People

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. (beginning fall 2018)

(For advising questions in the summer of 2018, please contact Adam Shear, outgoing director)

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.

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

*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.

*= 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).

Staff

Maureen Henderson
Administrative Officer
2604 Cathedral of Learning
412-624-5990

Briar Somerville
Academic Officer
454 Cathedral of Learning
412-624-6564

Trevor Hardwick
Program and Event Coordinator, Jewish Studies, CAAPP, and Film and Media Studies
2612 Cathedral of Learning
412-648-4315
 

Heidi Castaneda
Program and Event Coordinator, Religious Studies, GSWS, and Cultural Studies
401 Cathedral of Learning
412-624-7232

Fredrika Odelstierna
Program and Event Coordinator, Humanities Center and Medieval & Renaissance Studies
602 Cathedral of Learning
412-624-8519

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.