Jewish Studies Program Affiliated Faculty

Pamela Nadell: Program Director, Patrick Clarendon Chair in Women’s and Gender History, and Chair of the Department  of History

  • Teaches a wide variety of courses in Jewish history, including Ancient and Medieval Jewish Civilization, Modern Jewish Civilization, American Jewish History, American Jewish Women’s History, Holocaust, and History of Israel
  • Author of Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination and Conservative Judaism in America and co-editor of New Essays in American Jewish History

Boaz Atzili: Professor of International Politics

  • Teaches Arab-Israeli Relations
  • Author of Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict

Michael Brenner: Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, Professor of Jewish History and Culture, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

  • Author of: A Short History of the Jews; Prophets of the Past: Interpreters of Jewish History; Zionism: A Brief History; The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany, and After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany

Max Paul Friedman: Professor of History

  • Teaches U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Author of Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign Against the Germans in Latin American in World War II

Gershon Greenberg: Professor of Philosophy and Religion

  • Specializes in modern Jewish philosophy, America and the Holy Land, and religious and philosophical meanings of the Holocaust
  • Author of The Holy Land in American Religious Thought. 1620-1948

Caleen Jennings: Professor, Department of Performing Arts

  • Author of Cream Soda and Crème de Menthe, a play about African-American/Jewish relations

Alan Kraut: Professor of History

  • Specializes in U.S. immigration and ethnic history, the history of medicine in the United States, and the American Civil War
  • Author of Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the “Immigrant Menace,” Goldberger’s War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader, and co-author of American Refugee Policy and European Jewry, 1933-1945 with Richard Breitman

Lisa Leff: Professor of History

  • Specializes in the study of Jews in France
  • Author of Sacred Bonds of Solidarity: The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in Nineteenth-Century France and The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust

Allan Lichtman: Distinguished Professor

  • Co-author of FDR and the Jews with Richard Breitman

Eric Lohr: Professor of History

  • Susan Carmel Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture
  • Author of Nationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign against Enemy Aliens during World War I


Emeriti Faculty

Richard Breitman: Distinguished Emeritus Professor of History

  • Teaches courses on modern Germany, the Holocaust, and twentieth-century European political and intelligence history
  • Author of Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew and U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis, co-author of FDR and the Jews with Allan Lichtman, and editor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Gail Humphries Mardirosian: Professor Emerita, Department of Performing Arts

  • Teaches about the Holocaust through the performing arts

Myra Sklarew: Professor Emerita, Department of Literature

  • Author of Lithuania: New & Selected Poems and Holocaust and the Construction of Memory

Russell Stone: Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology

  • Has published on social change in Israel and the Middle East and is a co-editor of the series Critical Essays on Israeli Issues and Scholarship


Adjunct Faculty

Sara Grayson:

  • Teaches Hebrew language

Rivka Degani Peltier:

  • Teaches Hebrew language

Lauren Strauss:

  • Specializes in American Jewish History and Modern Jewish literature and cultural history
  • Co-editor of Mediating Modernity: Challenges and Trends in the Jewish Encounter with the Modern World with Michael Brenner