Visiting Faculty: 2017-2018 Academic Year


Visiting Scholar Adi Hercowitz-Amir, Ph.D.

University of Haifa

Dr. Hercowitz-Amir specializes in the study of attitudes and policy formation toward immigrant out-groups, Adi Hercowitz-Amir recently earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa

Areas of expertise: Public opinion; public policy; minorities; emerging scholars

Fall 2017 - SOCI 125 Sociology of immigration: Immigration from a comparative, historical, and cultural perspective. Topics include: factors influencing amount of immigration and destination of immigrants; varying modes of incorporation of immigrants; immigration policies and rights; the impact of immigration on host economies; refugees; assimilation; and return migration.

Visiting Faculty: 2016-17 Academic Year

Rami Kimchi

Visiting Scholar Adi Shany

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Adi Shany will join us as a visiting scholar in winter and spring 2017. She specializes in the Economics of Education, Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics.

WINTER 2017 - ECON 182 - Topics in the Israeli Economy:
This course explores economic processes which shape the Israeli economy. Topics include: biblical economics, economics of religion, economic growth, income inequality and consumer protests, employment, globalization, inflation, the high-tech sector, terrorism, and education.

Visiting Faculty: 2014-15 Academic Year

Rami Kimchi

Visiting Assistant Professor Rami Kimchi, Ph.D

University of Michigan

Rami Kimchi is an Israeli culture critic and filmmaker. His films include Galia’s Wedding (1986), Travels with My Brother (1997), Cinema Egypt (2001), and Father Language (2006), The Night of Fools ( 2014)  His main research interests are Israeli cinema, modern Hebrew literature, Yiddish literature, Palestinian cinema, and Near Eastern cinema. He has published a book- The Israeli Shtetls – Bourekas Films and Yiddish Literature (2012, Resling )-  and articles in Shofar, Reeh, Balshanoot Ivrit ,Dapim ,Moreshet Israel and Hakivoon Mizrach.

Kimchi received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, his DEA in Jewish Civilization from Paris University, his MA in Hebrew Literature and his BA in Film Television from Tel Aviv University.

Kimchi was the winner of the Dov Sadan Prize for Hebrew Literature in 1993 and won prizes for his film Galia’s Wedding at the International Film Festival in Jerusalem in 1987 and the Munich International  Film Festival in 1986.

Joellyn Zollman

Visiting Lecturer Joellyn Zollman, Ph.D

Brandeis University

Joellyn Wallen Zollman holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University. Her dissertation, completed in 2002, is a history of American synagogue gift shops. This topic incorporates two of her areas of specialization, Jewish art and Jewish history. Professionally, Dr. Zollman has worked with the Jewish material culture collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the Skirball Museum, and The American Jewish Historical Society. Locally, she has taught classes on Jewish history, American religion, and religious art and architecture at San Diego State University, UCSD, and the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture.

Winter 2015 Courses

HIUS 118. How Jews Became American
This course explores the history of Jews in America from the colonial period to the present, focusing on both the development of Jewish communities primarily as a result of immigration and evolving relations between Jews and the larger American society.

America has been a sort of golden land for Jews, offering unprecedented freedoms and opportunities. What does this mean for Jewish identity? It means that Jewish immigrants who came to this country were faced with choices about identity and community. This course explores those choices and the decisions that Jews made about how to create American Jewish life.

Fall 2014 Courses

JUDA 111. Topics in Judaic Studies: Love and Desire in Hebrew Literature Course Flyer [PDF]
In a letter to his fellow Yiddish writer Shalom Aleichem, Mendele Mocher Sforim, warns Shalom Aleichem not to write a Jewish novel, because love affairs and romances are alien to Jewish culture and to its social mores.

The course will deal with short stories that focus on love affairs in Hebrew literature starting with the renaissance of Hebrew literature in the 1890s and including stories by some of the most prominent Hebrew writers. The course will indicate the change in the attitude of the authors towards the subject over the years. The stories will be read in their English translation.

LTWL 180. Film Studies and Literature: Zionism and Peace in New Israeli Cinema Course Flyer [PDF]
The purpose of the course is to investigate ideological and aesthetic sources of contemporary Israeli cinema. Through reading relevant texts and screening Israeli feature films the course will demonstrate how contemporary Israeli cinema resonates with Zionist texts and Yiddish literature. The following films, among others, will be screened and discussed: Walk on Water (Israel, 2004), Ushpizin (Israel, 2004), Waltz with Bashir (Israel, 2008), Lebanon (Israel, 2009), Sallah Shabati (Israel, 1964), and This is Sodom (Israel, 2010).