Staff and Steering Committee

The Mandel Center for the Humanities is the administrative home for several key interdisciplinary degree programs at Brandeis. Through the participation of these programs, as well as the participation of other affiliated departments, students and faculty from all parts of campus become more informed, engaged and humane citizens of the world.


Ramie Targoff
Ramie Targoff
Jehuda Reinharz Director, Mandel Center for the Humanities
Professor of English, Co-Chair Italian Studies
781-736-2148 Mandel Center for the Humanities, 107

Professor Targoff, the founding director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities, teaches and studies English and Italian Renaissance literature. She is the author of "Common Prayer: The Language of Public Devotion" (Chicago, 2001); "John Donne, Body and Soul" (Chicago, 2008); "Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England" (Chicago, 2014), and "Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna" (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2018). Her new work focuses on English women writers in the age of Shakespeare.

Mangok Bol
Mangok Bol, MS’13
Program Administrator
781-736-5900 Mandel Center for the Humanities, 129
Diana Filar
Diana Filar
Program Assistant
Rabb Graduate Center, 324

Diana is a doctoral student in the English Department at Brandeis University who has served at Program Assistant to the Mandel Center for three years. Her research focuses on the contemporary US-immigrant novel, and her dissertation analyzes the use of names and naming conventions across Slavic-, Latinx-, and African immigrant fictions. She has been published in Postmodern Culture and has presented multiple papers at the national meetings of MELUS and ACLA. She received her master’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

Steering Committee