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Adam Shear (Associate Professor, Religious Studies): medieval and early modern Jewish history; history of the Jewish book; Zionism and Israel studies.

Undergraduate Advisor

*Benjamin Gordon (Assistant Professor and Perlow-Rosenberg Fellow, Religious Studies): classical Judaism.

Program Faculty

Jeff Aziz (Lecturer and Advisor, English): detective fiction, early modern England

Brock Bahler (Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies): Philosophy of Religion, Faith & Reason, Jewish Philosophy (e.g., Levinas, Maimonides)

Barbara Burstin (Lecturer, History): American Jewish history, Jews in Pittsburgh, US and the Holocaust.

*Laurie Cohen (Jewish Studies Bibliographer, Hillman Library): Judaica library resources, Yiddish literature.

Amy-Diana Colin (Associate Professor, German): Holocaust literature, Paul Celan, German-Jewish culture and literature.

*Haya Feig (Lecturer, Religious Studies): Hebrew language.

Lucy Fischer (Distinguished Professor, English/Film Studies): Jews and the American cinema.

Laura Gotkowitz (Associate Professor, History): Jews in Latin America

*Lina Insana (Associate Professor, French and Italian): Primo Levi, Holocaust literature, 20th-century Italy.

Hannah Johnson (Associate Professor, English): historiography of medieval Jewish-Christian relations.

*Rachel Kranson (Assistant Professor, Religious Studies): American Jewish history; modern and contemporary Judaism.

*Irina Livezeanu (Associate Professor, History): Jewish history in modern East-Central Europe.

Clark Muenzer (Associate Professor, German): post-Enlightenment German cultural history.

*Irina Reyn (Assistant Professor, English): creative writing, American Jewish literature.

Uma Satyavolu (Lecturer, English): detective fiction

*= Executive Committee, 2017-2018

Emeritus Affiliates

Seymour Drescher (University Professor Emeritus, History): modern Europe, antisemitism, history of slavery.

Bernard Goldstein (University Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies): history of science and mathematics, medieval Judaism.

Jonathan Harris (Professor Emeritus, Political Science) republics of the former Soviet Union.

Alexander Orbach (Associate Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies): modern Jewish history, Jews in Russia and the former Soviet Union, modern Israel.

Leonard Plotnicov (Professor Emeritus, Anthropology): ethnographic study of Jews in Pittsburgh.

Jerome L. Rosenberg (Professor emeritus of chemistry and biological sciences and dean emeritus).


Maureen Henderson, Administrative Officer

      2604 Cathedral of Learning, 412-624-5990

Briar Somerville, Academic Officer

       454 Cathedral of Learning, 412-624-6564

Heidi Castaneda, Events Coordinator

      401 Cathedral of Learning, 412-624-7232 

Fredrika Odelstierna, PR/Marketing Coordinator

      602 Cathedral of Learning, 412-624-8519

Leah Gogniat, Financial Administrator

     2632 Cathedral of Learning, 412-624-5564

Nicky Acierno, Payroll Administrator                                                           917 Cathedral of Learning, 412-624-9480

Past Directors of the Program

Bernard Goldstein, 1973-1991.
Jerome L. Rosenberg, 1991-1999.
Alexander Orbach, 1999-2010.

Recent Visitors

Luke Peterson, Visiting Professor of International Affairs, UCIS, 2014-2016.

Noam Shoval (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Visiting Professor, University Center for Social and Urban Research, 2014-2015.

Our faculty members come from several departments across the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Our staff is part of a team who work to support activities in the Department of Religious Studies, the Humanities Center, and 5 interdisciplinary Humanities /Social Science programs. In addition to Jewish Studies, our administrators also work with Cultural Studies, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, Film Studies, and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. With faculty also active in these departments and programs, our staff and faculty are part of a close-knit and highly interdisciplinary cluster of intellectual activity on the 4th, 6th, and 26th floors of the Cathedral of Learning, and also stretching across Schenley Plaza to Hillman Library and Posvar Hall.