Judaic Studies faculty listing


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Professor Deborah Dash Moore (History), Director

Academics and Requirements


Ruth Behar (Anthropology) (Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology), Cultural Anthropology, Cuban Jews, Sephardic Jews

Sara Blair (English Language and Literature), Modernism and Modernity, American Urban Social Contexts and Visual Culture

Gabriele Boccaccini (Near Eastern Studies), Second Temple Judaism, and Christian Origins

David Caron (Romance Languages), French, 20th- and 21st-Century Literature and Culture, Queer Studies, AIDS, Holocaust and Jewish Studies

Deborah Dash Moore (History/Judaic Studies) (Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History), American Jewish History

Jonathan Freedman (English Language and Literature) (Marvin Felheim Collegiate Professor of English, American Studies, and Judaic Studies), Ethnicity in American Literature and Culture, 1870-2005

Zvi Y. Gitelman (Political Science) (Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies), Ethnicity and Politics, Russian and East European Jewry, Jewish Identities

Karla Goldman (Social Work) (Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work), American Judaism and American Jewish Community and Leadership

Mikhail Krutikov (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Yiddish, Jews in Eastern Europe

Anita Norich (English Language and Literature/Judaic Studies) (Tikva Frymer-Kensky Professor of English and Judaic Studies), Yiddish Literature, Jewish Literature, Literature of the Holocaust

Regina Morantz-Sanchez (History) (Richard Hudson Research Professor of History), Jewish Intermarriage, Acculturation, and Politics in the American Progressive Period

Paul Schoenfield (School of Music, Theatre & Dance), Music Composition, Jewish American 20th-21st Century Composers

Scott Spector (Germanic Languages and Literatures and History), Modern German-Jewish Culture and History

Mark Tessler (Political Science) (Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science), Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations

Jindrich Toman (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Czech and East European Modernism, Slavic Linguistics, History of Linguistics, Modern Czech Literature

Jeffrey Veidlinger (Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies), Modern Jewish history, modern Russia and Eastern Europe, oral history, culture and ethnicity, Holocaust


Associate Professors

Carol Bardenstein (Near Eastern Studies), Arabic and Comparative Literature, Culture

Yaron Eliav (Near Eastern Studies), Jewish History in Late Antiquity, Rabbinic literature

Elliot Ginsburg (Near Eastern Studies/Judaic Studies), Jewish Mysticism and Jewish Thought

Karla Goldman (Social Work) (Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work), American Judaism and American Jewish community and leadership

Julian Levinson (English Language and Literature/Judaic Studies) (Samuel Shetzer Endowed Professor of Jewish-American Studies), Jewish American Literature, Intersections of Jewish American Culture, Secularism and Religion in Jewish American Culture

Joshua Miller (English Language and Literature), Modernism 20th Century U.S. Literature, and Language Politics

Rachel Neis (History) (Jean and Samuel Frankel Professor of Rabbinic Literature), Late Antique Judaism, Rabbinics, Hekhalot, Visuality

Shachar Pinsker (Near Eastern Studies), Modern Hebrew Literature

Eileen Pollack (English), Jewish American Literature, Sociology and Literature of Jewish Catskills

Brian Schmidt (Near Eastern Studies), Early Israelite and Canaanite Religions and Cultures, Hebrew Bible

Ryan Szpiech (Romance Languages), Literatures of Medieval Iberia, Conversion and Religious Polemic

Ruth Tsoffar (Near Eastern Studies), Ethnicities, Sexualities and Gender, and Minorities in Judaism, and Israeli Culture

Assistant Professors

Maya Barzilai (Near Eastern Studies), Modern Hebrew Literature, German-Jewish Literature and Culture, Photography and Film Studies

Caroline Helton (School of Music, Theatre & Dance), Music of the Holocaust

Madeline Kochen (Law), Jewish Law and Rabbinic Literature

Jessica Marglin, history of Jewish-Muslim relations in North Africa during the early-modern and modern periods

Benjamin Paloff (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Comparative Approaches to Polish, Russian, and Czech Literatures, Philosophy in Literature, Poetics, and Translation in Theory and Practice


Milka Eliav (Near Eastern Studies), Hebrew Language

Doron Lamm (Near Eastern Studies), Information Technology in Foreign Language Instruction, Hebrew Language

MacDonald Moore (American Culture), Media, American Jewish Culture

Ilan Rosenberg (Near Eastern Studies), Hebrew Language

Vera Szabo (Judaic Studies), Yiddish Languages, Literature, Folklore

Pauli Weizman (Near Eastern Studies), Hebrew Language

Adjunct Associate Professor

David Schoem (Sociology), U.S. Jewish Community, Identity, Intergroup Relations

Professors Emeriti

Edna Amir Coffin (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor), (Near Eastern Studies)

Todd M. Endelman (History/Judaic Studies) (William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History), Modern Jewish History

Charles Krahmalkov (Near Eastern Studies)

Gene Schramm (Near Eastern Studies)


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