The Chicago 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.
Yaqub Hilal (Silverstein, Michael), Migratory Bedouin communities in Israel
Andrew Katzenstein (Agrama, Hussein Ali), U.S. and Israel/Palestine, religion and secularism, affect and embodiment, technological mediation, space and place, security
Committee on Social Thought
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
Yael Flusser, Israel/Palestine, Jewish and national identities
Michal Peles-Almagor, (Rokem, Na’ama), Modern Hebrew and German literatures
Miriam Bilsker (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Modern Jewish intellectual history
Ezra Blaustein (Robinson, James T.), Medieval Jewish and Muslim intellectual history
David Cohen (Mendes-Flohr, Paul and Fishbane, Michael), Modern Jewish thought, Jewish reception of modern and medieval philosophy
Joshua Connor (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Modern Jewish thought, concepts of the soul, and the relation between science and religion
Matthew Creighton (Mendes-Flohr, Paul)
Raphael Dascalu (Robinson, James T.)
Jessie DeGrado (Chavel, Simi), Hebrew Bible
Jeffrey Fowler (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Doctrinal theology and Jewish-Christian theological relations
Kelli Gardner (Chavel, Simeon), Hebrew Bible, Wisdom Literature and gender
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
Yonatan Shemesh (Robinson, James T.), Medieval Jewish thought
Sam Berrin Shonkoff (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Modern Jewish thought, including Hasidism; Jewish hermeneutics
Ori Werdiger (Mendes-Flohr, Paul)
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)
Anna Mahler Band (Auslander, Leora), Modern Jewish history
Benzion "Benny" Bar-Lavi (Nirenberg, David), Early modern intellectual history, conversos, the Western Sephardi Diaspora
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
Mili Leitner (Bohlman, Philip), Ethnomusicology. Israel/Palestine, sub-Saharan African Jewry, conflict, race, identity, music as torture, sonic studies, hip hop, urban soundscapes.
Annie Greene (Bashkin, Orit), Ottoman/Modern Iraqi history and Arabic-Hebrew literature
Charles Huff (Pardee, Dennis), Dissertation: “Sabbath in the Pentateuchal Priestly Literature”
Charles Joseph Otte III (Pardee, Dennis), Northwest Semitic philology
Pelle Valentin Olsen (Bashkin, Orit), Twentieth-century Iraqi history and literature and Iraqi Jewish history
Iddo Aharony (2016; Ran, Shulamit), 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), Dissertation: The Unity of Reason and Sensibility in Kant's Practical Philosophy
Lauren Butler Bergier (2018; Pavel, Thomas), Dreyfus Affair, Jewish history and culture in France, Jewish-Christian relations
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”
Igor H. De Souza (2014; Robinson, James T.), Divinity. Dissertation: Medieval Jewish philosophy, hermeneutics, and literary genres in medieval Jewish philosophical writing.
Erik Dreff (2017; Mendes-Flohr, Paul),"On God, Humankind, and Well-Being: The Intellectual Love of God in Spinoza"
Vincent Johannes van Exel (2010; Schloen, David), Ancient Near East history, specifically Syria-Palestinea-Palestine
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)
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 (2009; Pippin, Robert)
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 Skornik (2018; Stackert, Jeffrey), Biblical and ancient Near Eastern thought and poetics
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 (Robert Gooding-Williams and Orit Bashkin), Jewish refugees from Arab countries
Alexandra Zirkle (2016; Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Divinity - History of Judaism. Dissertation: Modeling the Temple: The Politics of German Jewish Biblical Hermeneutics.