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Centre for Jewish Studies

Faculty List

A. Shternshis, MA, D Phil, PhD (GER) Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish Studies 

Graduate Coordinator 
D. Bergen, MA, PhD (HIS) Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies 

Professors Emeriti 
B.E. Dresher, BA, PhD (LIN) 
M.R. Marrus, MA, PhD (HIS) 

E. Adler, MA, PhD (POL) Andrea and Charles Bronfman Professor of Israeli Studies 
S. Akbari, MA, PhD (ENG, CMS) 
R. Beiner, BA, DPhil (POL) 
D. Bergen, MA, PhD (HIS) Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies 
J. Bryant, MA, PhD (REL, SOC) 
R. Brym, MA, PhD (SOC) 
M. Chazan, M Phil, PhD (ANT) 
C. Clark, PhD (MUS)
S. Coleman, BA, MA, PhD (RLG)
R. Comay, MA, PhD (PHL) 
Y. Fehige, PhD (HPS) 
E. Geva, PhD (SCCP)
R. Gibbs, MA, PhD (PHL)
W. Goetschel, M Phil, PhD (GER, PHL)
K. Green, MA, PhD (RLG)
A. Harrak, MA, PhD (NMC) 
T. Harrison, MA, PhD (NMC)
M. Hewitt, BA, MA, PhD (RLG, TST) 
I. Kalmar, MA, PhD (ANT) 
L. Kaplan, MA, PhD (ART) 
J. Kloppenborg, MA, PhD (RLG) 
R. Leprohon, MA, PhD (NMC) 
L. Livak, MA, PhD (SLA) 
M. Meyerson, MA, PhD (HIS) 
A. Most, MA, PhD (ENG) 
D. Novak, MHL, PhD (RLG) J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies 
C. Orwin, MA, PhD (POL) 
D. Penslar, MA, PhD (HIS) Samuel J. Zacks Professor of Jewish History 
A. Quayson, PhD (ENG, DTS) 
J. Retallack, BA, DPhil (HIS) 
A. Ripstein, MA, PhD, MSL (LAW, PHL) 
J. Ross, MA, PhD (HIS) 
M. Subtelny, MA, PhD (NMC) 
H. Troper, BA, MA, PhD (OISE)
L. Viola, PhD (HIS)
E. Weinrib, PhD, LLB (LAW)
L. Weinrib, BA, LLB, LLM (POL, LAW) 

Associate Professors 
V. Ambros, MA, PhD (SLA) 
K. Blouin, MA, PhD (CLA) 
A. Cohen, MA, PhD (ART) 
R. Dinovitzer, PhD (SOC) 
H. Fox, MA, PhD (NMC, RLG) 
J. Harris, MA, PhD (SMC, RLG) 
D. Heller, BA, MA, PhD (LIN)
R. Holmstedt, MA, PhD (NMC) 
R. Levi, PhD (SOC) George Ignatieff Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies 
J. Marshall, MA, PhD (RLG) 
T. Meacham, MA, PhD (NMC) 
S. Metso, MA, ThD (NMC) 
J. Newman, MA, PhD (REL) 
W. Saleh, MA, PhD (NMC, REL)
N. Seidman MA, PhD (RLG, DTS)
A. Shternshis, MA, D Phil, PhD (GER) Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies 
N. Stang, MA, PhD (PHL)
K. Weisman, MA, PhD (ENG) 
R. Wittmann, MA, PhD (HIS) 
P. Wróbel, MA, PhD (HIS) Konstanty Reynert Professor of Polish Studies 

Assistant Professors 
A. Komaromi, MA, PhD (VIC) 
A. Paz, MA, BA, PhD (ANT) 
D. Silver, PhD (SOC) 
S. Vande Moortele, PhD (MUS) 

Associate Professors, Teaching Stream 
R. Austin, PhD (ERE) 
E. Gold, BA, MA, PhD (LIN) 
S. Goldberg, MA, PhD (CJS, RLG) 
Y. Nizri, PhD (CJS, RLG) 

Special Lecturers 
G. Moskowitz, PhD (CJS, ENG) Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellow 


The undergraduate program at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies (CJS) builds on the expertise and range of the faculty. The program is organized around four areas of interest that reflect the diverse strengths of the CJS. The Specialist and Major programs of study requires one of the gateway courses, CJS200H1 or CJS201H1, and a half credit course at the 400-level. The Minor program of study requires either CJS200H1 or CJS201H1.

Four Areas of Interest:

I. Classical Judaism

The civilization of the people of the book has produced a rich, classical literature: the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic texts, as well as rabbinic literature from the earliest targumic and midrashic interpretations through the Talmuds and geonic traditions to medieval commentators on Talmudic texts. We situate these texts in their linguistic and cultural contexts, and study them with philological rigour. Our students learn to trace the development of the Jewish imagination in its interactions with surrounding cultures and to appreciate its many expressions: legal, exegetical, mythic, and mystical. Jewish civilization emerges as a highly variegated collection of phenomena and traditions.

II. Jewish Philosophy and Thought

Both in the ancient world and contemporary society, many vital questions have arisen from Jewish experience and its interaction with diverse religions and philosophies. Why would the perfect, all-sufficient God care to speak to human beings? How could God’s inner life be described? What is the relationship between law and ethics? What future could a particular, religious identity have in a secular democracy based on universal values? What can traditional Jewish sources contribute to contemporary feminism and what does contemporary feminism have to say about the traditionally gendered view of Jewish commandments? In addressing these questions, we teach students to engage critically with the great figures in the history of Jewish thought, from Philo to Maimonides, from Spinoza to Rosenzweig.

III. Jewish History and Social Sciences

Covering the whole range of Jewish history, from ancient Israelites to modern Israel, from medieval Spain to the Holocaust and beyond, our courses explore both the ideal and material aspects of the many contexts in which Jewish civilization has survived and thrived, while offering a unique perspective on world history. Social sciences such as anthropology, political science, and sociology enrich our comprehension of today as well as yesterday by exploring phenomena such as collective memory, group identity, and inter-group conflict. Our courses give students the tools not only to understand the past but also to shape the future.

IV. Jewish Cultures, Languages, and Literatures

We offer a rich variety of courses in Jewish literature, film, and theatre, as well as Yiddish and Hebrew language. How have Jews expressed their resilience and imagination under the extreme conditions of the Holocaust or within communist societies? What is the Jewish contribution to North American popular culture? From the social lives of contemporary Russian Jews to the impact of Israeli folk dance on national identity, from experimental Jewish photography to Jewish involvement in Broadway musicals, we investigate the many ways in which Jews express their identity and creativity in cultures around the world.

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