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.
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.
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.