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

Andrew Katzenstein Atwell (Agrama, Hussein Ali), Messianism and temporality, ethics, religion and the secular, Jewish Studies, Middle East, sensibility and embodiment, political theology, sovereignty and intervention, Israel/Palestine.

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

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

Ido Telem, (Rokem, Na'ama), modern Hebrew literature, modern German literature and thought.

Divinity School

Miriam Bilsker (Mendes-Flohr, Paul), modern Jewish 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 Leitner Cohen (Mendes-Flohr, Paul; Davidson, Arnold I.; Benjamin Pollock - Hebrew University), anti-liberal Jewish thought, philosophy of halakhah, Jewish reception of modern and medieval philosophy, modern philosophical reception of Kabbalah.

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

Ranana Dine (Zoloth, Laurie), Jewish Ethics, Medical Ethics, Material Visual Culture, Modern Jewish/Christian Thought

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

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

Justin Moses (Stackert, Jeffrey), Hebrew Bible, Egyptology

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

Adi Shiran (Robinson, James T.), medieval Jewish and Islamic comparative exegesis and Judeo-Arabic literature

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.), Dissertation: Making Suffering Manageable: Hellenistic Jewish Consolatory Responses to Suffering and Death

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

Alexis Wolf (Chavel, Simeon), Conceptions of the divine in the Hebrew Bible, gender and power in the Hebrew Bible and biblical reception history

Germanic Studies Department

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

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

Tahel Rachel Goldsmith (Auslander, Leora), modern East-Central European history and memory, space and place

Elena Hoffenberg (Auslander, Leora; Zahra, Tara), modern Jewish history

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

Kyra Schulman (Auslander, Leora), modern French history, urban memory, antisemitism, post-Holocaust French literature, digital humanities

Tali Winkler (Johns, Adrian), early-modern Jewish history, history of the book  

Music Department

Mili Leitner Cohen (Bohlman, Philip; Schultz, Anna; Feldman, Martha), ethnomusicology. Israel, Jewish liturgy and nusah, public space, sound studies, racialization, gender and women’s studies.

NELC Department

Benjamin Arenstein (Rokem, Na'ama), Modern Hebrew Literature; Rusian and Arabic Literatures; Jewish Multilingualism; Translation Theory

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.

Tyler Harris (Pardee, Dennis), Hebrew Bible, source criticism of the Hebrew Bible, disability criticism of ancient Near Eastern texts, pedagogy of Biblical Hebrew, disability studies.

Jaesok Heo (Pardee, Dennis), Hebrew Bible/ancient Near East.

Young Bok Kim (Pardee, Dennis; Hasselbach-Andee, Rebecca; Grenoble, Lenore A.), Dissertation: Hebrew Forms of Address.

Stephanie Kraver ((Hayek, Ghenwa; Rokem, Na'ama; Bashkin, Orit), modern Palestinian and Israeli literature, political poetry, constructions of memory after loss.

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

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


Rachel Adelstein (2013; Bohlman, Philip), Music. Dissertation: Braided Voices: Women Cantors in Non-Orthodox Judaism.

Iddo Aharony (2016; Ran, Shulamit), Music. Dissertation: KOLOT.

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 (2015, Auslander, Leora), History. Dissertation: The Life that God Desires: Masculinity and Power in Irish Nationalism, 1884-1938.

Natalie Belsky (2014, Fitzpatrick, Sheila), History. Dissertation: Encounters in the East: Evacuees in the Soviet Hinterland During the Second World War.

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.

Chloe Blackshear (2018; Pavel, Thomas), Comparative Literature. Dissertation: Between the Figure and the Text: David Stories in Late Twentieth Century Prose.

Ezra Blaustein (2019; Robinson, James T.), Divinity. Dissertation: Cataloging Revelation: Echoes of Islamic Legal Theory in Maimonides' Sefer-ha-Mitsvot [Book of Commandments].

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 (2013, Hasselbach, Rebecca), NELC. Dissertation: Language Change in the Wake of Empire: Syriac in Its Greco-Roman Context.

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

Joshua Connor (2017; Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Divinity. Dissertation: Recollecting the Soul: Studies of the Psyche and the I-Thou Relation.

