Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies
1155 East 60th Street, Room 302A
Chicago, IL 60637

Graduate Students & Alumni

The Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies was created as an inter-divisional center in the Divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Divinity School whose aim is to nurture dialogue among the many disciplines, scholars, and students engaged in Jewish Studies at the University. Our students come from a wide range of departments. The following is a list of our current students (with their academic advisor) and their academic interest(s), as well as a list of our alumni.

Anthropology Department

Yaqub Hilal (Silverstein, Michael), Migratory Bedouin communities in Israel

Andrew Katzenstein [joint program with Divinity] (Agrama, Hussein Ali; Hammerschlag, Sarah), U.S. and Israel/Palestine, religion and secularism, affect and embodiment, technological mediation, space and place, security

Committee on Social Thought

Amy Levine [joint program with Philosophy] (Lear, Jonathan), Ethics, psychoanalysis, modern Jewish thought, and Kant.

Daniel Watling (Tarcov, Nathan), Medieval philosophy, political theory, Maimonides

William Wood (Pippin, Robert)

Comparative Literature Department

Chloe Blackshear (Pavel, Thomas), Hebrew Bible narrative and rewritings

Sam Catlin [joint program with Divinity] (Rokem Na'ama; Hammerschlag, Sarah), Literary theory and criticism; hermeneutics; rabbinic literature; religion and literature; Bible; Continental philosophy and critical theory

Yael Flusser, Israel/Palestine, Jewish and national identities

Michal Peles-Almagor, (Rokem, Na’ama), Modern Hebrew and German literatures

Divinity School

Miriam Bilsker (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Modern Jewish intellectual history

Ezra Blaustein (Robinson, James T.), Medieval Jewish and Muslim intellectual history

Yitzhak Bronstein, (Fishbane, Michael) Religious ethics, Jewish education

Aslan Cohen (Chavel, Simeon; Stackert, Jeffrey; Hammerschlag, Sarah), Hebrew Bible; conceptions of language and texts within biblical literature, textual criticism (Septuagintal studies), prose narrative, lyrical poetry, reception history, literary theory.

David Cohen (Mendes-Flohr, Paul; Robinson, James T.; Davidson, Arnold I.), Nineteenth-twentieth century neo-orthodoxy in German and French Jewish thought, philosophy of halachah, Jewish reception of modern and medieval philosophy, modern philosophical reception of Kabbalah.

Joshua Connor (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Modern Jewish thought, concepts of the soul, and the relation between science and religion

Matthew Creighton (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), German-Jewish literature

Marshall Cunningham (Chavel, Simeon), Hebrew Bible, Judean identity formation in the 6th and 5th Centuries BCE

Raphael Dascalu (Robinson, James T.)

Jeffrey Fowler (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Doctrinal theology and Jewish-Christian theological relations

Kelli Gardner (Chavel, Simeon), Hebrew Bible, Wisdom literature and gender

Rachel Katz, (Robinson, James T.), Medieval Jewish philosophy, science, and exegesis

Mendel Kranz (Hammerschlag, Sarah), Modern Jewish thought

Dov Lerner (Fishbane, Michael), Midrash, hermeneutics

Jacob Merlin (Robinson, James T.), Medieval Jewish scriptural exegesis

Yiftach Ofek (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Modern Jewish thought, political theology, philosophy of history, Zionism, Hebrew literature

David Ridge (Stackert, Jeffrey), Hebrew Bible, Hebrew linguistics, narrative theory

Yonatan Shemesh (Robinson, James T.), Medieval Jewish thought

Sam Berrin Shonkoff (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Modern Jewish thought, including Hasidism; Jewish hermeneutics

Joel Swanson (Hammerschlag, Sarah), Modern Jewish intellectual history; debates surrounding ethnic and confessional religious definitions of Jewish identity and Judaism in relation to the "Jewish question" in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Emily Thomassen, (Stackert, Jeffrey), Hebrew Bible, Near Eastern archaeology

Christine Trotter (Mitchell, Margaret M.), Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic-Jewish consolation literature

Ori Werdiger (Mendes-Flohr, Paul; Davidson, Arnold), Modern Jewish and European intellectual history, epistemology, hermeneutics.

Richard Zaleski (Mitchell, Margaret M.), Second Temple Judaism, Philo of Alexandria, biblical reception history, ancient Jewish-Christian interactions

Germanic Studies Department

Matthew Johnson, German-Jewish and Yiddish literature and cultural history

Bastian Reinert (Lüdemann, Susanne), Jewish-German literature: post-war poetry (Paul Celan); Holocaust testimony and (false) autobiography (Ruth Klüger, Binjamin Wilkomirski); posthumous voice in post-war drama (Elfriede Jelinek)

History Department

Anna Mahler Band (Auslander, Leora), Modern Jewish history

Benzion "Benny" Bar-Lavi (Nirenberg, David), political thought in early modern Europe; the reception of Machiavelli and Spinoza; the Western Sephardi Diaspora

Naama Maor (Stanley, Amy Dru), U.S. legal history, criminal justice reform, juvenile delinquency, childhood and the family, racial and ethnic communities.

