Office: Literature 345
Specific inquiries and requests regarding Jewish Studies Program funding, curriculum, collaborations, and the like should be submitted to the program director.
Associate Professor Amelia Glaser, Ph.D
Jewish Studies Program Director/Russian and Soviet Studies Program Director
Department of Literature: Russian Literature (19th and 20th Century), Modern Yiddish Literature, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Transnational Jewish Literature, The Literatures of Ukraine
Office: LIT 345 Phone: (858) 534-3809
Amelia Glaser is an associate professor of Russian and comparative literature. Her work focuses on Jewish-Slavic literary exchange, and she has written extensively on Russian, Yiddish, and Ukrainian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of Jews and Ukrainians: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop (Northwestern U.P., 2012), and the translator of Proletpen: America's Rebel Yiddish Poets (Wisconsin U.P., 2005). She is also currently the director of the Russian and Soviet Studies program.
Professor Deborah Hertz, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 1979
Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies
Department of History: Jewish History, German History, and European Women’s History
Office: HSS 6024 Phone: (858) 534-5501
Deborah Hertz was trained in graduate school as a historian of Germany, with a focus on the late eighteenth century and on German Jewry. She has written two books about conversion and assimilation among Jews in Germany, especially in Berlin. Her current project is a history of radical Jewish women in Russia and Palestine. In that book-in-progress she seeks to understand which of the modern political movements at the close of the nineteenth century offered greater personal and career satisfaction to young women eager to change the world. Her teaching has addressed topics in modern Jewish history, including the Holocaust, Zionism and modern Israel, and the history of Jewish women and the Jewish family. She is fascinated by the challenge of understanding the modern Jewish experience in the context of racism, religious tradition, and modern nationalism. Professor Hertz enjoys bringing undergraduate students together with Holocaust survivors and the wider public engaged with history. Along with Brian Schottlaender, University Librarian, she co-founded and co-directs the Holocaust Living History Workshop, which offers public programs throughout the year on the UCSD campus.
Professor Lisa Lampert-Weissig,Ph.D
UC Berkeley, 1996
Katzin Chair of Jewish Civilization
Department of Literature: English Literature, and Comparative Medieval Studies
Office: LIT 347 Phone: (858) 822-0204
Lisa Lampert-Weissig is a specialist in medieval literature and culture with a particular interest in medieval Jewish-Christian relations and the history of anti-Semitism. She has published on representations of Jews and Judaism in literatures in Middle English, Old French and Middle High German as well as on modern German-Jewish literature and on representations of Jews and Judaism in contemporary U.S. culture. She is especially interested in engaging the enduring impact of medieval literature and culture in the contemporary world.
Professor Thomas Levy, Ph.D.
Sheffield University, 1981
Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands
Department of Anthropology: Archaeology of Israel
Office: SSB 292 Phone: (858) 534-2765
Levy is a Levantine field archaeologist with interests in the role of technology, especially early mining and metallurgy, on social evolution from the beginnings of sedentism and the domestication of plants and animals in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (ca. 7500 BCE) to the rise of the first historic Levantine state level societies in the Iron Age (ca. 1200 – 500 BCE). Levy has been the principal investigator of many interdisciplinary archaeological field projects in Israel and Jordan that have been funded by the National Geographic Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and other organizations. Tom also conducts ethnoarchaeological research in India and is associate director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) at the California Institute of Telecommunication and Information Technology (Calit2) at UCSD.