Director and Certificate Advisor

*Rachel Kranson (Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Religious Studies): American Jewish history, modern and contemporary Judaism, religion in America, gender and sexuality studies, Holocaust.

Program Faculty

Christopher Drew Armstrong (Associate Professor and Director of Architectural Studies, History of Art and Architecture): Architecture and modernization.

Jeff Aziz (Senior Lecturer and Advisor, English): Detective fiction, early modern England.

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

Aidan Beatty (Scholar Mentor): Areas of Research: Antisemitism & Sexuality; Irish Nationalism & Zionism

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

Frayda Cohen (Director of Undergraduate Studies, Senior Lecturer, and Undergraduate Advisor for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program): Children, gender, adoption, reproduction and population policy, transnationalism, and food studies.

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

Vivian Curran (Distinguished Professor, Law): Comparative Law, transnational law, international human rights, estates and trusts, law and language.

Haya Feig (Lecturer II, Religious Studies): Modern and Biblical Hebrew language, Israeli culture.

Shirin Fozi (Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture): Medieval European Art and Architecture.

*Benjamin Gordon (Assistant Professor and Perlow-Rosenberg Fellow, Religious Studies): Ancient Near East, early Judaism, Syro-Palestinian archaeology in the classical periods, history of Jerusalem, Second Temple Priesthood.

Laura Gotkowitz (Associate Professor, History): Jews in Latin America, modern Latin America, the Andes, colonial Latin America, political violence and human rights in Latin America.

Keila Grinberg (Professor, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies): Areas of Interest: Slavery & Abolitionism in Brazil; Jews in Brazil.

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

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

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

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

Jan Musekamp (Associate Professor, History): Nationalism, Comparative European History, Introductory Seminar, Germany in the Cold War.

Irina Reyn (Associate Professor, English): Creative writing, American Jewish literature.

Uma Satyavolu (Lecturer II, English): Detective fiction.

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

Oscar Swan (Professor and Advisor, Slavic): Polish and Russian linguistics, Polish cinema and culture.

*= Executive Committee, 2020-2021


Program Affiliates

Eve Wider (Jewish Studies Liaison Librarian, Director, Millstein Library and Coordinator, Regional ULS Libraries): Jewish studies, library developmment.


Emeritus Affiliates

Laurie Cohen (Liaison Librarian Emerita, Hillman Library): Judaica library resources, Yiddish literature.

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

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

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).

Past Directors of the Program

  • Bernard Goldstein, 1973-1991
  • Jerome L. Rosenberg, 1991-1999
  • Alexander Orbach, 1999-2010
  • Adam Shear, 2010-2018

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.