People

Director and Certificate Advisor

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

Program Faculty

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

Brock Bahler (Lecturer, 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.

Vivian Curran (Distinguished Professor, Law)

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

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

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

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

Diego Holstein (Professor, History) 

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.

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

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

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

*= Executive Committee, 2019-2020

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.