Founding Director and Undergraduate Advisor
Watt J. and Lilly G. Jackson Chair in Biblical Studies
Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. Henze's academic interests are broad, though the focus of his published work has been on the Jewish literature from around the turn of the Common Era, with an emphasis on early Jewish apocalyptic literature. His most recent monograph, Jewish Apocalypticism in Late First Century Israel, is the first of two interrelated volumes he is writing on the Syriac Apocalypse of Barcuh, an early Jewish apocalypse. The second volume will be a critical commentary on the same text, to appear in the Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature (CEJL) series.
Anna Smith Fine Senior Lecturer of Jewish Studies
Dr. Lander researches the ancient Mediterranean, with particular focus on material culture and specialization in sacred spaces, martyrdom, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her most recent publication is a commentary on 1 Corinthians for Oxford's Jewish Annotated New Testament. Her current book project, entitled Spatial Relations: Contesting Space and the Construction of Religious Identity in Late Roman North Africa, explores the role of sacred space in creating ancient notions of religious affiliation and exclusive community boundaries. She is also interested in contemporary American religious cultures.
Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Professor of History
Dr. Sanders' areas of interest include women in the Islamic world, classical Islamic culture, and The Crusades.
Associate Professor of English
Professor Lurie is the author of Unsettled Subjects: Restoring Feminist Politics to Poststructuralist Critique. She has published articles on U.S. literature and culture, feminist theory, film theory, photography, and the dynamics between culture and politics. Her current book project, 9/11 Cultures and Political Knowledge, explores the roles of literature, culture, law, and political theory in formulating relations between (inter)national security and political community in the wake of 9/11.
Maya Soifer Irish
Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Irish's areas of interest include Medieval Europe, Medieval Iberia, Kingdom of Castile in the High to Late Middle Ages, and Jewish-Christian relations. She works on the history of interfaith relations in medieval Spain and the Mediterranean. Her book Jews, Christians, and Royal Power in Medieval Castile, is the first half of a two-book project that will examine the evolution of Jewish-Christian relations in the kingdom of Castile during the High Middle Ages. Her next project will build on the themes of the first book and examine the explosion of Christian hostility toward the Jews in late fourteenth-century Spain.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. Ogren is a specialist in early modern Jewish thought, with an emphasis on philosophy and kabbalah during the Italian Renaissance. His first monograph treats notions of reincarnation in Italian Renaissance Jewish thought. He is currently working on a book length project concerning ideas of cosmic cycles in early modern mystical texts. He has also contributed to a forthcoming compilation of Italian Renaissance kabbalistic texts, which will be published by the I Tatti Renaissance Library of Harvard University Press. Dr. Ogren’s work continually examines issues of center and periphery, as well as continuity and change, in regard to the Jewish philosophical and mystical traditions.
Professor of German Studies
Dr. Weissenberger's areas of interest include 19th and 20th century German and Austrian literature, poetry from Goethe to the present, non-fictional prose from antiquity to the present, and exile literature. At present, Dr. Weissenberger is investigating the function of non-fictional prose genres in exile literature, which forced the authors to reevaluate their raison d'etre and express their existential challenge in a specific aesthetic.
David and Caroline Minter Endowed Chair in the Humanities
Professor of Art History
Dr. Wolfthal is a specialist in late medieval and early modern European art.
Professor of History and Classical Studies
G. Daniel Cohen
Associate Professor of History
Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies
Lecturer in Modern Hebrew