attracted by the high caliber of the faculty, greatly respected
men and women who are known for their prolific contributions to
the field. One of the Departments great strengths, this distinguished
body of active scholars, writers, and researchers stimulates and
inspires undergraduate and graduate students alike.
Associate Professor, B.A., Wellesley, 1990; M.A., Columbia,
1992; M.Phil., 1994; Ph.D., Brandeis, 1998.
Jay Berkovitz, Professor and Chair of Department, B.A., Brandeis, 1973; M.A., 1977; Ph.D.,
David Bernat, Lecturer, B.A., Jewish Theological Seminary, 1995; Ph.D., Brandeis, 2002.
Shmuel Bolozky, Professor, B.A., Hebrew University, 1965; M.A., London,
1968; Ph.D., Illinois, 1972.
Tayeb El-Hibri, Professor, B.A., Stanford, 1986; M.A., Columbia,
1988; M.Phil., 1989; Ph.D., 1993.
Olga Gershenson, Professor, BA., Ural State University, 1990; M.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1998; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2003.
Mednicoff, Assistant Professor and Director of Middle Eastern Studies Program. Middle East Law and
Politics, Center for Public Policy
Ralph Melnick, Lecturer, B.A., New York University, 1968; M.A. in Religion, M.Phil. in Religion, Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, 1974, 1975; M.S.L.S. in Library Science, Columbia University, 1970; Ph.D. in Religion Program, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Temple University Joint Rabbinical/, 1968-1969; Ph.D. in Religion, Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, 1977
A. Rothstein, Professor, S.B., Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, 1960; A.M., Harvard, 1961; Ph.D., 1967.
Susan Shapiro, Associate Professor, B.A., Washington University, 1973;
Ph.D., Chicago, 1983.
Jacquelyn Southern, Lecturer, A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1991; M.S., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1994; Ph.D., Clark University, 2009.
James Young, Professor, B.A., California
at Santa Cruz, 1973; M.A., California at Berkeley, 1976; Ph.D.,
California at Santa Cruz, 1983.
N.C. Christopher Couch, Lecturer, Graphic Novels. Program in Comparative Literature
Denny, Professor, History of Islamic Art and Architecture.
Program in Art History
Dienes, Professor, Russian-Jewish Literature and Culture. Program in
Andrew Donson, Assistant Professor, Holocaust Studies. Program in German and Scandinavian Studies
Erdman, Assistant Professor, Jewish Theater. Department of Theater
S. Ellis, Professor, Torah, Commentaries, and Biblical
Interpretation. Department of Math & Statistics
Max Page, Professor, Middle Eastern Art & Architecture, Memory Studies. Department of Art, Architecture and Art History
Catherine Portuges, Director, Film Studies Program. Program in Comparative Literature
Jillian Schwedler, Associate Professor, Middle Eastern Politics. Department of Political Science
Neil Silberman, Lecturer, History and Politics of Middle Eastern Anthropology. Department of Anthropology
Jonathan Skolnik, Assistant Professor, German Jewish Studies. Program in German and Scandinavian Studies
Michael Sugerman, Assistant Professor, Archaeology of Israel and Palestine. Department of Anthropology
Sullivan, Assistant Professor, Crusades and Islam.
Program in German and Scandinavian Studies
C. Wilson, Professor, History of the Middle East. Department of History