Center Leadership and Staff

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Academic Leadership for 2014-2015:

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 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 Advisors cassen.web Flora Cassen, JMA and Sonja van der Horst Fellow in Jewish History and Culture, assistant professor, Department of  History. Areas of research: Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History, European history from 10th – 18th centuries.
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:
Former Director, 2003-2013
Jonathan M. Hess, Distinguished Professor of Germanic Languages and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies. Areas of research: German-Jewish literature, culture and history. Email:
 Karen Gajewski.2014web Karen M. Gajewski, Communications Director. Phone: 919-962-1509 Email:
Erika Huckestein, Graduate Assistant. Phone: 919-962-1509 Email: