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Faculty

  • Amelia Glaser, Ph.D.

    Amelia Glaser, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Jewish Studies Program Director
    Stanford University, 2004

    Department of Literature
    Office: Literature 345 
    Phone: (858) 534-3809
    Email: amglaser@ucsd.edu

    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  Stories of Khmelnytsky: Competing Literary Legacies of the 1648 Ukrainian Cossack Uprising (Stanford U.P., 2015). 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, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program.

  • Mira Balberg, Ph.D.

    Mira Balberg, Ph.D.

    Professor and Endowed Chair in Ancient Jewish Civilization
    Stanford University, 2011

    Department of History
    Office: H&SS 6073 
    Phone: (858) 246-5740

    Email: mbalberg@ucsd.edu

    Mira Balberg  is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean religious history, with a focus on the emergence and development of Judaism in antiquity (200 BCE–500 CE). She is especially interested in the cultural contacts of Jews with their surrounding communities and with the imperial forces that shaped the Middle East in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Her main specialty is Judaism in Roman Syria-Palestine in late antiquity, and particularly the development of rabbinic Judaism in this period. Balberg is the author of Gateway to Rabbinic Literature (The Open University of Israel Press, 2013),  Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature (University of California Press, 2014), and Blood for Thought: The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature (University of California Press, 2017).

  • Deborah Hertz, Ph.D.

    Deborah Hertz, Ph.D.

    Professor  and Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies
    University of Minnesota, 1979

    Department of History
    Office: HSS 6024
    Phone: (858) 534-5501
    Email: dhertz@ucsd.edu

    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.

    Hertz's 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.

  • Lisa Lampert-Weissig, Ph.D

    Lisa Lampert-Weissig, Ph.D

    Professor and Katzin Endowed Chair of Jewish Civilization
    UC Berkeley, 1996

    Department of Literature
    Office: LIT 347
    Phone: 858-822-0204
    Email: llampert@ucsd.edu

    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.

  • Thomas E. Levy, Ph.D.

    Thomas E. Levy, Ph.D.

    Distinguished Professor and Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands
    Sheffield University, 1981

    Department of Anthropology
    Office: SSB 292
    Phone: 858-534-2765
    Email: tlevy@ucsd.edu

    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. He 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 UC San Diego.