Center Leadership and Staff

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Academic Leadership for 2016-2017:

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 AdvisorsMichael Figueroa.2014web
Michael A. Figueroa, assistant professor, Department of Music. Areas of research: Israeli and Palestinian music and culture; history of Jerusalem; modern Hebrew literature; music and memory of al-Andalus; cultural performance; cultural geography; music and violence. 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:
 huckestein Erika Huckestein, graduate assistant. Phone: 919-962-1509 Email: