Center Leadership and Staff

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Academic Leadership for 2015-2016:

Ruth von Bernuth2.2014web
Ruth von Bernuth, associate professor of early modern German Studies (1500-1750) Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Areas of research: German and Yiddish literature, early modern Europe. Phone: 919-962-4866  Email:
Associate Directorariel.vsm On leave Spring 2016
Yaakov Ariel,
professor, Department of Religious Studies. Areas of research: Jewish-Christian relations; Mission to the Jews and Jewish conversions to Christianity; new Jewish religious movements; American Judaism. Phone: 919-962-3930 Email:
Faculty Liaison to the Board of Advisorsk.auerbach.2014.web Karen Auerbach, Stuart E. Eizenstat Fellow and assistant professor, Department of History. Areas of research: modern Jewish history; East European Jewish history; Polish Jews in 19-20th centuries; Jewish publishing in Poland.
Curriculum Advisorlambert.vsm David Lambert, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible, Department of Religious Studies. Areas of research: Hebrew Bible; ancient Israelite religious practices and society; late  Second Temple Judaism; the history of biblical interpretation; development of religious terminology; Western notions of the self; history of Jewish thought.
Phone: 919-962-5666 Email:
Undergraduate Student Liaison
Andrea Cooper.2014web
Andrea Dara Cooper, Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought, and assistant professor, Department of Religious Studies. Areas of research: modern Jewish thought; gender studies; continental philosophy; medieval Jewish philosophy and mysticism; cultural studies.
 Karen Gajewski.2014web Karen M. Gajewski, communications director. Phone: 919-962-1509 Email:
Alex Dunham, graduate assistant. Phone: 919-962-1509 Email: