Jewish Studies

2013-14 General Catalog

Department of History
201 Humanities
(831) 459-2982

Program Description

Principal Faculty

Bettina Aptheker, Professor of Feminist Studies
Feminist oral history and memoir; feminist pedagogy; African-American feminist history; queer studies; feminist Jewish studies; feminist critical race studies

Murray Baumgarten, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Neufeld-Levin Co-Chair
Dickens, Victorian literature and culture, the Bible, translation, modern Jewish writing, the Holocaust 

Dorian Bell, Assistant Professor of Literature
Nineteenth- and 20th-century French literature and intellectual history; histories of empire and anti-Semitism; literature and science; film studies; digital humanities 

Margaret Brose, Emerita Professor of Literature

Mark Cioc, Professor of History
German history, modern European history; environmental history

Paula Daccarett, Lecturer in History
Jewish modernity, Mediterranean Jewish history, Latin American Jewish history, Jewish women's history, Levantine cultures/spaces

Nathaniel Deutsch, Professor of Literature and History
Hebrew Bible; rabbinic literature; Jewish mysticism; Hasidism; Eastern European Jewish life; ethnography

Barbara Epstein, Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness

Gildas Hamel, SOE Lecturer in History and Classical Languages
History of Judaism and Christianity; Hebrew and Greek Bible; classical languages

Johnathan Levitow, Lecturer in Yiddish
Yiddish language and literature

Peter Kenez, Professor Emeritus of History, Neufeld-Levin Co-Chair

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, Lecturer in Hebrew
Hebrew language and culture; biblical Hebrew syntax and semantics; the Hebrew Bible; Jewish thought; psycholinguistics; second language acquisition and bilingualism

Dan Selden, Professor of Literature
Research on Classical and Hellenistic Judaism and medieval Jewish mysticism

Bruce Thompson, Continuing Lecturer in History
European intellectual and cultural history, French history, Jewish intellectual and cultural history, British and Irish history, history of cinema, history of espionage, environmental history

Faculty Advisers

Murray Baumgarten, Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Nathaniel Deutsch, Professor of Literature and History

Bruce Thompson, Lecturer in History

Gildas Hamel, Security of Employment Lecturer in History

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, Lecturer in Hebrew

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Raoul Birnbaum, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture
Buddhist studies, especially Chinese practices from medieval times to the present; religion and visual culture in China

A. Hunter Bivens, Assistant Professor of Literature
Twentieth- and 21st-century German literature and film; Marxism and critical theory; psychoanalysis, lyric poetry; literary realism; the novel

Ryan Coonerty, Lecturer in Politics
American political history, law and international relations

Maria Evangelatou, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture
Medieval visual culture, with emphasis on Byzantium and its periphery; manuscript illumination, Marian cult and iconography; ancient Greek and Roman visual culture; Islamic visual culture; gender studies

Laurel Fox, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Terrestrial population and community ecology, plant-animal interactions

Robert Goff, Associate Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Margo Hendricks, Professor Emerita of Literature

Loisa Nygaard, Associate Professor of Literature
Eighteenth- and early 19th-century German literature; Goethe; Romantic fiction; landscape and landscape aesthetics; xenophobia in Germany

Paul Roth, Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy of social science, Quine, phiosophy of history, philosophy and sociology of science, epistemology, history of analytic philosophy

Avi Tchamni, Lecturer in Music
Composition, Jewish music, computer and electronic music, Middle Eastern music, theory, algorithmic music and generative musical syntax, orchestration, ethnomusicology

Revised: 09/01/13