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UNC Jewish Studies Faculty
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ariel.vsm Yaakov Ariel Associate Director for the Center and 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: yariel@email.unc.edu
karen_auerbach 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. Email:kauerbach@unc.edu
browning.vsm Christopher Browning Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of  History, Department of History. Areas of research: history of the holocaust.
Phone: 919-962-2371 Email: cbrownin@email.unc.edu
cassen.vsm Flora Cassen MA 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.
Email: fcassen@email.unc.edu
ferris.vsm Marcie Cohen Ferris Associate professor, Department of American Studies, and Coordinator of Southern Studies. Areas of research: history of the Jewish south; American Jewish women’s history; American Jewish culture; and the foodways and material culture of the American South.
Phone: 919-843-9881 Email: ferrism@email.unc.edu
deguzmanm Maria DeGuzman Professor and Director of Latina/o Studies,
Department of English and Comparative Literature. Co-chair, Hispano-, Latin American-, Latina/o-Jewish Cultural Production Working Group
Email: deguzman@email.unc.edu
gregoryflaxman Gregory Flaxman, Associate Professor, Department of English and Adjunct Professor, Department of Communications Studies.
Email: gflax@email.unc.edu
 
 hess.vsm Jonathan M. Hess Moses M. and Hannah L. Malin Distinguished Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies. Areas of research: German-Jewish literature, culture and history.
Email: jmhess@email.unc.edu
 lambert.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 and  interiority; history of Jewish thought.
Phone: 919-962-5666  Email: dalambe@email.unc.edu
 magness.vsm.2012  Jodi Magness Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, Department of Religious Studies. Areas of research: early Judaism; archaeology of Palestine
Phone: 919-962-3928    Email: magness@email.unc.edu
 marienberg Evyatar Marienberg E.J. and Sara Evans Assistant Professor of Jewish History and Culture. Areas of research: Rabbinic Judaism and Jewish law; contemporary Catholicism; regulation of sexuality; social history in the Middle Ages; rituals; reception of Vatican II.
Phone: 919-962-3939   Email: evyatarm@unc.edu
 perelmuter Rosa Perelmuter Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Areas of research: Colonial Spanish American literature, contemporary Spanish American narrative,  Latino literature and culture, and Jewish Cuba.
Phone: (919) 604-5858      Email: rpperelm@email.unc.edu
 shemer2011 Yaron Shemer Levine/Sklut Fellow in Jewish Studies, assistant professor of Modern Hebrew Literature and Israeli Culture in the Department of Asian Studies. Areas of research: Ethnic studies, cultural studies, Israeli culture and society, Middle   Eastern cinema.
Phone: 919-962-5428 Email: yshemer@email.unc.edu
 von bernuth.vsm Ruth von Bernuth Director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and assistant professor of early modern German Studies (1500-1750), Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Areas of research: Medieval and Early modern German and Yiddish literature; folly literature and culture; disability studies.
Email: rvb@email.unc.edu
 Lecturers
JosephLam
Joseph Lam Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew, Department of Religious Studies. Areas of research: Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context; linguistic approaches  to Biblical Hebrew; comparative Semitic grammar; ritual and cult in the  ancient Near East; metaphor in religious language.
Phone: (919) 962-3927 Email: jclam@email.unc.edu
 spritzik.web Hanna Sprintzik Lecturer in Modern Hebrew, Department of  Asian Studies.
Email: hannasp@email.unc.edu
 sueldo.web Martin Sueldo, Lecturer in Spanish, Department of Romance Languages.
Email: sueldo@email.unc.edu