Core Faculty

Assistant Professor
Smith Hall, Room 105

Modern Jewish thought, History of Zionism and the State of Israel, Jewish/Christian relations

Associate Professor, Acting Director, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2140

Representation of Jewish life in Russian and East European literature and film (late 19th century to the present), the cultural dialogue and collaboration between Jews and their Slavic neighbors

Robert M. Beren Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Studies
Fraser Hall, Room 740

Intersection of religion, race, ethnicity, and women and gender studies

Professor, Director, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Wescoe Hall, Room 2079

Understanding and reconstructing language history; Comparative method.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 3068

20th-century African-American and Jewish-American literature, cultural studies and American Studies

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2077

Judaism; Jewish Thought; Kant and German Idealism; Rabbinic Literature; Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy; Philosophy of Law and Hermeneutics

Associate Professor
Smith Hall, Room 205

Ancient Mediterranean religions, languages, and archaeology; Greek and Coptic papyrology

Associate Professor, Associate Director, Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 2127

Yiddish and Slavic morphosyntax and pragmatics, general and Jewish folklore, Jewish culture

Lecturer, Hebrew Program Coordinator
4030 Wescoe Hall


Lecturer, Jewish Studies

Jewish history, theology, philosophy, film

Lecturer, Jewish Studies

Modern Jewish history, medieval and early modern European Jewry, East European Jewry, interwar Polish Jewry, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, the history of Jewish women

Eric Welch
Visiting Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4031

Near Eastern archaeology, Hebrew Bible, ancient economy, state formation, historical geography, Semitic languages

Professor of Classics, Academic Director of Jewish Studies Interim Director of the Center for Global and International Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 1032 and 4029

Art and archaeology of pre-classical and classical Greece, classical sculpture and architecture, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, early synagogues in the Galilee


Associate Professor
Smith Hall, Room 203

Hebrew Bible, the ancient Near Eastern world, early Judaism (especially the Dead Sea Scrolls), early Christianity, historical relations between Christianity and Judaism

Upcoming Program Events

Kudos to Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at KU! Dr. Perelmutter is the keynote speaker at the first annual Linguistics Symposium at Ohio State University, themed “Language Away from the Homeland.” Dr. Perelmutter’s research interests include Yiddish and Slavic linguistics, (im)politeness, identity construction, and women’s online discourse. More information about the symposium can be found on the website.

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