Ilana Miller (Zahra, Tara), Central European Jewish history, life after WW II, relationships to Israel

Tali Winkler (Nirenberg, David), Early Modern Jewish history, history of the book  

Music Department

Mili Leitner (Bohlman, Philip; Auslander, Leora; Feldman, Martha), Ethnomusicology. Israel/Palestine, sub-Saharan African Jewry, conflict, race, identity, music as torture, sonic studies, hip hop, urban soundscapes. 

NELC Department

Joseph Cross (Pardee, Dennis; Ritner, Robert), Dissertation: "Judean and Egyptian Novellas of the Achaemenid and Graeco-Roman Periods"

David Harris (Pardee, Dennis), Source criticism of the Pentateuch, textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Northwest Semitic dialectology, comparative Semitic philology & linguistics.

Charles Huff (Pardee, Dennis), Dissertation: “Sabbath in the Pentateuchal Priestly Literature”

Chelsie May (Bashkin, Orit), Dissertation: Watching Whiteness Work?: The Racialization of Jewish Women in Iraq and Israel/Palestine, 1941-1966; research interests include gender and race in modern Middle East history, Arab Jewish history, Iraqi history

Charles Joseph Otte III (Pardee, Dennis), Northwest Semitic philology.

Pelle Valentin Olsen (Bashkin, Orit), Twentieth-century Iraqi history and literature and Iraqi Jewish history.

Madadh Richey (Pardee, Dennis), Dissertation: "The Combat Myth and the Community: Encounters with Myth in Iron Age Mesopotamia and the Levant."


Rachel Adelstein (2013; Bohlman, Philip), Music. Dissertation: Braided voices: Women cantors in non-Orthodox Judaism.

Iddo Aharony (2016; Ran, Shulamit), Music. Jewish and Israeli music, literature and culture.

Jessica Andruss (2015; Robinson, James T.), Divinity. Dissertation: Exegesis, homily, and historical reflection in the Arabic commentary on lamentations by Salmon ben Yeruhim, tenth-century Karaite of Jerusalem.

Aidan Beatty (Auslander, Leora), History. Dissertation: The life that God desires: Masculinity and power in Irish nationalism, 1884-1938.

Natalie Belsky (Fitzpatrick, Sheila), History. Soviet Jewish history

Anastasia Artemyev Berg (2013; Pippin, Robert), Philosophy. Dissertation: The Unity of Reason and Sensibility in Kant's Practical Philosophy.

Lauren Butler Bergier (2018; Pavel, Thomas), Social Thought. Dissertation: Paul Claudel’s Cinq Grandes Odes : a Translation and Commentary.

Samuel Lanham Boyd (2014; Pardee, Dennis), NELC. Dissertation: Contact Linguistics and Textual Reuse in the Hebrew Bible: A Socio-linguistic Approach to the Comparative Method in the Hebrew Bible.

Samuel Brody (2013), Divinity. Dissertation: This pathless hour: Messianism, Anarchism, Zionism, and Martin Buber’s Political Theology Reconsidered.

Aaron Butts (Hasselbach, Rebecca), NELC. Dissertation: Language Maintenance, Lexical Borrowing, and Grammatical Replication: The Case of Greek and Syriac.

David M. Calabro (2014; Pardee, Dennis), NELC. Dissertation: “Doing Things with Hands: The Ritual Use of Hand Gestures in Northwest Semitic Literature and Iconography”

Jessie DeGrado (2018: Chavel, Simi), Divinity. Dissertation: Authoring Empire: Intellectual Engagement with the Assyrian Empire in the Bible.

Igor H. De Souza (2014; Robinson, James T.), Jewish Studies. Dissertation: Philosophical Commentaries on the Preface to "The Guide of the Perplexed," c. 1250–1362.

Erik Dreff (2017; Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Divinity. On God, Humankind, and Well-Being: The Intellectual Love of God in Spinoza.

Michael Figueroa (2014), Music., Music of the Middle East, Jewish music, historiography, cultural geography, postcolonial studies, history of ethnomusicology

David Gottlieb (2018; Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Divinity. Dissertation: Second Slayings: The Binding of Isaac, Interpretations of Sacrifice, and the Formation of 'Midrashic Memory'.

Annie Greene (2018; Bashkin, Orit), NELC. Dissertation: Provincial, Not Peripheral: Ottoman-Iraqi Intellectuals and Cultural Networks, 1863-1914.

