Judith Göppinger studied French, political science as well as history with a focus on early modern and ancient history. While studying she was student assistant at Topoi and mainly supported research group (B-1) Routes – Water – Knowledge. In 2016 she continued her work with this research group as a doctoral fellow. Besides this, she is member of the program Ancient Languages and Texts (ALT) by the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies.
Her research focuses on examining the construction of Jewish “identity/ies” in the works of Flavius Josephus, chosen because of his biography and writings, all of which deal with Judaism in a variety of ways. At the same time, the study undertakes a comparison with other Jewish “identity constructs”, such as Philo and the Books of the Maccabees, while taking into consideration issues of autonomy and foreign rule.