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Faculty Members

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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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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 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 Science Association...
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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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Susan Crane
Associate Professor of Modern European History
Email: scrane@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-1113
Office: Social Sciences 237A
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Bryan 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.

Bryan Davis is the Executive Director of the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center in downtown Tucson. He teaches Jewish Responses to...
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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 The History Department
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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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
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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Joela Jacobs
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
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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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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Sharon Medgal
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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Gil Ribak
PhD, Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies
Email: gribak@email.arizona.edu
TEL: Main Office (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Publications

The book Gentile New York: The Images of Non-Jews among Jewish Immigrants:

https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/gentile-new-york/9780813551647

Courses Taught at  The Univeristy of Arizona

JUS 370a Modern Jewish History: The Jewish People in America

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Howard J. Schwartz
Lecturer, Judaic Studies
Email: sbs-judaic@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: (520) 626-5758
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Gila Silverman
Email: gilas@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
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Max Strassfeld
Assistant Professor
Email: mstrassfeld@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-1383
Office: Learning Services Building Room 222
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Gayil Talshir
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies 2009-2010
Email: msgayil@mscc.huji.ac.il

Gayil Talshir was the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies for the 2009-2010 academic year. She received her Ph.D. from Oxford University and is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she directs the...
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Naomi Tor
BA, Hebrew Lecturer, Career Track, Judaic Studies
Email: npresent@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5758
FAX: (520) 626-5767
Office: Louise Foucar Marshall Building, Suite 420

Naomi Present Tor is a Tucson native and an alumnus of the University of Arizona, where she received her B.A. in French and Italian Language and Literature.  She grew up studying Hebrew and has traveled throughout Israel, where she lived while enrolled in a peace and social justice internship...
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Adam Ussishkin
Associate Professor, Linguistics & Judaic Studies
Email: ussishki@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-7121
FAX: (520) 626-9014
Office: Douglass 312

T.A. Coordinator: I'm an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, with appointments in Cognitive Science, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, Near Eastern Studies, Judaic Studies, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. My research focuses on lexical access, as well as...
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