Department Faculty

Tzvi Abusch
Tzvi Abusch
Rose B. and Joseph Cohen Professor of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Religion
On leave spring 2018
781-736-2969 Lown Center for Judaica Studies 313

Expertise: Languages and cultures of ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Near Eastern religions, magic, literature and thought, Hebrew Bible

Guy Antebi
Guy Antebi
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew
On leave spring 2018
781-736-2952 A. Shapiro Academic Center 312

Expertise: Hebrew language, educational technology

Bernadette Brooten
Bernadette Brooten
Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies
781-736-2978 Mandel Center for the Humanities 113
Office Hours: Tues., Thurs. 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Expertise: Early Christian literature and history, women and religion, history of sexuality and history of slavery, Christian studies, New Testament, Post-Biblical Judaism, Feminist Sexual Ethics

Aliza Brosh
Aliza Brosh
Lecturer in Hebrew
781-736-2956 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 316
Office Hours: Tues. 12-1 p.m., Wed., 2-3 p.m.

Expertise: Hebrew language

Jonathan Decter
Jonathan Decter
Department Chair
Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies
781-736-2960 Lown 210
Office Hours: Wed. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Expertise: Jews of the Islamic world, medieval Hebrew literature, medieval Jewish studies, Separdic studies, medieval Jewish thought

Suleyman Dost
Suleyman Dost
Assistant Professor of Classical Islam
781-736-2971 Lown 209
Office Hours: Thurs. 1-3 p.m.

Expertise: Qur'anic studies, Islamic studies, early Islamic history, Arabic epigraphy and paleography, philology

Rabbi David Ellenson
Rabbi David Ellenson
Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
781-736-2764 Mandel Center for the Humanities 307

Expertise: Development of Orthodox Judaism in Germany during the 19th century, Orthodox legal writings on conversion in Israel, North America, and Europe; history of modern Jewish religious movements, relationship between religion and state in Israel, American Jewish life

Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Director of the Arabic Language Program
781-736-2071 Lown 206
Office Hours: Tues. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Sharon Feiman-Nemser
Sharon Feiman-Nemser
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Professor of Jewish Education
781-736-2946 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 111

Expertise: Jewish education, curriculum and pedagogy in teacher education, learning to teach, mentoring and new teacher induction, professional development of teachers

Sylvia Fishman
Sylvia Fishman
Joseph and Esther Foster Professor in Judaic Studies
781-736-2065 Lown 308
Office Hours: Tues. 12:30-2 p.m.

Expertise: Contemporary Jewry, American Jewish sociology, Jewish literature, film and popular culture; changing construction of Jews gender roles and Jewish families

ChaeRan Freeze
ChaeRan Freeze
Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2987 Lown 312
Office Hours: Tues. 2-3 p.m., Fri. 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Expertise: Russian-Jewish historian with research interests in gender, family, sexuality, radical movements, and everyday life

Sara Hascal
Sara Hascal
Interim Director, Hebrew Language Program
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew
781-736-2955 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 320
Office Hours: Mon. 12-1 p.m.; Tues. 3-5 p.m.; Wed. 1-2 p.m.

Expertise: Hebrew language

Laura Jockusch
Laura Jockusch
Albert Abramson Assistant Professor of Holocaust Studies
781-736-2959 Lown 310
Office Hours: Wed., Thurs. 12-1 p.m.

Expertise: Modern Jewish history, Holocaust studies

Ellie Kellman
Study Abroad Advisor
Assistant Professor of Yiddish
781-736-2129 Lown 300b
Office Hours: Mon., Wed. 2-3 p.m.

Expertise: Yiddish language and literature, East European Jewish cultural history

Hanan El-Sayed Khashaba
Hanan El-Sayed Khashaba
Lecturer in Arabic
781-736-2973 Lown 207
Office Hours: Mon. 12-1 p.m.; Wed. 9-10 a.m.

Expertise: Arabic language

Reuven Kimelman
Reuven Kimelman
Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
781-736-2963 Lown 208
Office Hours: Tues. 12:30-2 p.m., Fri. 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Expertise: Classic Rabbinic literature, Talmud, Midrash, liturgy, ethics and Jewish political tradition

Jonathan Krasner
Jonathan Krasner
Undergraduate Advising Head
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Education Research
781-736-2372 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 123
Office Hours: Fri. 12-2 p.m.

Expertise: History of American Jewish education, teaching and learning of Jewish history and social studies, Jewish youth, and LGBT Jews

Jon Levisohn
Jon Levisohn
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Educational Thought
781-736-2941 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 125
Office Hours: Wed. 2-4 p.m.

Expertise: Philosophy of education, with particular interest in purposes, processes, and outcomes of Jewish education in all of its various settings, scholarship of teaching classical Jewish texts

Yehudah Mirsky
Yehudah Mirsky
Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
781-736-3977 Mandel Center for the Humanities 318
Office Hours: Wed. 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Expertise: Jewish thought, Jewish law and ethics, Israeli religion and culture and Zionist intellectual history, political thought and human rights

Sharon Pucker-Rivo
Sharon Pucker-Rivo
Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Film
781-736-8658 Lown 102
Office Hours: Wed. 1-4 p.m.

Expertise: Jewish and Holocaust film, archivist and producer

Jehuda Reinharz
Jehuda Reinharz
President Emeritus and Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History
Director, Tauber Institute
781-736-8581 Lown 304

Expertise: Modern Jewish history

Jonathan Sarna
Jonathan Sarna
University Professor Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History
781-736-2977 Lown 213b
Office Hours: Thurs. 4-5 p.m.

Expertise: American Jewish history, religion and life

Eugene Sheppard
Eugene Sheppard
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought
781-736-2965 Lown 307
Office Hours: Mon. 10-11 a.m., Wed. 3:30-4 p.m.

Expertise: Modern Jewish history and thought

Esther Shorr
Esther Shorr
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew
781-736-2975 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 314
Office Hours: Mon., Wed. 2-3 p.m.

Expertise: Hebrew language

Ellen Smith
Ellen Smith
Associate Professor of the Practice in the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership
Not teaching spring 2018
781-736-2998 Lown 204

Expertise: Jewish leadership, Jewish visual and material culture, museum studies

Ilana Szobel
Ilana Szobel
Associate Professor on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature
781-736-5230 Mandel Center for the Humanities 313
Office Hours: Mon., Wed. 12-1 p.m.

Expertise: Israeli society and culture in modern Hebrew literature as it relates to feminism, war and peace, the Holocaust, family structure, economic and cultural dislocation

Jacqueline Vayntrub
Jacqueline Vayntrub
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East
781-736-2968 Lown 311
Office Hours: Tues. 4-5 p.m., Thurs. 12-2 p.m.

Expertise: Hebrew Bible, wisdom literature, biblical poetry and poetics, philology, and the history of biblical scholarship

David Wright
David Wright
Professor of Bible and the Ancient Near East
781-736-2957 Lown 309
Office Hours: Tues. 12-1 p.m., Fri. 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Expertise: Hebrew Bible, biblical and Near Eastern ritual, law and history, Northwest Semitic languages and linguistics

Emeritus Faculty

Avigdor Levy
Professor Emeritus

Expertise: Ottoman and modern Middle Eastern history, history of Jewish people in Muslim countries

Antony Polonsky
Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies

Expertise:  Polish-Jewish history, Holocaust studies, East European Jewish history

Benjamin Ravid
Professor Emeritus

Expertise: Medieval and early modern Jewish history, Jews of Venice, institution of the ghetto

Ilan Troen
Professor Emeritus of Israel Studies

Expertise: American, Jewish, and Israeli history