Jewish Studies Center

Associated Faculty

Faculty affiliated with Jewish Studies come from a range of disciplines, including Anthropology, English, Fine and Performing Arts, History, Journalism, Modern Languages, and Sociology. The conversations initiated across these fields and between faculty, students of all backgrounds, and community members, bring to bear new perspectives on traditional areas of study and reflection.

Jessica Lang, Director, Jewish Studies Center

Associate Professor of English specializing in early American fiction, Jewish American literature, women's fiction and composition

Ruth Adler, Modern Languages

Professor (PhD, NYU) Hebrew and Comp. Lit. Hebrew Literature; Jewish-American & Yiddish Literature; Sociopsychological Approaches to Literature; Pedagogy

Esther Allen, Modern Languages

Assistant Professor (PhD, NYU) Literary Translation, Translation Studies, Ecolinguistics, 19th & 20th-century Latin American Literature, 19th & 20th-century French Literature

Roslyn Bernstein, Journalism

Urban reporting, arts, culture, feature writing. Director Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program

Debra Caplan, Theater

Assistant Professor of Theatre specializing in world theater, Yiddish theater and drama, theatrical travel and Jewish performance culture

Vincent DiGirolamo, History

Assistant Professor
19th, 20th century history, focus on immigration, labor, New York City, childhood

Kenneth J. Guest, Anthropology

Columbia University (BA, East Asian Studies); Union Theological Seminary (MA, Religious Studies); and The City University of New York Graduate Center (MA, MPhil., PhD, Anthropology).



Gail Levin, Fine and Perfroming Arts                                                  

PhD, Rutgers University, Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of CUNY; art historian specializing in art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Meir Lubetski, Modern Languages

Professor (PhD, NYU): Hebrew & Comp. Lit. Ancient Near East Languages & Literature; The Bible World; Past Biblical & Rabbinic Literature

Gilad Harel, Assistant Director, Jewish Studies Center

PhD, Brandeis University, Professor of Musicology. Specializes in baroque music, liturigcal vocal works, as well as popular music of the State of Israel.

Katherine Pence, History

Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department
German & Women’s History
Michael E. Staub, English

Scholarly interests include modern and contemporary literature, American cultural and intellectual history, documentary and nonfiction writing, American ethnic and minority literature, and Jewish and Holocaust studies

Andrew Sloin, History

Specializes in Russian, East European, Soviet, and Jewish history.

Elizabeth Wollman, Assistant Professor of Music

PhD, CUNY. Interests include Music History, Ethnomusicology, Popular Music Elizabeth Wollman, Fine and Performing Arts





















































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