Faculty and Staff


Leadership and Staff

Victor Vitkin, Executive Director, Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry

Daniel Terris, Director, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

Yana Drozdovski, Program Manager

Masha Sherman, Program Administrator

Faculty Advisory Committee

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) is comprised of faculty members whose areas of expertise and interest contribute to the overall vision and mission of the institute.

Irina Dubinina, Director of the Russian Language Program and Lecturer in Russian in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature

Sylvia Fishman,  Professor of Contemporary Jewry and American Jewish Sociology in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Sylvia Fuks Fried, Director of Publications, Schusterman Center. ExecutiveDirector, Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and Associate Editor of the Tauber Series with Brandeis University Press/UPNE.

Edward Kaplan, Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Religious Studies and Romance Studies

Janna Kaplan, Lecturer in Psychology and Senior Research Associate at the Graybiel Lab

Dmitry Kleinbock, Professor and Graduate Advising Head, Department of Mathematics

Antony Polonsky, Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Departments of History and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Jonathan Sarna, Chairman of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program and Professor of American Jewish History

Sabine von Mering, Associate Professor of German and Women's and Gender Studies; Director of the Center for German and European Studies