Humphrey (Chip) Hardy (2014; Pardee, Dennis), NELC. Dissertation: Diachronic Development in Biblical Hebrew Particles: A Case Study in Grammaticalization

Elizabeth Hopp-Peters (2012; Fishbane, Michael), Divinity. Dissertation: Breaking Pots, Making Metaphors: Prophetic Action Narratives in the Book of Jeremiah"

Avner Inbar (2016; Pippin, Robert), Social Thought. Dissertation: Rousseau's Political Psychology.

Anna Jabloner, (Masco, Joseph), Genetics, kinship, capitalism, identity, biopolitics

Joela (Zeller) Jacobs  (Wild, Christopher), German-Jewish literature

Eric Paul Jobe (Golb, Norman), NELC. Dissertation: Innovation in Post-Biblical Hebrew Poetry: A Stylistic Analysis of Qumran, Hekhalot, and Payyetanic Poetry

Ruchama Johnston-Bloom (2013; Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Divinity. Dissertation: Muhammad, the Qur’an and German-Jewish modernities: Gustav Weil, Josef Horovitz and Muhammad Asad.

Liane Marquis (2018; Stackert, Jeffrey and Chavel, Simeon), Hebrew Bible priestly literature, narrative theory, ritual studies

Nathan Mastnjak (2015; Pardee, Dennis), NELC/Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. Dissertation: The Prophet Who Was before Me: Allusions to Deuteronomy in the Book of Jeremiah.

Matthew James McAffee (2008; Pardee, Dennis), NELC. Dissertation: A Lexical and Literary Analysis of Life and Mortality in Ugaritic.

Meredith Aska McBride (2015), Music. 2012 American Jewish popular music (20th and 21st centuries), critical whiteness studies and Euro-American ethnic cultures, musical transnationalism and American immigration history, diaspora studies, urban cultural geography of Jewish music

Katharine Mershon (2018; Rosengarten, Richard A.), American Jewish literature

Joanna Nemeh. (2016; Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Committee on Jewish Studies. Dissertation: Jewish Feminism: Quest and Answerability.

James Nemiroff (2016; de Armas, Frederick), Romance Languages and Literatures. Dissertation: Comedias judaizantes: Performing Judaism in Lope de Vega´s Toledan Plays (1590-1615)

Chaim Neria (2015; Robinson, James T.), Divinity. Dissertation: It Cannot be Valued with the Gold of Ophir (Job 28:16): Rabbi Joseph B. Shem-Tob's Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Sources and Analysis

Alexander Orwin (2015), Committee on Social Thought.

William Douglas Pickut (2017; Pardee, Dennis), Northwest Semitic Philology. Dissertation: “Literary Genres in Poetic Texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Johanna Theresa Semler (2012; Meltzer, Francois), Dissertation: Bare Life and Metamorphic Being: Nazi Propaganda, Agamben, Coetzee and Kafka.

Uri Shachar (2013; Nirenberg, David), Ideologies of holy warfare; intellectual encounters between Jews, Christians & Muslims during the time of the crusades, with a focus on France and the Crusading Near East

Jordan Eugene Skornik (2018; Stackert, Jeffrey), Dissertation: Paradigms and Possibilities: On Literary Prophecy and the Hebrew Bible.

Min Won Song (2009; Pardee, Dennis), Northwest Semitic philology

Michael Tymkiw (2013; Mehring, Christine), Art History. Dissertation: National Socialist Exhibition Design, Spectatorship, and the Fabrication of Volksgemeinschaft.

Jacqueline Eliza Vayntrub (2015; Pardee, Dennis), NELC. Dissertation: Proverbs and the Limits of Poetry.

Monique Denise Vincent (Schloen, David), NELC. Dissertation: Households, Communities, and Dimensions of Social Identity in the Early Iron Age at Tall al-‘Umayri

Andrea Wald (2015; Wellbery, David), Dissertation: Discourses of Surface and Ornament in Literature, Art, and Psychoanalysis ca. 1900

Lillian Wohl (2015; Bohlman, Philip), Music. Dissertation: Mucho Ojo! Spectacles of Jewish Memory, Ethnicity and Religion in Contemporary Musical Performance in Buenos Aires.

Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg (2015; Robinson, James T.), Divinity - History of Judaism. The history of the Jewish book, Jewish-Christian relations, and the reception history of the Hebrew Bible

Liran Yadgar (Lewis, Frank), NELC. Dissertation:  Judaism and Islam

Sarah Yardney (2017; Stackert, Jeffrey), Hebrew Bible

Ori Yehudai (Wasserstein, Bernard), Emigration from Palestine and Israel 1881-1951

Shayna Zamkanei (2015) (Robert Gooding-Williams and Orit Bashkin), Political Science. Dissertation: The Politics of Justice for Arab Jews

Alexandra Zirkle (2016; Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Divinity - History of Judaism. Dissertation: Modeling the Temple: The Politics of German Jewish Biblical Hermeneutics.