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J. Edward Wright
Ph.D., Director and The J. Edward Wright Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies
Email: edwright@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
Office: (520) 626-5763

Office Hours: Currently enrolled students should refer to the syllabus posted on D2L.
Office Location: Marshall Bldg., Room 420

  JUS 310 Apocalyptic Imagination
  JUS 372B The History & Religion of Ancient Israel: Ezra-Nehemiah to the Roman Period

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Kerry Adams
Executive Director, American Institute for Maghrib Studies
Email: aimscmes@u.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-6498
Office: Louise Foucar Marshall Bldg. Room 470

Kerry Adams worked on excavations in Israel, Italy and throughout the U.S. Southwest,  and spent a year in Damascus on a Fulbright Fellowship investigating "The Social History of Archaeology in Syria" in 1998. She finished her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona Near Eastern Studies Department...
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Lisa Adeli
PhD, Outreach Coordinator, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Email: adeli@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-7904
FAX: (520) 621-9257
Office: Marshall Bldg, room 474

I am a high school and college teacher by background; now I work in educational outreach (with K-14 teachers, community groups, etc.) at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. I am also a Holocaust educator. Since 2000 I have been a Museum Teacher Fellow with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum....
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Fabian Alfie
PhD, Professor, The Department of French & Italian and Judaic Studies
Email: alfie@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7349
FAX: 520-626-8022
Office: (520) 621-7349
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Shlomo Aronson
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies 2007-2009
Email: sbs-judaic@email.arizona.edu

Shlomo Aronson, of blessed memory, was The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies from 2007-2009. A native of Israel, Aronson is Professor of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His book Hitler the Allies and the Jews received the Israeli Political...
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Karen Borek
PhD, Adjunct Instructor, Religious Studies & Judaic Studies
Email: kborek@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-1383
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 621-1383

Karen Borek is an adjunct instructor for both Religious Studies and Judaic Studies.  Since earning the PhD in Religion at Emory University, she has taught courses on Jesus in Contemporary Thought, Feminist Approaches to the Bible, and the Problem of God and Evil at the University of Arizona and...
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Martha Castleberry
Senior Business Manager
Email: marthac@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5765
FAX: (520) 626-5767

Martha is responsible for the UA academic functions related to the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies and the UA business functions related to the SBS units located in the Marshall Building, Marshall Business Center. Martha is a Tucson native and received a BA from The University of Arizona and a...
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Susan Crane
PhD, Associate Professor, Modern European History
Email: scrane@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-1113
Office: Social Sciences 237A
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Jeanne Davenport
Email: davenpoj@email.arizona.edu
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Sol Davis
PhD, Instructor, Career Track, Judaic Studies
Email: bldavis@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758

For office hours and office location, contact the instructor. 
Currently enrolled students should refer to the syllabus posted on D2L.

Sol Davis is the Executive Director of the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center in downtown Tucson. He teaches Jewish Responses to the...
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William G. Dever
PhD, Professor Emeritus, Judaic Studies & Near Eastern Studies
Email: sbs-judaic@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Dever is an American archaeologist specializing in the history of Israel and the Near East in Biblical times. He was Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson from 1975 to 2002. He is a 1955 graduate of Milligan College. He received his Ph....
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Leonard Dinnerstein
Professor Emeritus, Judaic Studies and History
Email: dinnerst@email.arizona.edu

Leonard Dinnerstein, of blessed memory, was a Professor Emeritus of history and former director of Judaic Studies. His books include The Leonard Frank Case, America and the Survivors of the Holocaust, and Antisemitism in America. Vita


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Mark Elliott
PhD, Instructor, Career Track, Judaic Studies
Email: melliott1@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520 626-5758
FAX: Fax: (520) 626-5767

Mark Elliott received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Near Eastern Studies. He is also the editor of Bible and Interpretation at www.bibleinterp.com .
Courses Taught:
JUS 372a History and Religion of Israel: Biblical Period
JUS 372b History and Religion of Israel: Ezra...
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Ashlyn Galindez
Student Office Assistant
Email: ashlyngalindez@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
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David L. Graizbord
PhD, Associate Professor, Associate Director, Judaic Studies
Email: dlgraizb@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
Office: (520) 626-5758

David Graizbord is a historian of early modern and modern Jews. To date his research has focused mostly on the Western Sephardi Diaspora of the seventeenth century. In particular, Graizbord's writing approaches questions of religious, social, and political identity as these questions shaped the...
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Leonard Hammer
PhD, JD, Visiting Scholar and The David and Andrea Stein Visiting Professor of Modern Israel Studies 2015
Email: lhammer@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5785
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 626-5758

