Jewish Studies

2017-18 General Catalog

Department of History
201 Humanities
(831) 459-2982

Program Statement | Course Descriptions

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, Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature

Dorian Bell, Associate 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

Nathaniel Deutsch, Professor of History, Neufeld-Levin Chair
Modern Jewish history; Eastern European Jewish culture; ethnography, Hasidism; history of religions

Barbara Epstein, Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness

Gildas Hamel, Lecturer Emeritus in History and Classical Languages

Alma Heckman, Assistant Professor of History
Jewish History in North Africa and the Middle East; minorities in empire and colonialism; nationalism and radicalism; transnational Jewish political activism; syncretism; labor history

Peter Kenez, Professor Emeritus of History

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, Lecturer Emerita in Hebrew

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

Nathaniel Deutsch, Professor of History

Alma Heckman, Assistant Professor of History

Bruce Thompson, Continuing Lecturer in History

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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, Associate 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

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, philosophy 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: 09/01/17