Department Faculty

Guy Antebi
Guy Antebi
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew
781-736-2952 A. Shapiro Academic Center 312
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

Expertise: Hebrew language, educational technology

Darlene Brooks Hedstrom
Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Associate Professor of Christian Studies
Jonathan Decter
Jonathan Decter
Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies
781-736-2960 Lown 210
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

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

Suleyman Dost
Suleyman Dost
Undergraduate Advising Head, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Assistant Professor of Classical Islam
781-736-2971 Lown 209
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

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

Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Director of the Arabic Language Program
781-736-2071 Lown 206
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

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

ChaeRan Freeze
ChaeRan Freeze
Frances and Max Elkon Chair in Modern Jewish History
781-736-2987 Lown 312
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

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
Associate Professor of the Practice of Hebrew
781-736-2955 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 326
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

Expertise: Hebrew language

Laura Jockusch
Laura Jockusch
Albert Abramson Associate Professor of Holocaust Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
781-736-2959 Lown 310
Office Hours: Sabbatical 2019-20

Expertise: Modern Jewish history, Holocaust studies

Alexander Kaye
Alexander Kaye
Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies
781-736-5927 Mandel Center for the Humanities 317
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

Expertise:  Ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history and European intellectual history, legal and political thought of religious Zionists in the twentieth century, relationship between law, religion and politics in Mandate Palestine and Israel.

Lynn Kaye
Lynn Kaye
Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

Expertise:  Law, hermeneutics, narrative and thought in rabbinic literature, philosophies of time, legal theory, religions of late antique Mesopotamia and critical and literary theory.

Ellie Kellman
Study Abroad Advisor
Associate Professor of Yiddish
781-736-2129 Lown 300b
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

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: Schedule appts by email

Expertise: Arabic language

Reuven Kimelman
Reuven Kimelman
Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Sabbatical Spring 2019
781-736-2963 Lown 208
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

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

Jonathan Krasner
Jonathan Krasner
Undergraduate Advising Head, NEJS
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Education Research
781-736-2372 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 123
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

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: By appointment

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
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: Send email for more info

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

Jonathan Sarna
Jonathan Sarna
University Professor Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History
Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
781-736-2977 Mandel Center for the Humanities 307
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

Expertise: American Jewish history, religion and life

Eugene Sheppard
Eugene Sheppard
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought
781-736-2965 Lown 307
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

Expertise: Modern Jewish history and thought

Esther Shorr
Esther Shorr
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew
781-736-2975 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 314
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

Expertise: Hebrew language

Jillian Stinchcomb
Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Hebrew Bible and Mediterranean Cross-Cultural Textual Traditions
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: Schedule appts by email

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

David Wright
David Wright
Professor of Bible and the Ancient Near East
781-736-2957 Lown 309
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

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

Affiliated

Lisa Joffe
Lisa Joffe
Lecturer in Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Shulamit Reinharz Director of Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
781-736-3116 Epstein Building 129

Expertise: Philosophy of multiculturalism, Women’s rights under Jewish and secular family law, Social movements in support of Agunot, Children's rights.

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

David Katz
David Katz
Visiting Professor
Director, History of Ideas Program
781-736-2799 ASAC 320
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email
Expertise: the history of ideas in the long early modern period (1500-1900), early modern English history, early modern European religious history
Sharon Pucker Rivo
Sharon Pucker Rivo
Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Film
781-736-8658 Lown 102
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

Expertise: Jewish and Holocaust film, archivist and producer

Amy Singer
Amy Singer
Hassenfeld Chair in Islamic Studies and Professor of History
781-736-2281 Olin-Sang 217

ExpertiseOttoman history; charity and poverty in Islamic Societies; agrarian relations in Ottoman Palestine; city of Edirne,  exploring how the city participated in the formation of Ottoman state and society in the first  half of the fifteenth century.

Ellen Smith
Ellen Smith
Associate Professor of the Practice in the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership
781-736-2998 Lown 204
Office Hours: Schedule appts by email

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

Aaron Spevack
Aaron Spevack
Affiliated Research Faculty, Islamic Philosophy and Theology
Muslim Chaplain, Center for Spiritual Life
781-736-8742 Usdan 101-07
Expertise: Islamic Intellectual History (Law, Theology, Philosophy, Sufism), Islam and Modernity, Classical Islamic Curricula and Education, Muslim Musical Practices.

Faculty Emeriti

Tzvi Abusch
Tzvi Abusch
Rose B. and Joseph Cohen Professor Emeritus of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Religion
781-736-2969 Golding 14

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

Bernadette Brooten
Bernadette Brooten
Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor Emerita of Christian Studies
781-736-2978

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

Sharon Feiman-Nemser
Sharon Feiman-Nemser
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Professor of Jewish Education
781-736-2946 A. Shapiro Academic Complex 111
Office Hours: Not teaching

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, Emerita

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

Avigdor Levy
Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Expertise: Ottoman and modern Middle Eastern history; history of the Jewish people in Muslim lands

Antony Polonsky
Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies

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

Benjamin Ravid
Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

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

Ilan Troen
Karl, Harry and Helen Stoll Professor of Israel Studies, Emeritus

Expertise: American, Jewish, and Israeli history