Core Faculty

Assistant Professor
Smith Hall, Room 105

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

Associate Professor, 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

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

Emeriti Faculty

Professor Emeritus, American Studies

Upcoming Program Events

The College Monthly Faculty/Staff Newsletter, Dec. 2017: In Jewish studies, a major symposium came together thanks to the efforts of program assistant Carla Aspenberg. She organized the “Jews in the Midwest” conference featuring four speakers from outside campus, as well as KU. She has also assisted the transition of a new director of undergraduate studies and managed other duties amid staff changes. And following the conference in November, she quickly switched gears to organizing a new, unexpected faculty hire in the department. Director John Younger said that without Carla, “Jewish studies would be dead in the water.”

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