MemberJeffrey Mark Paull

Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  He earned his BS in Chemistry and Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, and his MPH and Doctorate of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Paull’s career as an environmental toxicologist and scientific expert in the field of occupational and environmental health spans over thirty years (1976 – 2008).

Since that time, Dr. Paull has devoted himself to his passion for Jewish genealogical research and writing.  His first book, entitled: “A Noble Heritage: The History and Legacy of the Polonsky and Paull Family in America,” traces his family’s ancestry over a millennium of history, and discovers their lost rabbinical heritage dating back to Rashi (1040–1105).  His book was recently featured on the PBS website, “Finding your Roots, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”

Dr. Paull is very active in the field of genetic genealogy, and has conducted numerous pioneering autosomal and Y-DNA research studies in which he has identified the unique genetic signature of many of Eastern Europe’s most renowned rabbis and tzaddiks (the Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, Rabbi Raphael of Bershad, Rabbi Yehuda Kahana of Sighet, the Shpoler Zeida), rabbinical lineages (Katzenellenbogen, Polonsky, Rappaport-Cohen, Shapiro) and Chassidic dynasties (Twersky, Wertheim-Giterman).

In addition to his Jewish genealogical research studies, Dr. Paull recently published a Y-DNA research study on the patrilineal lineage of John Hart, the 13th Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and one of America’s Founding Fathers.

Dr. Paull’s many genealogy-related book chapters, research articles, and publications have surpassed 30,000 views, placing him in the top one percent of all researchers on  He is a highly sought-after speaker, and he has presented talks on his pioneering Jewish genealogical research studies to many genealogical societies, and International Jewish genealogy conferences across the world.

More in-depth information regarding Dr. Paull’s books, and related genealogy and family history projects, may also be found on his website:; and Facebook page: Research questions may be directed to Dr. Paull at

MemberDeLisa Hawkes

My research focuses on representations of genealogical discovery and ancestry in nineteenth and early-twentieth century African American literature. I am especially interested in the literary depictions of the interactions between African Americans and Native Americans during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, as well as intraracial tensions more broadly. I am currently working on my first book project which I developed out my dissertation entitled The Problem of the Prism: Racial Passing, Colorism, and the Politics of Racial Visibility. In this project, I analyze the works of authors such as Sutton Griggs and popular media like Ebony magazine to examine how authors and writers discussed genealogy in relation to Black pride.

MemberHaiyan Lee

Haiyan Lee is a professor of Chinese and comparative literature at Stanford University. She is the author of Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950 (Stanford University Press, 2007), winner of the 2009 Joseph Levenson Prize (post-1900 China) from the Association for Asian Studies, and The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination (Stanford University Press, 2014). In 2015-16, she was a Frederick Burkhardt Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences where she began research on a new project on Chinese visions of justice at the intersection of narrative, law, and ethics.