Marshall Cunningham (2020; Chavel, Simeon), Divinity. Dissertation: (Re)-Constructing Judeanness: Homeland, Diaspora, and the Construction of Judean Identity in the 6th and 5th Centuries ʙᴄᴇ.

Raphael Dascalu (2016; Robinson, James T.), Divinity. Dissertation: Philology, Philosophy, and Sufism: Towards an Understanding of Tanhum Ha-Yerushalmi's Exegesis and Thought with a Focus on His Commentaries on Jonah, the Song of Songs, and

Jessie DeGrado (2018: Chavel, Simeon), 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. Dissertation: On God, Humankind, and Well-Being: The Intellectual Love of God in Spinoza.

Michael Figueroa (2014), Music. Dissertation: Music and the Jerusalem Question: Song, Poetry, and Politics in Israel, 1967-Present.

Kelli Gardner (2020; Chavel, Simeon), Divinity. Dissertation: The Figure and Figuration of Woman in the Hebrew Bible.

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"

Charles Huff (2019; Pardee, Dennis), NELC/Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. Dissertation: Punishment in the Priestly Literature.

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

Anna Jabloner, (2015, Masco, Joseph), Anthropology. Dissertation: Humanity Pending: Californian Genomics and the Politics of Biology.

Joela (Zeller) Jacobs  (2014, Wild, Christopher), Germanic Studies. Dissertation: Speaking the Non-Human: Plants, Animals, and Marginalized Humans in Literary Grotesques from Oscar Panizza to Franz Kafka.

Eric Paul Jobe (2015, Golb, Norman), NELC. Dissertation: Innovation in Post-Biblical Hebrew Poetry: A Stylistic Analysis of the Hymns of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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), Divinity. Dissertation: Story and Sacrifice: Ritual Narrative and the Priestly Source.

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. Dissertation: City with Lifted Head Singing: The Practice and Politics of Music Education in Chicago.

Katharine Mershon (2018; Rosengarten, Richard A.), Divinity. Dissertation: Canine Redemption Narratives in the American Imaginary, 1981–2001.

Ilana McQuinn (2019; Zahra, Tara), History. Dissertation: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Representation and Communist Reform in Czechoslovakia, 1945-75.

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. Dissertation: Caught Between City, Empire, and Religion: Alfarabi's Concept of the Umma.

Michal Peles Almagor (2020; Rokem, Na'ama), Comparative Literature. Dissertation: Writing at the Threshold: Language and Home in Twentieth Century Hebrew and German Literature.

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

Madadh Richey (2019; Pardee, Dennis), NELC. Dissertation: Visions of Gods and Monsters: Levantine and Mesopotamian Iconographies of Divine Combat and Their Textual Impressions.

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

Uri Shachar (2014; Nirenberg, David), History. Dissertation: Dialogical Warfare: Figurations of Pious Belligerence Among Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Authors in the Crusading Near-East.

Sam Berrin Shonkoff (2018; Mendes-Flohr, Paul), Divinity. Dissertation: Sacramental Existence:  Embodiment in Martin Buber’s Philosophical and Hasidic Writings

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

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. Dissertation: The People of the Book Without the Book: Jewish Ambivalence Toward Biblical Text After the Rise of Christianity.

Liran Yadgar (2016; Lewis, Frank), NELC. Dissertation: "All the Kings of Arabia are Seeking Your Counsel and Advice": Intellectual and Cultural Exchange Between Jews and Muslims in the Later Middle Islamic Period.

Sarah Yardney (2017; Stackert, Jeffrey), Divinity. Dissertation: Interpretation in the Septuagint of Samuel.

Ori Yehudai (2013, Wasserstein, Bernard), History. Dissertation: Forth from Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine and Israel  Emigration from Palestine and Israel 1881-1951

Richard Zaleski (2020; Mitchell, Margaret M.), Divinity. Dissertation: Both Literal and Allegorical: Paraphrastic Biblical Exegesis in Gregory of Nyssa's and Philo of Alexandria's Lives of Moses

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. Dissertation: Modeling the Temple: The Politics of German Jewish Biblical Hermeneutics.