinator).


I wrote my Master's degree thesis on a new religious movement in Jerusalem and went on to specialize, in my PhD program, on contemporary spirituality. This required in-depth reading of canonical theorists in the study of religion, including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and William James, as well numerous contemporary scholars. My current specialization is Anthropology of Religion. As part of my PhD research, I work with Ann T. and others in the Religious Studies department at UC Santa Barbara. I'm also a longtime student of Jewish traditional texts and pedagogical methods and maintain secondary interests in Hinduism and Buddhism, especially in comparative perspectives.

Social Studies

I'm in a PhD program in Cultural Anthropology and have an MA in Cultural Studies. The bread and butter of both degrees is culture, history, and society. The primary skills of "social studies" are those that I specialize in: synthesizing information, learning how to contextualize and interpret primary sources, creating a coherent narrative of complex processes, among others.

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University of Michigan Ann Arbor (Asian Studies)

Hebrew University Jerusalem (Master's)

University of California Santa Barbara (PhD)

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Joanna will travel within 30 miles of Oakland, CA 94609.

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