Director and Certificate Advisor

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

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).

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

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

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

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.

Diego Holstein (Professor, History): Medieval Iberia, medieval Europe, world history, historiography.

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.

*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.

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

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.