Faculty Committee

Sarah Mead
Department Chair
Professor of the Practice of Music
781-736-2935 Slosberg Music Center, Room 229

Areas of Expertise: historical performance practice, 16th-century music theory, viola da gamba, lyra-viol, Renaissance ensembles, Baroque chamber music, choral conducting

Jonathan P. Decter
Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies
781-736-2960 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, Room 210

Areas of Expertise: Jews of the Islamic world, medieval Hebrew literature, medieval Jewish studies, Sephardic Studies, medieval Jewish thought.

Karen Desmond
Assistant Professor of Music

Areas of Expertise: Medieval music and theory and its intellectual contexts; the writings and music of Jehan des Murs, Philippe de Vitry, Jacobus de Montibus and Guillaume de Machaut; manuscripts, paleography, notation, and digital editions; digital musicology; Schubert’s songs; popular music

William Flesch
Professor of English
781-736-2142 Rabb Graduate Center, Room 139

Areas of Expertise: poetry, Renaissance, Romanticism, theory, literature and philosophy, film, behavioral economics, cognitive studies

William E. Kapelle
Associate Professor of History
781-736-2279 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, Room 120

Areas of Expertise: Roman and Medieval history

Charles McClendon
Sidney and Ellen Wien Professor in the History of Art
781-736-2663 Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 209

Areas of Expertise: the art and architecture of western Europe in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the early modern period

Michael Randall
Professor of French and Comparative Literature
781-736-3204 Shiffman Humanities Center, Room 109

Areas of Expertise: late Medieval and Renaissance poetry, prose, and philosophy; Italian and comparative literature; modern politics and literature; detective novels

Govind Sreenivasan
Associate Professor of History
781-736-2277 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, Room 117

Areas of Expertise: Early modern European history, especially Germany; world history

Ramie Targoff
Professor of English
781-736-2148 Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 107

Areas of Expertise: Renaissance English and Italian literature; Shakespeare; Religion and literature; Renaissance women's literature

Jonathan W. Unglaub
Associate Professor of Fine Arts
781-736-2665 Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 211

Areas of Expertise: Renaissance and Baroque art

Cheryl L. Walker
Associate Professor of Classical Studies
781-736-2190 Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 215

Areas of Expertise: Greek and Latin literature; Roman and Greek history

Other Faculty Teaching MERS Courses

Mary Baine Campbell
Professor Emerita of English
781-736-2146 Rabb Graduate Center, 263

Areas of Expertise: Medieval and early modern literature and culture; 20th-century poetry; poetry of women in English; travel writing; history of science; creative writing

Suleyman Dost
Assistant Professor of Classical Islam in the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies
Areas of Expertise:  Qur'anic Studies, Islamic Studies, Early Islamic History, Arabic epigraphy and paleography, philology.
Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and Director of the Arabic Language Program
781-736-2071 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, Room 206

Areas of Expertise: Islamic thought, particularly Islamic theology, law, and jurisprudence; Arabic language (Qur'anic, classical & modern); classical Arabic literature and poetry

ChaeRan Yoo Freeze
Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2987 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, Room 312

Areas of Expertise: Jewish history, women's and gender studies

Arthur Holmberg
Blanche, Barbara and Irving Laurie Professor of Theater Arts
781-736-3345 Spingold Theater Center, Room 6

Areas of Expertise: American drama and American studies; dramatic literature; theater history; performance theory; avant-garde theater; playwriting; dramaturgy; theater criticism; gender studies; men's studies; media studies; visual studies; comparative literature

Thomas King
Associate Professor of English
781-736-2149 Rabb Graduate Center 244

Areas of Expertise: Early modern English drama and social performance, 18th-century British studies, performance studies, queer studies, gender studies

Marya Lowry
Associate Professor of Theater Arts
781-736-3341 Spingold Theater Center, 14

Area of Expertise: acting, voice production

James Mandrell
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Film Studies
781-736-3215 Rabb Graduate Center, Room 130

Areas of Expertise: modern and contemporary Spanish and comparative literature, film, and culture; US film and popular culture.

Paola Servino
Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies
781-726-3226 Shiffman Humanities Center, 101

Areas of Expertise: Italian language, culture and literature instructor from beginning to upper level courses; Italian language course coordinator; language teaching methodology and assessment; ACTFL Italian tester; Italian film, Italian Jewish Culture, Immigration in Italy and Italian American representations

Eugene R. Sheppard
Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought
781-736-2965 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, Room 307

Areas of Expertise: Modern European Jewish intellectual history, history of Jewish nationalism and zionism, modern European intellectual history and the history of continental philosophy. A special interest in modern German Jewish thought, and the impact of European Jewish refugees on the American, European, and Israeli public sphere as well as the academy.