Center Advisory Committee


Joyce Antler, Ph.D is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies. She currently serves as the chair of the American Studies Program at Brandeis. Antler is the author or editor of 10 books, including The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America and most recently You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother. She is a founder of the Brandeis Women's and Gender Studies program and the Graduate Consortium of Women Studies at M.I.T., and has served as the chair of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.

William Flesch, Ph.D is professor of English at Brandeis. His research interests include Film, Renaissance, Theory, Philosophy, Contemporary Poetry, 20th-Century Comparative Literature, Henry James and Freudian Psychoanalysis. Recent publications include The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry: 19th Century (Facts on File, 2009) and Comeuppance (Harvard University Press, 2008).

Jonathan Sarna, Ph.D is  the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Dubbed by the Forward newspaper in 2004 as one of America’s fifty most influential American Jews, he was Chief Historian for the 350th commemoration of the American Jewish community, and is recognized as a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life. Dr. Sarna has written, edited, or co-edited more than twenty books, including the new A Time to Every Purpose: Letters to a Young Jew.  He is best known for the acclaimed American Judaism: A History. Winner of the Jewish Book Council’s “Jewish Book of the Year Award” in 2004, it has been praised as being “the single best description of American Judaism during its 350 years on American soil.”

Ramie Targoff, Ph.D is Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities and professor of English. She studies Renaissance English literature, with an emphasis on the relationship between poetry and religion. She has written books on common prayer and its relationship to the Renaissance devotional lyric, and on the poetry and prose of the 17th-century author, John Donne. Her new work is a study of erotic verse in the Italian and English Renaissance, entitled Posthumous Love.

Jonathan Unglaub, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis University. He has taught previously at Columbia and Washington University in St. Louis. At Brandies since 2001, Unglaub teaches courses on the Art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods throughout Europe, with an emphasis on Italy. Numerous fellowships and grants, including the Fulbright, Mellon (at the Metropolitan Museum), Getty, and Clark, have supported his scholarship. His research has focused on the art and literary culture of Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), the founder of French Classicism who worked in Rome. This has resulted in his recent book, Poussin and the Poetics of Painting: Pictorial Narrative and the Legacy of Tasso (Cambridge University Press, 2006).