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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. Bio. Email: yariel@email.unc.edu

 

 

Karen Auerbach, associate professor, Department of History. Areas of research: modern Jewish history; East European Jewish history; Polish Jews in 19-20th centuries; Jewish publishing in Poland. Bio. Email: kauerbach@unc.edu

 

 

Gabrielle Berlinger, Babette S. and Bernard J. Tanenbaum Fellow in Jewish History and Culture, and assistant professor, Department of American Studies. Areas of research: American Jewish folklore (vernacular architecture; ritual; belief; festival; food); Israeli Mizrahi folklore; Jewish ethnology; public folklore; museum anthropology; immigrant studies. Bio. Email: gberling@unc.edu

 

 

Danielle Christmas, assistant professor, Department of English & Comparative Literature. Areas of research: representations of Jewish American and African American relations; Holocaust literature and film; 20th century Jewish American literature; 1940s-60s Jewish American media. Bio. Email: dchristmas@unc.edu

 

 

Andrea Dara Cooper, assistant professor, Department of Religious Studies. Areas of research: modern Jewish thought; gender studies; continental philosophy; medieval Jewish philosophy and mysticism; cultural studies. Bio. Email: adcooper@email.unc.edu

 

 

 

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. Bio. Email: deguzman@email.unc.edu

 

 

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. Bio. Email: mfigueroa@unc.edu

 

 

Jeanne Fischer, teaching associate professor in voice, Department of Music. Bio. Email: fischerj@email.unc.edu

 

 

 

Gregory Flaxman, associate professor, Department of English and Adjunct Professor, Department of Communications Studies. Bio. Email: gflax@email.unc.edu

 

 

Joseph Lam, associate professor of 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. Bio. Email: jclam@email.unc.edu

 

 

David Lambert, associate 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. Bio. Email: dalambe@email.unc.edu

 

 

Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, Department of Religious Studies. Areas of research: early Judaism; archaeology of Palestine. Bio. Email: magness@email.unc.edu

 

 

 

Evyatar Marienberg, associate professor, Department of Religious Studies. Areas of research: Rabbinic Judaism and Jewish law; contemporary Catholicism; regulation of sexuality; social history in the Middle Ages; rituals; reception of Vatican II. Bio. Email: evyatarm@unc.edu

 

 

Adi Nester [joining UNC July 2020], teaching professor, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

 

 

Rosa Perelmuter, professor, Department of Romance Studies. Areas of research: Colonial Spanish American literature, contemporary Spanish American narrative, Latino literature and culture, and Jewish Cuba. Bio. Email: rpperelm@email.unc.edu

 

 

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. Bio. Email: mrfish@unc.edu

 

 

Eliza Rose, assistant professor, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Areas of research: visual cultures and literature of Poland, Yugoslavia and East and Central Europe, with a special focus on science fiction. Bio. Email: elizacr@email.unc.edu

 

 

Patricia Rosenmeyer, George L. Paddison Professor of Classics, Department of Classics. Areas of research: archaic Greek poetry; Helen of Troy; ancient Greek epistolary fiction; Hellenistic poetry; archaic, Hellenistic and imperial epigram; Ovid; imperial Greek literature; literary theory; and reception studies. Bio. Email: patanne@email.unc.edu

 

Yaron Shemer, associate professor of Israel cultural studies in the Department of Asian Studies. Areas of research: Ethnic studies, cultural studies, Israeli culture and society, Middle Eastern cinema. Bio. Email: yshemer@email.unc.edu

 

 

 

Hanna Sprintzik, teaching associate professor in Modern Hebrew, Department of Asian Studies. Bio. Email: hannasp@email.unc.edu

 

 

 

Martin Sueldo, teaching associate professor in Spanish, Department of Romance Studies. Bio. Email: sueldo@email.unc.edu

 

 

Ruth von Bernuth, director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, Seymour & Carol Levin Distinguished Term Professor, and 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. Bio Email: dir_jewishstudies@unc.edu

 

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Marcie Cohen Ferris, Department of American 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. Bio

 

 

 

Jonathan M. Hess. Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Areas of research: German-Jewish literature, culture and history. Learn more about Jonathan’s contributions to the Center and the University.

 

 

Christopher Browning, Department of History. Area of research: history of the holocaust. Bio.

 

 

 

Madeline Levine, Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures.