The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Jewish Studies/Judaic Studies/Near Eastern Studies

Amherst College

Susan Niditch

classical texts and religion of ancient and early Judaism, folklore and popular religion, and on women and the body in Judaism



Mount Holyoke College

Mara Benjamin
Chair of Jewish Studies

Jewish textual traditions and practices, including biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary hermeneutics; modern Jewish thought; and gender and religion

Smith College

Ernest Benz 
social history, notably the onset of family limitation

Lois Dubin 

Jewish history and thought; world religions; and women, spirituality and feminist politics


UMass (Judaic and Near Eastern Studies/Middle Eastern Studies)

Aviva Ben-Ur 
History/Spanish and Porguese/Comparative Literature

 Atlantic Jewish history and slavery studies; Sephardic women

Olga Gershenson
Film Studies
Jewish and Israel Cultural Studies
Susan Shapiro
Director of the Religious Studies Certificate
Jewish philosophy and philosophy of religion, gender studies, and political and cultural theory
Malissa Taylor
Middle Eastern Studies
history through the lens of Islamic history, gender and sexuality in the Middle East, the comparative history of early modern empires