Academic Leadership for 2017-2018:

Acting Director
Michele Rivkin-Fish, associate professor, Department of Anthropology. Areas of research: Medical anthropology, moral economies of medicine and health, gender and health, reproductive politics, health care reform, Russia, United States.
Phone: 919-962-1145 Email:
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: 919-962-1509 Email:
Associate Director


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


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 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:
Matt Hutton, administrative assistant. Phone: 919-962-1509 Email:
Erika Huckestein, graduate assistant. Phone: 919-962-1509 Email:


Sophie Rupp and Remi Bellefleur, Lori and Eric Sklut Undergraduate Interns, 2017-2018. Email: