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.

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.

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

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, 2017-2018

Emeritus Affiliates

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).


Maureen Henderson
Administrative Officer
2604 Cathedral of Learning

Briar Somerville
Academic Officer
454 Cathedral of Learning

Trevor Hardwick
Program and Event Coordinator, Jewish Studies, CAAPP, and Film and Media Studies
2612 Cathedral of Learning

Fredrika Odelstierna
Program and Event Coordinator, Humanities Center and Medieval & Renaissance Studies
602 Cathedral of Learning

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.