The faculty of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies are committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Jews and Judaism.  Judaic Studies faculty come from all corners of campus and comprise a diverse and active community within the University.


  • Maya Barzilai

    Maya Barzilai

    Assistant Professor 4165 Thayer Building

    Twentieth-century Hebrew, German, and Yiddish literature; Visual studies and popular culture; Translation studies734.647.4240 / brmaya@umich.edu

  • Sara Blair

    Sara Blair

    Professor 3251 Angell Hall

    American Studies, Urban Studies, Jewish-American Literature, Visual Culture and Photography734.764.0428 / sbblair@umich.edu

  • Gabriele Boccaccini

    Gabriele Boccaccini

    Professor 4145 Thayer Building

    Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins734.763.1595 / gbocca@umich.edu

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    David Caron

    Professor 4218 MLB

    Holocaust Literature, France, Gender and Sexuality734.747.2665 / dcaron@umich.edu

  • Walter Cohen

    Walter Cohen

    Professor 3187 Angell Hall

    734.764.6330 / cowa@umich.edu

  • Deborah Dash Moore

    Deborah Dash Moore

    Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History 2016 Thayer Building

    American Jewish History734.615.8501 / ddmoore@umich.edu

  • Todd Endelman

    Todd Endelman

    William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History Emeriti

    Modern Jewish History734.764.6305 / endelman@umich.edu

  • Hussein Fancy

    Hussein Anwar Fancy

    Assistant Professor 2528 Haven Hall

    734.647.5409 / fancy@umich.edu

  • BIO-Freedman

    Jonathan Freedman

    Marvin Felheim Collegiate Professor 3036 Angell Hall

    Ethnicity in American Literature and Culture, 1870 - 2005734.764.0475 / zoid@umich.edu

  • Elliot Ginsburg

    Elliot Ginsburg

    Associate Professor 3016 Thayer Building

    Jewish Mysticism and Thought734.763.4670 / elgins@umich.edu

  • Zvi Gitelman 2012

    Zvi Gitelman

    Professor of Political Science & Preston R. Tisch
    Professor of Judaic Studies
    7753 Haven Hall

    Ethnicity and Politics, Russian and East European Jewry, Jewish Identities, Jewish politics and culture in Russia/Eastern Europe, Israeli politics, Jewish political thought and experience734.763.4393 / zvigitel@umich.edu

  • Karla Goldman

    Karla Goldman

    Director, Jewish Communal Leadership Program 3810 SSWB

    American-Jewish History and Community734.763.6583 / kargold@umich.edu

  • Caroline Helton

    Caroline Helton

    Associate Professor 229 Stearns

    Vocal Music by Jewish Composers734.615.3728 / chelton@umich.edu

  • Alexandra Hoffman

    Alexandra Hoffman

    Lecturer I 2018 Thayer Building

    734.647.3153 / aleksh@umich.edu

  • Mikhail Krutikov

    Mikhail Krutikov

    Professor 3008 MLB

    Yiddish, Jews in Eastern Europe734.647.2136 / krutikov@umich.edu

  • Marian Krzyowski

    Marian Krzyzowski

    Director of Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy 506 E. Libery St.

    20th Century Detroit History, Jewish-Polish Catholic relations in the U.S.734.998.6236 / mjsk@umich.edu

  • Julian Levinson

    Julian Levinson

    Samuel Shetzer Associate Professor of American Jewish Studies 5125 Angell Hall

    American Jewish Studies and Literature; Modern Yiddish Culture; the Bible as Literature734.764.2276 / jlevinso@umich.edu

  • Devi Mays

    Devi Mays

    Assistant Professor 2012 Thayer Building

    Reorienting Imperial Jews: Constantinople at the Crossroads of Jewish Identities734.615.6658 / devimays@umich.edu

  • Joshua Miller

    Joshua Miller

    Associate Professor 3187 Angell Hall

    20th Century Literature, Language studies734.764.5156 / joshualm@umich.edu

  • Regina Morantz-Sanchez

    Regina Morantz-Sanchez

    Professor 1029 Tisch Hall

    Jewish Intermarriage, Acculturation, and Politics in the American Progressive Period, Jewish women and American radicalism, American Jewish History734.763.2296 / reginann@umich.edu

  • Ellen Muehlenberger

    Ellen Muehlberger

    Associate Professor 4163 Thayer Building

    734.615.2960 / emuehlbe@umich.edu

  • Rachel Neis

    Rachel Neis

    Jean and Samuel Frankel Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature
    Executive Committee Member
    2506 Haven Hall

    Rabbinic Culture and Jewish Visuality, Ancient Jewish History, Law and Religion734.647.4616 / rneis@umich.edu

  • Anita Norich

    Anita Norich

    Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor
    Executive Committee Member
    3074 Tisch

    Yiddish Literature, Jewish Literature, Literature of the Holocaust734.764.6341 / norich@umich.edu

  • Benjamin Paloff

    Benjamin Paloff

    Assistant Professor 3040 MLB

    Philosophy in/of Literature, Holocaust Literature and the Ethics of Representation734.764.5375 / paloff@umich.edu

  • Shachar Pinsker

    Shachar Pinsker

    Associate Professor
    Executive Committee Member
    4155 Thayer Building

    Modern Hebrew Literature, Modern Jewish Literature, Israel Studies734.764.8103 / spinsker@umich.edu

  • Eileen Pollack

    Eileen Pollack

    Professor 3187 Angell Hall

    Jewish-American Fiction, Memoir and Literature734.764.6574 / epollack@umich.edu

  • Brian Schmidt

    Brian Schmidt

    Associate Professor 3167 Thayer Building

    Hebrew Bible734.647.0069 / bschmidt@umich.edu

  • David Schoem

    David Schoem

    Adjunct Associate Professor 3210 LSA Building

    U.S Jewish Community, Identity, Intergroup Relations, Jewish Education734.615.6847 / dschoem@umich.edu

  • Scott Spector

    Scott Spector

    Institute Fellow 2111 Thayer Building

     The "Secularization Question": Germans, Jews, and the Historical Understanding of Modernity734.763.9047 / spec@umich.edu

  • Ryan Szpiech

    Ryan Szpiech

    Associate Professor 4140 MLB

    The Literature of Medieval Iberia, Conversion and Religious Polemic734.647.2334 / szpiech@umich.edu

  • Jindrich Toman

    Jindrich Toman

    Professor 3040 MLB

    734.764.5355 / ptydepe@umich.edu

  • Ruth Tsoffar

    Ruth Tsoffar

    Associate Professor 2233 Lane Hall

    Gender, Ethnicity and Minorities in Literature in Judaism and Israeli Culture734.936.5766 / rtsoffar@umich.edu

  • Jeffrey Veidlinger

    Jeffrey Veidlinger

    Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies
    Director, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
    2127 Thayer Building

    Modern Jewish history, modern Russia and Eastern Europe, oral history, culture and ethnicity, Holocaust734.647.7862 / jveidlin@umich.edu

  • Rebecca Wollenberg

    Rebecca Wollenberg

    Assistant Professor
    Postdoctoral Scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows
    3080 Thayer Building

    734.647.3126 / rwollenb@umich.edu

  • Genevieve Zubrzycki

    Geneviève Zubrzycki

    Institute Fellow 2111 Thayer Building

    Resurrecting the Jew: Philosemitism, Pluralism and Secularism in Contemporary Poland734.763.9047 / genez@umich.edu