Core Faculty

Assistant Professor
Smith Hall, Room 105

Modern Jewish thought, History of Zionism and the State of Israel, Jewish/Christian relations

Associate Professor, Acting Director, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2140

Representation of Jewish life in Russian and East European literature and film (late 19th century to the present), the cultural dialogue and collaboration between Jews and their Slavic neighbors

Robert M. Beren Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Studies
Fraser Hall, Room 740

Intersection of religion, race, ethnicity, and women and gender studies

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 3068

20th-century African-American and Jewish-American literature, cultural studies and American Studies

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2077

Modern German-Jewish thought; twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and visual culture; the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory; Hegel

Associate Professor
Smith Hall, Room 205

Ancient Mediterranean religions, languages, and archaeology; Greek and Coptic papyrology

Associate Professor, Associate Director, Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2127

Yiddish and Slavic morphosyntax and pragmatics, general and Jewish folklore, Jewish culture

Lecturer, Hebrew Program Coordinator
4030 Wescoe Hall


Lecturer, Jewish Studies

Jewish history, theology, philosophy, film

Lecturer, Jewish Studies

Modern Jewish history, medieval and early modern European Jewry, East European Jewry, interwar Polish Jewry, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, the history of Jewish women

Eric Welch
Visiting Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4031

Near Eastern archaeology, Hebrew Bible, ancient economy, state formation, historical geography, Semitic languages

Professor of Classics, Director of Jewish Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 1032

Art and archaeology of pre-classical and classical Greece, classical sculpture and architecture, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, early synagogues in the Galilee


Associate Professor
Smith Hall, Room 104

Hebrew Bible, the ancient Near Eastern world, early Judaism (especially the Dead Sea Scrolls), early Christianity, historical relations between Christianity and Judaism

Upcoming Program Events
Kudos to our faculty!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies, writes fantasy fiction and poetry under the name Rose Lemberg. Her book Marginalia to Stone Bird is the first book of poetry to be shortlisted for a Crawford Award, and is also up for an Elgin Award. Marginalia has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Strange Horizons. Available at Aqueduct Press and Amazon.

Kudos to our students!

March 16, 2017: JS students Mackenzie Haun, Sarah Herman and Ariel Silverman were elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

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