Dr. Hammer is a Visiting Scholar and the 2011, 2012, 2013,  2015 & 2016 David and Andrea Stein Visiting Professor of Modern Israel Studies at the University of Arizona. He is an adjunct professor at The Hebrew University’s Rothberg School and works as an International Expert for the Open...
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Dakota Hogeboom, BS
Administrative Assistant
Email: dhogeboom@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 626-5758
FAX: 626-5767
Office: Marshall 420
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Joela Jacobs
PhD, Assistant Professor, German Studies
Email: joelajacobs@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-2300
Office: LSB 306

Dr. Joela Jacobs is Assistant Professor of German Studies, and she is affiliated with the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Institute of the Environment. She earned her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago, where she...
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Deborah Kaye
PhD, Instructor, Career Track, Judaic Studies
Email: deborahk@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 626-5758

Office Location: Social Sciences #111A

Deborah Kaye earned her PhD in Modern European History from the University of Arizona and her M.A. in Jewish History from The University of Michigan. Her research interests include nineteenth century Italian liberalism and Jewish corporatism. ...
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Thomas Kovach
PhD, Professor, German Studies & Judaic Studies
Email: tkovach@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-1147
Office: Germans Studies Department

Thomas Kovach received his B. A. in German from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 1978.  From 1978 to 1990 he was Assistant and then Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Utah, from 1990 to 1994 he...
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Abigail Limmer, PhD
Instructor, Career Track, Ancient Israel
Email: alimmer@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 626-5788

Office Hours: Currently enrolled students should refer to their syllabus.
Office Location: Marshall Bldg., Room 420

Abby Limmer recieved her B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and is a graduate from the Univerisity of Arizona with a degree in Near Eastern...
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Soloman Littman
Lecturer & Coordinator of Sekhel veLev, Judaic Studies
Email: ##no-email-address-for-sol-littman@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 626-5758

Email: sbs-judaic @email.arizona.edu

Solomon Littman, of blessed memory, was a Visiting Scholar and Coordinator of Judaic Studies Sekhel veLev  (Mind and Heart) program from 2000-2013. He donated twenty-five Soviet-era Ukrainian  booklets on the Holocaust to the United States Holocaust...
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Uri Maimon
MA, Hebrew Lecturer, Hebrew Program Coordinator, Career Track, Judaic Studies
Email: maimonu@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 626-5788

A native of Israel, Uri Maimon has been teaching Hebrew at the University of Arizona for the past seven years. Uri graduated from Tel-Aviv University in Social Studies, and received two Masters Degrees from the University of Arizona in Management Information Systems and Political Science. Uri...
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Shoshana Mayden
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Sharon Medgal
PhD, Director of The University of Arizona Water Sustainability Program
Email: smegdal@cals.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-9591
FAX: (520) 792-8518
Office: (520) 621-9591

Sharon B. Megdal is Director of The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center and C.W. and Modene Neely Endowed Professor. She is Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science and serves as Director of...
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Beth Alpert Nakhai
PhD, Associate Professor, Judaic Studies
Email: bnakhai@email.arizona.edu
TEL: Main Office (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 626-5762

Office Location: Marshall Bldg., Suite 420

Beth Alpert Nakhai is an Associate Professor in the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, and an affiliated member of the School of Anthropology.  In addition, she is affiliated with the School of Middle East and North African Studies and the...
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Thomas L. Price
Lecturer, Career Track, Judaic Studies
Email: tlprice@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 626-5785

Email: tlhomas @yahoo.com

Office Hours: Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm & by appointment
Office location: The Marshall Bldg., Room 429

JUS 387 The History of Anti-Semitism

Tom Price teaches “Israel, Islam & The West” and “The History of Anti-Semitism.” He contributes...
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Ashwini Rajashekar
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Gil Ribak
PhD, Associate Professor, Judaic Studies
Email: gribak@email.arizona.edu
TEL: Main Office (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767

I am an Associate Professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. Born and raised in Israel, I came to the U.S. on a Fulbright dissertator fellowship, and completed my Ph.D in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Afterward I served as the Lewin Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington...
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Jacqueline Schmidt
Outreach Coordinator
Email: jan1@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5759
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 626-5758

Jackie is the Outreach Coordinator for The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. She has over 10 years experience working, volunteering and outreaching in the Tucson community. Her coordinating experience comes from working 3 years in the local hospitality industry engaging with clients from all...
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